Monday, November 16, 2009

Usama Young Saints Player of Week 10 Vs Rams

The award was a tough call this week following some indifferent displays all round.  There were a number of Saints who could have walked off with this as a result of so many earning 7 out of 10 ratings but I've forsaken the Reggie Bush vote (he's won enough accolades in his short career) so as usual the Falconer is going for the underdog namely Usama Young and here's why:

Usama Young Saints Cornerback - The 3rd year man from Kent State came into the banged up Saints secondary and did a great job of nullifying passes on his side of the field.  He made an important interception in the Saints end zone snuffing out a potential scoring drive and managed to return it 24 yards.  He ended the day with 4 tackles and 1 pass deflection but more importantly ensured the banged up unit were not left embarrassed andproved we can rely on him for future games this season.

Usama Young Saints
Usama Young Saints MVP Week 10 Vs Rams

And the runners-up are:

Reggie Bush Saints Running Back - He was due a big game and Rocket Reggie duly delivered with a season best 83 yards off just 6 carries and 2 2nd Quarter touchdowns, 1 on a pass from Drew Brees the other on a 3 yard draw play.  The Reggie Bush mph speed-o-meter looked to easily hit +22 on the crossing pattern as the former USC man beat his man to the corner for the go ahead score.  Later in the game Bush exploded out of the backfield for a 55 yard pick up, his longest carry of the season. 

Devery Henderson Saints Wide Receiver - With Marques Colston and Robert Meachem conspicuous by their absence it was left to the former LSU man to represent the Saints wide men with an impressive 4 for 72. 

David Thomas Saints Tight End - The back up man with just 7 receptions all year coming into this game ended it with 5 more.  He made a number of important grabs in the 1st half to help maintain drives and provided an important outlet to Brees with many of his marquee receivers well covered.  Perhaps his most telling contribution was throwing a vital block for Robert Meachem en route to a 41 yard run in the 2nd.  A sound performance all round by the former Longhorn. 

Courtney Roby Saints Kick Return Specialist - Roby took the 2nd half kick off and flew down the sideline to score the first such touchdown by a Saints player since Michael Lewis in the 2004 season.  This was a vital score for the black and gold coming so early in the second half and Roby must be congratulated for his turn of speed in breaking clear on the play.

Jonathan Stinchcomb Saints Tackle - Along with the other unheralded Saints Offensive Linemen he kept the Rams pass rush at bay affording Drew Brees ample time to pick his targets from the pocket.  His run blocking was also a major factor particularly in opening up the hole that Reggie Bush was able to exploit on his 55 yard gain in the 3rd.


  1. I am a Usama fan.

    Do you buy any of this talk of Mike McKenzie returning?

  2. I don't know. Time will tell but if the rumours be true I guess it can't be that bad as long as he's kept himself in some kind of good shape. Whatever it takes to keep us on course till cool and the gang get themselves healthy is good for me.

    What do you believe?

  3. Mike McKenzie was always one of my favorite players, and if can come in and provide some extra support, it might be good morale wise. My only concern is how good of shape is he in?