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Fleur-De-Facts: Linebackers

Posted Jul 15, 2011

A look at the 13 Saints linebackers

NewOrleansSaints.com will look at each position group on the Saints roster over the summer. So far we have looked at seven groups: Tight Ends, Safeties, Quarterbacks, Defensive Linemen, Specialists, Cornerbacks and Wide Receivers.

This week we look at the linebackers:

 Linebackers (13)

# NAME HT WT AGE YRs SCHOOL
53 Stanley Arnoux 6-0 232 24 3 Wake Forest
62 Ezra Butler 6-2 248 26 1 Nevada
52 Jonathan Casillas 6-1 227 24 3 Wisconson
55 Danny Clark 6-2 245 34 12 Illinois
56 Jo-Lonn Dunbar 6-0 226 26 4 Boston College
54 Ramon Humber 5-11 232 23 3 North Dakota State
94 Kawika Mitchell 6-1 253 31 9 South Florida
50 Marvin Mitchell 6-3 249 26 5 Tennessee
58 Scott Shanle 6-2 245 31 9 Nebraska
51 Jonathan Vilma 6-1 230 29 8 Miami (Fla.)
59 Anthony Waters 6-3 238 26 4 Clemson
TBD Nate Bussey 6-1 219 22 R Illinois
TBD Martez Wilson 6-4 250 21 R Illinois

 Saints 2010 Linebacker Stats:

Player TOT SOLO AST SCK PD FF FR
Stanley Arnoux 5 3 2 - - 1 -
Danny Clark 59 47 12 - 1 1 -
Jo-Lonn Dunbar 40 32 8 1.0 2 - 1
Ramon Humber 2 2 - - - - -
Marvin Mitchell 43 33 10 1.0 2 2 2
Scott Shanle 76 55 21 - 2 1 1
Jonathan Vilma 105 71 34 4.0 3 3 1
Anthony Waters 9 8 1 - - - -
TOTAL 339 251 88 6.0 10 8 5

#53 Stanley Arnoux

Did you know?
*He played nine games on special teams last season before being placed on injured reserve on Nov. 23.
*He was a three-year starter at Wake Forest where he started 42 of 51 games.
*He averaged seven tackles a game as a senior at Wake Forest.

Career Stats:

YEAR TOT SOLO AST SCK PD FF FR
2010 - NO 5 3 2 - - - -

#62 Ezra Butler

Did you know?
*He signed with the Saints as a free agent on Jan. 19, 2011, following a postseason stay on the N.Y. Jets practice squad.
*He entered the NFL as an undrafted free agent signed by the Panthers on May 2, 2008.
*He played for the UFL's Las Vegas Locomotives from 2009-10.
*He attended Nevada from 2004-2007 and led the school with 92 tackles as a senior in 2007.
*He is the son of two-time Grammy-nominated guitarist, songwriter and producer Jonathan Butler.

Career Stats: None

Nate Bussey

Did you know?
*He finished with 83 tackles and tied for the Big Ten Conference lead with three fumble recoveries on his way to All-Big Ten honorable mention honors as senior in 2010.
*He was co-winner of Illinois’ Outstanding Special Teams award last season.
*He is one of three Saints linebackers from the University of Illinois, along with Danny Clark and fellow rookie Martez Wilson.

Career Stats (at Illinois):

YEAR TOT SOLO AST PD SCK FF FR
2007 10 5 5 - - - -
2008 21 12 9 2 - - -
2009 43 30 13 1 0.5 1 -
2010 83 48 35 2 1.0 - 3
TOTAL 156 96 60 5 1.5 1 3

#52 Jonathan Casillas

Did you know?
*He finished second on the club in the preseason with 18 tackles (16 solo) last season before suffering a season ending foot injury.
*He played in 11 regular season games with two starts at WLB in place of an injured Scott Shanle for the last two contests during his rookie season (2009).
*In his first NFL start vs. Tampa Bay on Dec. 27, 2009, he tied for a team lead with ten tackles (seven solo).

Career Stats:

YEAR TOT SOLO AST SCK PD FF FR
2010 - NO - - - - - - -
2009 - NO 20 11 9 - - - -
TOTAL 20 11 9 - - - -

#55 Danny Clark

Did you know?
*He has played in 168 games with 103 starts since 2000.
*Last season, he played in 14 games with 10 starts at SLB and finished with 59 tackles (32 solo) with one pass defense, a forced fumble and four special teams stops.
*He is one of three Saints linebackers from the University of Illinois, along with rookies Nate Bussey and Martez Wilson.
*He finished sixth on Illini’s career list with 384 tackles, just past Pro Football Hall of Fame LB Dick Butkus.
*He established the charitable foundation “Danny Clark 55 Foundation” to benefit children.
*He has a pair of twin brothers who have been stationed in Iraq and Afghanistan while serving in the U.S. Marine Corps and Air Force.

 Career Stats:

YEAR TOT SOLO AST PD SCK FF FR
2010 - NO 59 47 12 1 - 1 -
2009 - NYG 53 34 19 2 2.0 - -
2008 - NYG 70 43 27 1 - 2 -
2007 - HOU 51 40 11 1 - 1 -
2006 - NO 29 23 6 - - - -
2005 - OAK 113 82 31 7 1.0 - -
2004 - OAK 129 98 31 5 2.0 1 -
2003 - JAC 40 29 11 - - 1 -
2002 - JAC 91 69 22 3 2.0 - -
2001 - JAC 28 23 5 - - 2 -
2000 - JAC 20 19 1 - - 1 2
TOTAL 683 507 176 19 7.0 9 2

#56 Jo-Lonn Dunbar

Did you know?
*He registered a career-best 50 tackles in 13 games with eight starts last season.
*He started and made three tackles, including his first career sack, when he dropped QB Colt McCoy for a three-yard loss vs. Cleveland on Oct. 24, 2010.
*He was a two-year starter and captain at Boston College, notching 269 tackles with 2.5 sacks and two interceptions over his 46-game career.

Career Stats:

YEAR TOT SOLO AST SCK PD FF FR
2010 - NO 40 32 8 1.0 2 - 1
2009 - NO 20 13 7 - - - -
2008 - NO 20 17 3 - 2 - -
TOTAL 80 62 18 1.0 4 - 1

#54 Ramon Humber

Did you know?
*He signed with the Saints in the final month of the 2010 campaign after spending the first season and a half of his NFL career with the Colts.
*He was a four-year letterman at North Dakota State, starting 32 of the 43 games he appeared in and made 249 tackles.
*He led the Bison with 93 tackles (57 solo) as senior in 2008.

Career Stats:

YEAR TOT SOLO AST SCK PD FF FR
2010 - IND 2 1 1 - - - -
2010 - NO 2 2 - - - - -
2009 - NO 32 27 5 - - 1 -
TOTAL 36 30 6 - - 1 -

#94 Kawika Mitchell

Did you know?
*He joined the Saints late in 2010 to add depth to their linebacker corps and on special teams.
*He has played in 96 NFL games with 85 starts at both middle and outside linebacker with the Chiefs, Giants, Bills and the Saints.
*He began his college career at Georgia before transferring to South Florida following redshirt freshman season.
*His first name translates to David.
*He and his wife Billie have a son, Lewai (pronounced Levi) and a daughter, Eliza.

Career Stats:

YEAR TOT TCK AST SCK PD FF FR
2010 - NO - - - - - - -
2009 - BUF 27 17 10 - - 1 -
2008 - BUF 82 57 25 4.0 3 2 -
2007 - NYG 76 54 22 3.5 4 2 1
2006 - KC 104 82 22 1.5 2 - 1
2005 - KC 105 84 21 2.0 10 - 2
2004 - KC 72 58 14 1.0 3 1 2
2003 - KC 21 17 4 - 1 - -
TOTAL 487 369 118 12.0 23 6 6

#50 Marvin Mitchell

Did you know?
*He posted a career-high 38 tackles along with one sack, three pass defenses, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries in 2010.
*He notched his first career sack as he ran QB Joe Flacco out of bounds for a four-yard loss, to go with one special teams stop at Baltimore on Dec. 19, 2010.
*He was a team captain as a senior at the University of Tennessee, playing in 40 games (15 starts) during career, finishing with 154 stops.

Career Stats: 

YEAR TOT SOLO AST SCK PD FF FR
2010 - NO 43 33 10 1.0 2 2 2
2009 - NO 27 23 4 - - - -
2008 - NO 10 8 2 - - - 1
2007 - NO 9 8 1 - - - -
TOTAL 89 72 17 1.0 2 2 3

#58 Scott Shanle

Did you know?
*In his 74 games as a Saint, he has posted 562 tackles, six sacks, two interceptions, four forced fumbles and four fumble recoveries.
*He was an All-Big 12 honorable mention selection as a senior at Nebraska after collecting 71 tackles, two sacks, and a forced fumble
*He was a standout RB and DB at St. Edward (Neb.) HS.
*His younger brother Andrew, played DB for Nebraska and then was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Bears in 2007, spending the latter part of that season on the Giants practice squad.

 Career Stats:

YEAR TOT SOLO AST SCK PD FF FR
2010 - NO 76 55 21 - 2 1 1
2009 - NO 69 57 12 - 3 - 2
2008 - NO 87 60 27 2.0 5 1 -
2007 - NO 68 43 25 - 1 2 1
2006 - NO 98 74 24 4.0 1 1 -
2005 - DAL 45 34 11 1.5 2 - -
2004 - DAL 29 20 9 - 1 - -
2003 - DAL 0 - - - - - -
2003 - STL 3 3 - - - - -
TOTAL 475 346 129 7.0 15 5 4

#51 Jonathan Vilma

Did you know?
*He has been the club’s leading tackler the past three seasons.
*He has been voted by his teammates as a defensive team captain and by opposing players, coaches and fans as a Pro Bowl selection the past two season.
*He came in at No. 37 on the NFL Network’s “Top 100: Players of 2011.”
*He was the 2004 Associated Press NFL Defensive Rookie of the Year.

Career Stats:

YEAR TOT SOLO AST SCK PD FF FR
2010 - NO 105 71 34 4.0 3 3 1
2009 - NO 110 87 23 2.0 8 - -
2008 - NO 132 98 34 1.0 6 2 3
2007 - NYJ 43 32 11 - 3 - -
2006 - NYJ 114 67 47 - 5 1 1
2005 - NYJ 169 124 45 0.5 6 4 1
2004 - NYJ 107 77 30 2.0 5 - 1
TOTAL 780 556 224 9.0 36 10 7

#59 Anthony Waters


Did you know?
*He played in a career-high 10 games last season and notched a career-best nine total tackles.  
*He earned Honorable Mention All-ACC honors as a junior at Clemson after leading team with 109 tackles.
He was the recipient of Clemson’s Solid Rock Award in 2005, given by coaches to the outstanding linebacker.

Career Stats:

YEAR TOT SOLO AST SCK PD FF FR
2010 - NO 9 8 1 - - - -
2009 - NO 2 2 - - - - -
2008 - SD 3 3 - - - - 1
2007 - SD - - - - - - -
TOTAL 14 13 1 - - - 1

Martez Wilson

Did you know?
*He led the Illini in tackles last season with 112 tackles, while adding 11.5 tackles for losses, four sacks, three forced fumbles, a fumble recovery, an interception and four pass defenses.
*He was an All-Big Ten first team selection in 2010.
*He is one of three Saints linebackers from the University of Illinois, along with fellow rookie Nate Bussey and Danny Clark.

 Career Stats (at Illinois):

YEAR TOT SOLO AST PD SCK FF FR
2007 29 14 14 1 2.0 - -
2008 73 35 35 3 3.0 1 2
2009 9 2 7 - - - -
2010 112 47 65 4 4.0 3 1
TOTAL 223 102 121 8 9.0 4 3

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