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Fleur-De-Facts: Backfield

A look at the Saints backfield

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

This week we look at the Saints backfield:

Saints Backfield (11)

# PLAYER POS HT WT AGE YRS COLLEGE
43 Joique Bell RB 5-11 220 24 2 Wayne State
46 Ladell Betts RB 5-11 224 31 10 Iowa
25 Reggie Bush RB 6-0 203 26 6 Southern California
44 Heath Evans FB 6-0 250 32 11 Auburn
30 Lynell Hamilton RB 6-0 235 25 3 San Diego State
TBD Mark Ingram RB 5-9 215 21 R Alabama
29 Chris Ivory RB 6-0 222 23 2 Tiffin
21 Julius Jones RB 5-10 208 29 8 Notre Dame
36 Chris Taylor RB 6-0 224 27 4 Indiana
23 Pierre Thomas RB 5-11 215 26 5 Illinois
35 DeShawn Wynn RB 5-10 232 27 5 Florida

2011 Saints Running Back Rushing Stats

PLAYER CAR YDs AVG LG TDs
Ladell Betts 45 150 3.3 12 2
Reggie Bush 36 150 4.5 23 -
Heath Evans 2 2 1.0 2 1
Chris Ivory
137 716 5.2 55T 5
Julius Jones 48 193 4.0 54 -
Pierre Thomas 83 269 3.2 16 2
TOTAL 351 1,480 4.2 55T 10

#43 Joique Bell

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Did you know?
*He joined the Saints following the conclusion of the 2010 regular season and spent time on the rosters of Philadelphia and Indianapolis as a rookie.
*He played in 44 career games (42 starts), compiling 8,055 all-purpose yards and 576 points (88 rushing TDs, eight receiving TDs), ranking him ninth and fifth, respectively, in NCAA history at Wayne State.

Career Stats:None

#43 Ladell  Betts

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Did you know?
*The former Iowa standout has appeared in 111 games with 14 starts.
*He has a 24.0 career kickoff return average with one touchdown.
*Had a career-best eight receptions for 48 yards, vs. Cleveland on Oct. 24, 2010.
*Led Iowa in rushing four consecutive years and was voted second-team All-Big Ten by league's coaches following senior season.

Career Rushing Stats:

YEAR CAR YDs AVG LNG TDs
2010 - NO 45 150 3.3 12 2
2009 - WAS 56 210 3.8 18 2
2008 - WAS 61 206 3.4 14 1
2007 - WAS 93 335 3.6 20 1
2006 - WAS 245 1,154 4.7 26 4
2005 - WAS 89 338 3.8 22 1
2004 - WAS 90 371 4.1 27 1
2003 - WAS 77 255 3.3 13T 2
2002 - WAS 65 307 4.7 27 1
TOTAL 821 3,326 4.1 27 15

Career Receiving Stats:

YEAR
REC
YDs
AVG
LNG
TDs
2010 - NO
23
141
6.1
25
-
2009 - WAS
17
179
10.5
25
-
2008 - WAS
22
200
9.1
27
-
2007 - WAS
21
174
8.3
28
1
2006 - WAS
53
445
8.4
34
1
2005 - WAS
10
78
7.8
26
1
2004 - WAS
15
108
7.2
20
-
2003 - WAS
15
167
11.1
34
-
2002 - WAS
12
154
12.8
40
-
TOTAL
188
1,646
8.8
40
3

#25 Reggie Bush

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Did you know?
*His 294 career receptions are more than any running back in the league since he was drafted in 2006, also the fifth-most in club record books. 
*His 88 receptions as a rookie is a NFL record for a first-year running back.
*He's one of only six players to have multiple seasons with a rushing, receiving and punt return for a touchdown (2006 and 2008).

Career Rushing Stats:

YEAR CAR YDs AVG LG TD
2010 - NO 36 150 4.2 23 -
2009 - NO 70 390 5.6 55 5
2008 - NO 106 404 3.8 43 2
2007 - NO 157 581 3.7 22 4
2006 - NO 155 565 3.6 18 6
TOTAL 524 2,090 4.0 55 17

Career Receiving Stats:

YEAR
REC
YDs
AVG
LG
TD
2010 - NO
34
208
6.1
20
1
2009 - NO
47
335
7.1
29
3
2008 - NO
52
440
8.5
42T
4
2007 - NO
73
417
5.7
25
2
2006 - NO
88
742
8.4
74
2
TOTAL -
294
2,142
7.3
74
12

#44 Heath Evans

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Did you know?
*He was the 2010 recipient of the Saints' Ed Block Courage Award after a successful comeback from a torn ACL in 2009.
*In his debut as a Saint, he had a career-high four catches for 35 yards, including a 13-yard screen pass for a TD against the Lions on Sept. 13, 2009.
*He was the first fullback taken in the 2001 NFL Draft.
*He was a three-year letterman at Auburn (1998-2000), playing in 28 games and starting 16.
*He and his wife, Beth Ann, have two daughters, Ava and Naomi.

Career Rushing Stats:

YEAR CAR YDs AVG LG TDs
2010 - NO 2 2 1.0 2 -
2009 - NO 5 16 3.2 6 1
2008 - NE 11 23 2.1 4 -
2007 - NE 34 121 3.6 11 3
2006 - NE 27 117 4.3 35 -
2005 - MIA 1 0 0.0 - -
2005 - NE 51 192 3.8 21 -
2004 - SEA 7 20 2.9 7 -
2003 - SEA 7 24 3.4 8 -
2002 - SEA 17 53 3.1 8 -
2001 - SEA 2 11 5.5 7 -
TOTAL 164 579 3.5 35 4

Career Receiving Stats:

YEAR
REC
YDs
AVG
LG
TDs
2010 - NO
7
41
5.9
18
1
2009 - NO
10
70
7.0
13T
2
2008 - NE
3
59
19.7
28
-
2007 - NE
4
43
10.8
29
-
2006 - NE
7
34
4.9
11
1
2005 - MIA
4
17
4.3
5
-
2005 - NE
10
88
8.8
19
-
2004 - SEA
2
12
6.0
9
-
2003 - SEA
2
34
17.0
20
-
2002 - SEA
8
41
5.1
13
-
2001 - SEA
-
-
-
-
-
TOTAL
57
439
7.7
29
4

#30 Lynell Hamilton

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Did you know?
*In his first NFL start at Buffalo on Sept. 27, 2009, he ran for 24 yards on five carries, including a one-yard TD.
*He led the Saints in rushing in the 2009 preseason, carrying 40 times for 177 yards (4.4 avg.).
*In four years at San Diego State, he had 2,052 rushing yards on 480 carries for 14 touchdowns and caught 57 passes for 360 yards and three touchdowns.

Career Rushing Stats:

YEAR CAR YDs AVG LG TDs
2010 - NO - - - - -
2009 - NO 35 125 3.6 19 2
2008 - NO - - - - -
TOTAL 35 125 3.6 19 2

Career Receiving Stats:

YEAR
REC
YDs
AVG
LG
TDs
2010 - NO
-
-
-
-
-
2009 - NO
5
48
9.6
16
-
2008 - NO
-
-
-
-
-
TOTAL
5
48
9.6
16
-

Mark Ingram

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**

Did you know?
*He shattered school records at Alabama with 1,658 rushing yards on 271 carries with 17 touchdowns for Alabama's 2009 National Championship squad.  
*He only turned the ball over twice during his career at Alabama in which he got the ball 634 times (572, rushes, 60 receptions and two kickoff returns)
*His 42 touchdown runs at Alabama broke Shaun Alexander's previous school all-time record (41; 1996-99) and tied Anthony Dixon of Mississippi State for seventh (2006-09) in SEC annals.

Rushing Stats (at Alabama):

YEAR CAR YDs AVG LG TDs
2008 143 743 5.1 40 12
2009 271 1,678 6,1 70 17
2010 158 903 5.5 54 13
TOTAL 572 3,324 5.8 70 42

Receiving Stats (at Alabama):

YEAR
REC
YDs
AVG
LG
TDs
2008
7
54
7.7
27
-
2009
32
334
10.4
69
3
2010
21
282
13.4
78
1
TOTAL
60
670
11.2
78
4

#29 Chris Ivory

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**

Did you know?
*He finished 2010 ranked fourth in the NFL in yards per carry (5.2) and his rushing total (716) was ranked second among NFL rookies, the fourth-highest single-season total by a Saints rookie.
*He ranked No. 2 in ProFootballFocus.com's rankings of most elusive running backs in 2010, behind fellow undrafted rookie LaGarrette Blount of the Buccaneers.
*He made the Sporting News All-Rookie Team and Pro Football Weekly/Pro Football Writers of America All-Rookie squad.

 Career Rushing Stats:

YEAR CAR YDs AVG LG TDs
2010 137 716 5.2 55T 5

Career Receiving Stats:

YEAR REC YDs AVG LG TDs
2010 1 17 17.0 17 -

#21 Julius Jones

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Did you know?
*He has played in 94 games (77 starts) that included stays in Dallas, Seattle and New Orleans.
*In the NFC Wild Card Playoff at Seattle on Jan. 8, he carried 15 times for 59 yards with two TDs, the first two of his postseason career and had six receptions for 61 yards, including playoff career-long 33 yard grab.
*He is one of four runners in Notre Dame history to rush for over 3,000 yards.

Career Rushing Stats:

YEAR CAR YDs AVG LG TDs
2010 - NO 48 193 4.0 54 -
2010 - SEA 12 30 2.5 6 -
2009 - SEA 177 663 3.7 62T 2
2008 - SEA 158 698 4.4 33 2
2007 - DAL 164 588 3.6 25 2
2006 - DAL 267 1,084 4.1 77T 4
2005 - DAL 257 993 3.9 51 5
2004 - DAL 197 819 4.2 53 7
TOTAL 1,280 5,068 4.0 77 22

Career Receiving Stats

YEAR
REC
YDs
AVG
LG
TDs
2010 - NO
17
59
3.5
13
-
2010 - SEA
-
-
-
-
-
2009 - SEA
35
232
6.6
49
2
2008 - SEA
14
66
4.7
17
-
2007 - DAL
23
203
8.8
24
-
2006 - DAL
9
142
15.8
39
-
2005 - DAL
35
218
6.2
26
-
2004 - DAL
17
109
6.4
37
-
TOTAL
150
1,029
9.8
49
2

#36 Chris Taylor

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Did you know?
*He spent most of the 2010 season on the Saints practice squad and signed with the Saints to reserve/futures contract on Jan. 13, 2011.
*Finished career at Indiana with 1,762 yards rushing on 402 carries and 12 touchdowns.

Career Rushing Stats:

YEAR CAR YDs AVG LG TDs
2010 - NO - - - - -
2009 - NE - - - - -
2008 - HOU 14 37 2.6 17 -
2007 - HOU - - - - -
2006 - HOU 28 123 4.4 17 1
TOTAL 42 160 3.8 1

Career Receiving Stats:

YEAR
REC
YDs
AVG
LG
TDs
2010 - NO
-
-
-
-
-
2009 - NE
-
-
-
-
-
2008 - HOU
-
-
-
-
-
2007 - HOU
-
-
-
-
-
2006 - HOU
3
40
13.3
24
-
TOTAL
3
40
13.3
24
-

#23 Pierre Thomas

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Did you know?

*He is ranked third in club history with a 4.7 yards per carry average.
*ProFootballFocus.com ranked him No. 1 on its Best Drop Percentage Rankings of running backs from 2008-10 as he only dropped one of his 112 catchable passes during that time span.
*He was one of only two rookie free agents to make the Saints opening day roster in 2007.
*He threw out the first pitch at the White Sox-Indians game on April 9, 2010.
*He played 40 games at Illinois and ranks sixth in school's history with 2,545 rushing yards.

Career Rushing Stats:

YEAR CAR YDs AVG LG TDs
2010 - NO 83 269 3.2 16 2
2009 - NO 147 793 5.4 34T 6
2008 - NO 129 625 4.8 42T 9
2007 - NO 52 252 4.8 24T 1
TOTAL 411 1,939 4.7 42 18

Career Receiving Stats:

YEAR
REC
YDs
AVG
LG
TDs
2010 - NO
29
201
6.9
23
-
2009 - NO
39
302
7.7
36
2
2008 - NO
31
284
9.2
24
3
2007 - NO
17
151
8.9
17
1
TOTAL
116
938
8.1
36
6

#35 DeShawn Wynn

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Did you know?
*He has appeared in 23 games with four starts for Green Bay, New Orleans and San Francisco.
*Helped lead the University of Florida to the BCS National Championship in 2006, averaging 4.9 yards per carry as a senior to lead the Gators with 699 rushing yards and five touchdowns.

Career Rushing Stats:

YEAR
CAR
YDs
AVG
LG
TDs
2010 - NO/GB
-
-
-
-
-
2009 - GB
6
19
3.2
6
-
2008 - GB
8
110
13.8
73T
1
2007 - GB
50
203
4.1
44
4
TOTAL
64
332
5.2
73T
5

Career Receiving Stats:

YEAR
REC
YDs
AVG
LG
TDs
2010 - NO
-
-
-
-
-
2009 - NO
2
19
9.5
11
-
2008 - NO
3
30
10.0
16
-
2007 - NO
94
73
8.1
18
-
TOTAL
14
122
8.7
18
-

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