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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)

#PLAYERPOSHTWTAGEYRSCOLLEGE
43Joique BellRB5-11220242Wayne State
46Ladell BettsRB5-112243110Iowa
25Reggie BushRB6-0203266Southern California
44Heath EvansFB6-02503211Auburn
30Lynell HamiltonRB6-0235253San Diego State
TBDMark IngramRB5-921521RAlabama
29Chris IvoryRB6-0222232Tiffin
21Julius JonesRB5-10208298Notre Dame
36Chris TaylorRB6-0224274Indiana
23Pierre ThomasRB5-11215265Illinois
35DeShawn WynnRB5-10232275Florida

2011 Saints Running Back Rushing Stats

PLAYERCARYDsAVGLGTDs
Ladell Betts451503.3122
Reggie Bush361504.523-
Heath Evans221.021
Chris Ivory
1377165.255T5
Julius Jones481934.054-
Pierre Thomas832693.2162
TOTAL3511,4804.255T10

#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:

YEARCARYDsAVGLNGTDs
2010 - NO451503.3122
2009 - WAS562103.8182
2008 - WAS612063.4141
2007 - WAS933353.6201
2006 - WAS2451,1544.7264
2005 - WAS893383.8221
2004 - WAS903714.1271
2003 - WAS772553.313T2
2002 - WAS653074.7271
TOTAL8213,3264.12715

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:

YEARCARYDsAVGLGTD
2010 - NO361504.223-
2009 - NO703905.6555
2008 - NO1064043.8432
2007 - NO1575813.7224
2006 - NO1555653.6186
TOTAL5242,0904.05517

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:

YEARCARYDsAVGLGTDs
2010 - NO221.02-
2009 - NO5163.261
2008 - NE11232.14-
2007 - NE341213.6113
2006 - NE271174.335-
2005 - MIA100.0--
2005 - NE511923.821-
2004 - SEA7202.97-
2003 - SEA7243.48-
2002 - SEA17533.18-
2001 - SEA2115.57-
TOTAL1645793.5354

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:

YEARCARYDsAVGLGTDs
2010 - NO-----
2009 - NO351253.6192
2008 - NO-----
TOTAL351253.6192

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):

YEARCARYDsAVGLGTDs
20081437435.14012
20092711,6786,17017
20101589035.55413
TOTAL5723,3245.87042

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:

YEARCARYDsAVGLGTDs
20101377165.255T5

Career Receiving Stats:

YEARRECYDsAVGLGTDs
201011717.017-

#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:

YEARCARYDsAVGLGTDs
2010 - NO481934.054-
2010 - SEA12302.56-
2009 - SEA1776633.762T2
2008 - SEA1586984.4332
2007 - DAL1645883.6252
2006 - DAL2671,0844.177T4
2005 - DAL2579933.9515
2004 - DAL1978194.2537
TOTAL1,2805,0684.07722

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:

YEARCARYDsAVGLGTDs
2010 - NO-----
2009 - NE-----
2008 - HOU14372.617-
2007 - HOU-----
2006 - HOU281234.4171
TOTAL421603.81

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:

YEARCARYDsAVGLGTDs
2010 - NO832693.2162
2009 - NO1477935.434T6
2008 - NO1296254.842T9
2007 - NO522524.824T1
TOTAL4111,9394.74218

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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