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Mariani, Babin Selected for 2011 Pro Bowl

Posted Dec 28, 2010

Return specialist Marc Mariani (left) and defensive end Jason Babin (right) are the Titans' representatives for the 2011 Pro Bowl.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Tennessee Titans defensive end Jason Babin and return specialist Marc Mariani were named to the AFC squad for 2011 NFL Pro Bowl, which will be played Jan. 30, 2011, at Aloha Stadium in Honolulu, Hawaii.

In his first season with Tennessee, Babin leads the Titans with 12.5 sacks, which is tied for third place in the NFL. He leads all AFC defensive ends in sacks and trails only Miami linebacker Cameron Wake (14.0) and Atlanta defensive end John Abraham (13.0) in the NFL rankings. Babin’s 12.5 sacks also put him in a tie for ninth place on the franchise’s all-time single-season sack list. The eight-year veteran ranks second on the team with 10 tackles for loss and is tied for third on the squad with 15 quarterback pressures. The Pro Bowl honor is the first of Babin’s career.

Mariani, the Titans’ 2010 seventh-round draft pick (222nd overall selection), leads the AFC and ranks third in the NFL with a 12.9-yard punt return avg. The former University of Montana standout also ranks fourth in the AFC and 10th in the NFL with a 25.2-yard kickoff return average. He is the only player in the NFL to return both a punt and a kickoff for a touchdown in 2010 and is just the second Titans/Oilers player to do so in the same regular season (Billy Johnson, 1975 and 1977). He collected his first career score with a 98-yard kickoff return against Denver (10/3/10) and was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week after posting an 87-yard punt return for a touchdown against Washington (11/21/10). Last week at Kansas City (12/26/10), he broke a 47-year old franchise record by surpassing Bobby Jancik’s 1963 total of 1,317 kickoff return yards. Mariani also has accumulated the second-highest total of return yards on punts and kickoffs in franchise history. He trails only Derrick Mason’s 1,794 yards in 2000. Since the team moved to Tennessee, Mariani is the fourth Titans’ rookie to be named to the Pro Bowl.

Each year, NFL coaches, players and fans vote upon players to be elected to AFC and NFC Pro Bowl teams. Last season, Tennessee was represented by four players, including running back Chris Johnson, center Kevin Mawae, defensive end Kyle Vanden Bosch and quarterback Vince Young. Since moving the franchise to Tennessee in 1997, the Titans organization has had 48 Pro Bowl representatives.

MARIANI 2010 GAME-BY-GAME

• Against Oakland (9/12), in his first NFL contest returned three kickoffs for
70 yards and three punts for 21 yards. Saw limited action as a reserve wide
receiver.

• Against Pittsburgh (9/19), brought back three punts for 43 yards and four
kickoffs for 97 yards. Returned a punt 38 yards to the Steelers’ 40-yard line
in the first quarter.

• At N.Y. Giants (9/26), returned three kickoffs for 74 yards. Returned the
opening kickoff 45 yards to the Titans’ 48-yard line. Collected a special
teams tackle on coverage units.

• Against Denver (10/3), returned six kickoffs for 187 yards with a
touchdown and one punt for nine yards. Gave the Titans a 17-13 lead with
a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the third quarter.

• At Dallas (10/10), returned three kickoffs for 109 yards and fair caught
one punt. Set up the Titans’ winning touchdown with a 73-yard kickoff
return to the Dallas 11-yard line late in the fourth quarter. Notched a special
teams tackle on coverage units.

• At Jacksonville (10/18), returned two kickoffs for 50 yards and one punt
for nine yards. Collected a solo tackle on special teams coverage units.

• Against Philadelphia (10/24), returned four punts for 43 yards. Brought
back a punt 20 yards in the fourth quarter.

• At San Diego (10/31), returned seven kickoffs for 159 yards and one
punt for 17 yards. Notched a solo tackle on special teams coverage units.
Returned a punt 17 yards to the Titans’ 26-yard line in the second quarter.

• At Miami (11/14), served as the return specialist and returned three punts
for a career-best 61 yards and four kickoffs for 92 yards. Gave the Titans
great field position with a 30-yard punt return to the Dolphins’ 47-yard line
in the first quarter.

• Against Washington (11/21), named AFC Special Teams Player of the
Week after returning three kickoffs for 82 yards and one punt for 87 yards
and a touchdown. Gave the Titans a 7-0 lead with an 87-yard punt return
for a touchdown with 8:18 remaining in the first quarter. It tied for the
second-longest punt return for a touchdown in franchise history, equaling
Billy Johnson’s 87-yarder against Cleveland on Oct. 16, 1977.

• At Houston (11/28), returned four kickoffs for 93 yards and two punts for
25 yards.

• Against Jacksonville (12/5), returned two kickoffs for 37 yards and one
punt for four yards. Tied for the team lead with a solo special teams tackle.

• Against Indianapolis (12/9), returned seven kickoffs for 173 yards and
one punt for zero yards.

• Against Houston (12/19), returned three kickoffs for 90 yards and one
punt for two yards.

• At Kansas City (12/26), returned five kickoffs for 98 yards and three punt
returns for one yard. Set the Titans’ single-season record for kickoff return
yards with a 14-yard return in the first quarter. Returned the opening kickoff
of the second half 38 yards to the Titans’ 39-yard line.

BABIN 2010 GAME-BY-GAME

• Against Oakland (9/12), started at defensive end and posted three
tackles, a sack, a tackle for loss and a forced fumble in his Titans debut.
Dropped Jason Campbell for a six-yard sack while forcing a fumble that
was recovered by the Raiders in the second quarter. Stonewalled Darren
McFadden for a one-yard loss on a rush off right guard in the third stanza.

• Against Pittsburgh (9/19), started at defensive end and led the team with
10 tackles, including a sack and a tackle for loss. Dropped Dennis Dixon
for a sack on the final play of the first quarter. Teamed with Jamie Winborn
to stop Mewelde Moore for a one-yard loss on a rush off right tackle in the
second quarter. Combined with Michael Griffin to stuff Rashad Mendenhall
for a four-yard loss on a rush off left tackle in the third quarter.

• At N.Y. Giants (9/26), started at defensive end and collected six tackles,
including a tackle for loss and two quarterback pressures. Teamed with
Jason Jones to stuff Ahmad Bradshaw for a three-yard loss on a short pass
in the first quarter. Combined with Jones to stonewall Bradshaw for a twoyard
loss on a rush off right tackle in the third quarter.

• Against Denver (10/3), started at defensive end and notched seven
tackles, 1.5 sacks, a tackle for loss and a quarterback pressure. Teamed
with Dave Ball to drop Kyle Orton for a five-yard sack in the first quarter.
Ended a Broncos’ drive by sacking Orton for a nine-yard loss on third-andsix
in the first quarter. Stuffed Correll Buckhalter for a five-yard loss on a
rush off left tackle in the fourth quarter.

• At Dallas (10/10), started at defensive end and posted four tackles,
including two sacks. Dropped Tony Romo for a five-yard sack in the
second quarter.

• At Jacksonville (10/18), started at defensive end and recorded five
tackles, a half sack and two quarterback pressures. Teamed with Dave
Ball to sack Trent Edwards for a four-yard loss in the fourth quarter.

• Against Philadelphia (10/24), started at defensive end and tallied
five tackles, including a tackle for loss and four quarterback pressures.
Stonewalled LeSean McCoy for a five-yard loss on a rush off right guard in
the second quarter.

• At San Diego (10/31), started at defensive end and notched six tackles,
including a sack and a tackle for loss. Stuffed Ryan Mathews for a oneyard
loss on a rush off right tackle in the second quarter. Sacked Philip
Rivers for a five-yard loss on a third-and-nine play in the third quarter.

• At Miami (11/14), started at defensive end and collected eight tackles,
including a tackle for loss. Stuffed Ronnie Brown for a three-yard loss on
a rush off left guard in the first stanza.

• Against Washington (11/21), started at defensive end and recorded four
tackles, and a sack. Pounced on a fallen Donovan McNabb for a sevenyard
sack on the first play from scrimmage in the first quarter.

• At Houston (11/28), started at defensive end and posted five tackles,
including two tackles for loss and a sack. Dropped Matt Schaub for a sixyard
sack on a third-and-10 play in the third quarter. Stuffed Arian Foster
for a one-yard loss on a rush off right tackle in the third quarter.

• Against Jacksonville (12/5), started at defensive end and tallied a five
tackles and a quarterback pressure.

• Against Indianapolis (12/9), started at defensive end and notched six
tackles, a sack and a quarterback pressure. Dropped Peyton Manning for
a seven-yard sack in the second quarter.

• Against Houston (12/19), started at defensive end and registered seven
tackles, including two sacks, three quarterback pressures and a forced
fumble. Dropped Matt Schaub for a seven-yard sack in the second quarter.
Collected his second sack of the game by stripping Schaub of the ball on a
third-and-five play in the fourth quarter.

• At Kansas City (12/26), started at defensive end and collected 11 tackles,
including a half sack, a tackle for loss and a quarterback pressure. Teamed
with Jason Jones to sack Matt Cassel for a six-yard sack in the third quarter.

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