Young earns NFC Defensive Player of the week

DT Brian Young will be named NFC Player of the Week, the NFL will announce today.

Young earns NFC Defensive Player of the week
By Rams Nation's Site Staff

Young tied an NFL record, shared with 15 others, as he recovered three fumbles against Baltimore last week. The UTEP product added a career-high 11 tackles (five solo), adding one sack, one QB pressure, and one forced fumble. His sack of QB Chris Redman for a seven-yard loss with 4:24 left in the game, forced a punt on the next play, which led to a 27-yard field goal to end the game by K Jeff Wilkins.

Young's previous career-high was a 10-tackle game earlier this season against San Francisco 9/14. Young, in his fourth-year in the NFL, already has five fumble recoveries this season, which ties the franchise record with four other players for recoveries in a season, as the last player to do this was Johnnie Johnson in 1981. He also leads the league in this category.

For the season, Young has collected 49 tackles (19 solo) with one sack, three tackles for loss, five QB pressures, two forced fumbles, and five fumble recoveries.

The award is Young's first such honor of his career, and the Rams' first NFC Defensive Player of the Week honors since DE Grant Wistrom earned the honor in Week 14 of the 2001 season. K Jeff Wilkins earned NFC Special Teams Player of the Month honors for September, while WR Torry Holt earned NFC Offensive Player of the Month honors for October.

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