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Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Yanda comes up big




October 5, 2010

Marshal Yanda, who has shuffled back and forth between guard and tackle during his four years with the Ravens, did a terrific job preventing Steelers linebacker LaMarr Woodley from reaching Joe Flacco on Sunday.

Not only did Yanda hold Woodley without a sack, he held him to one quarterback hurry. Woodley, who had two sacks, 10 tackles and a forced fumble in a win over the Ravens last December, contributed just five tackles Sunday.

"Woodley's a great player and I had to work my butt off every time I was blocking him," Yanda said. "I just tried to stay to my fundamentals, my technique, and I think as a group, we did a really good job. Mike [Oher] did a great job and the inside three guys did a great job, too."

Yanda admitted he was upset coming to the sideline after the Ravens failed to score on two plays from the Pittsburgh 2 late in the game.

"Everybody was mad we didn't make it, but then as we got off to the sideline, everybody was saying, 'We're going to get another shot, everybody lock in. We're getting another shot because the defense is going to pin them [on the goal line] and we're going to get it on the 50,'" Yanda said.

"And we did all that. We were ready to go, and wham, we went right down the field."

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