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Ryan Grant, A.J. Hawk, Frank Zombo earn game balls vs. Titans

Posted by Mike Spofford on December 24, 2012 – 1:25 pm

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The Packers coaching staff has awarded game balls to RB Ryan Grant (offense), LB A.J. Hawk (defense) and LB Frank Zombo (special teams) for their performances in the 55-7 victory over Tennessee on Sunday.

Grant, taking the bulk of the rushing workload for an injured Alex Green (concussion), rushed 20 times for 80 yards and two TDs. It was the most rushing yards by a Packers RB this season since Cedric Benson had 84 in Week 4 vs. New Orleans. It was also the most carries Grant has had in a game since late in the 2009 season. He added a 34-yard reception on a screen pass for 114 total yards from scrimmage.

Hawk was credited by the press box statisticians with seven tackles (six solo), including two sacks and three tackles for loss. He also had three QB hits. It was Hawk’s first two-sack game since 2008 as the Packers racked up seven sacks total of Tennessee QB Jake Locker.

Zombo was credited with one coverage tackle, bringing down Titans returner Darius Reynaud at the 21-yard line on the opening kickoff.


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35 Responses to “Ryan Grant, A.J. Hawk, Frank Zombo earn game balls vs. Titans”

  1. By Tarlam on Dec 24, 2012 | Reply

    Hawk was a monster. Too bad it was one of only a few games since he was drafted.

    Grant was a monster. Too bad it was one of only a handful of games since became, then wasn’t a Packer.

    Zombo was a monster. Too bad… oh, you can guess the rest.

  2. By GB AND ISU FAN on Dec 24, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Tarlam, Guess who is the leading tackler this season for the Pack! Any guesses? Answer: AJ Hawk. GO Pack!!!

  3. By Dms on Dec 24, 2012 | Reply

    Tarlam was a clown. Too bad it was to be expected.

  4. By dennis hendrickson on Dec 24, 2012 | Reply

    I love me some AJ Hawk he was a monster out there think he is underrated and has been a headstone in the defense this year !! Also was a nice seeing Ryan getting into the endzone a couple of times with decent yards with the carries you can see he is hungry !! hope he keeps his momentem going !! GO PACK GO !!

  5. By steve hudson on Dec 24, 2012 | Reply

    Hawk has been the leading tackler just about the whole season. Its puzzling that the sports media doesn’t see this. Check the stats Tarlam!

  6. By hurry up and wait on Dec 24, 2012 | Reply

    Just who is this guy AJ Hawk?. (sarcasm intended)
    Has he been on the team long?. (sarcasm also intended)
    He must have been a nobody coming out of college, right? (wreaking sarcasm)

    As a self proclaimed Hawk hater, I don’t mind being shut up with great play. Great Game, just a Great Game!. way to go Hawk.
    Hope we can expect more of the same in the future.

  7. By billfromc'ville on Dec 24, 2012 | Reply

    Wasn’t AJ the leading tackler last year? I can’t remember because he has been such a good steady player since he got here. I agree with Steve Hudson.

  8. By Big Cheese on Dec 24, 2012 | Reply

    You’re right hurry up and wait, some past bloggers hit it right on the head, Hawk should be gone, J Jones should be gone, Capers and MM should both be gone (Serious sarcasm intended). I love the way this is all unfolding. Go Pack Go…

  9. By Kenny on Dec 24, 2012 | Reply

    Hawk has been prety good this whole year. Ironicaally, it’s the Packers that people love to hate, that have had to come up huge this year.

    In addition to Hawk, James Jones, has had a tremendous year.

    Bush set the tone in training camp with his physical play according to reports. He has always been a really good Special Teams player including again this year.

    Lastly, Finley has been …… well ok 3 out of 4 isn’t bad. In Finley’s defense, even he has been playing pretty well the last 3 games or so.

  10. By Big Red on Dec 24, 2012 | Reply

    One thing you can say for Hawk, he’s durable. I can’t remember when he’s missed a game due to injury. Drafted no. 5 overall he hasn’t lived up to expectations, maybe he’s a late bloomer.

  11. By MontanaPackfan on Dec 24, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Big Cheese….Merry Christmas. The Pack looked good against Tennessee, hope we spank the Viks just as bad!!!

    Roll on Green Roll on

  12. By Chad on Dec 24, 2012 | Reply

    Hawk actually missed two games last year. However, he’s definitely been a difference maker when on the field. In 2010 he was the Packer’s leading tackler and he is again this year. I think Desmond Bishop was actually the lead tackler last year, but I think Bishop has more upside than Hawk – That’s just my opinion. Still, taking nothing away from Hawk.

    Kenny: Finley is probably playing better since he read that article saying the Packers are cutting him loose this offseason. He knows he either needs to step it up, or he’ll be looking for a new job next summer.

  13. By Lombardi on Dec 24, 2012 | Reply

    Hawk is only the leading tackler because two other inside linebackers are on IR. Per game tackling leader (with starts) would be Brad Jones as the top tackler.

  14. By gregbaypack on Dec 24, 2012 | Reply

    I am happy with our running game but don’t understand why Dajuan doesn’t get more carries.

  15. By Big Cheese on Dec 24, 2012 | Reply

    Merry Christmas Montana, and to the entire Packer Nation. We have the best History, Tradition, Team, and Fans, in the NFL. Let’s go make another statement against the Vikes. Go Pack Go…

  16. By packman on Dec 24, 2012 | Reply

    Seems to be alot of Hawk haters here. Before posting your slams on Hawk, I would suggest you go to Packers.com and actually read Hawk’s bio. For those who think that he is not a performer (from Packers.com) Hawk has either led or was second in tackles in 5 of his 6 years with the Packers. You dont do that if you are not performing.

  17. By Ky Packer Fan on Dec 25, 2012 | Reply

    Here is the bottom line, The O & D line are almost as healthy as they have been all season, our rookies are well learned and performing very well for the most part; except with 1:49 to go Sunday they let a receiver get wide open. Woodson should be back Sunday so we can spell our safety’s if need be. Fresh legs help keep AP in check. With Clamaker, Hawk and the rest of the D-line pretty healthy it shouldn’t be a problem to put this away!

  18. By Ky Packer Fan on Dec 25, 2012 | Reply

    Oh Merry Christmas and a Happy Post Season to us all!

    GO! PACK! GO!

  19. By Tarlam on Dec 25, 2012 | Reply

    I don’t hate Hawk

  20. By vorel on Dec 25, 2012 | Reply

    yes hawk has been the leading tackler. But that is a reflection of his team mates. his tackles has often been dragging the back down and allowing extra yards after runners have been turned his direction. in addition. he isn’t good in coverage or blitzes.

  21. By chelio on Dec 25, 2012 | Reply

    MLB always lead the team in tackles. the problem is Hawk normally makes them 6-8 yds down field. He is the packers biggest physical detriment. Coaches love his approach, leadership and smarts, but he cant cover so he isnt an every down player. The great MLB are everydown players and the great defensed have sideline to sidline guys like SF’s Willis. I am not a fan of Hawk. Glaring Packer weakness.

  22. By designlessthts on Dec 25, 2012 | Reply

    Happy Christmas Packers! And A Special Happy Christmas To You Duke! I Got My Gift November 1St When I Talked To Jordy! -Jordynator Brittany!

  23. By JP on Dec 25, 2012 | Reply

    Merry christmas to all Packers fans around the world.
    Go Pack Go From Montreal, Canada.
    Cheesehead Worldwide.

  24. By Darrell on Dec 25, 2012 | Reply

    I’ll put it like the this; Hawk isn’t the most athletic LB, but where would we be without him? Remember our SB year, Barnett got hurt, who was there, Hawk..this year Bishop and D.J. Smith get hurt, who’s there, Hawk! He’s a solid player on our defense.

  25. By Tim on Dec 25, 2012 | Reply

    Hawk is playing with much more agressiveness than he usually does, and that is very encouraging. He has always had decent stats (#2 in tackles usually,) but those stats never showed that he was usually tentative at the point of attack (tackling while getting run over instead of meeting the ball carrier and pushing them back.)

    However, Hawk has always been the anchor around which the defensive playmakers orbit. Guys like CM3 and Woodson can’t take risks if they don’t have a guy like Hawk to maintain the integrity of the defense. Haters like flashy guys, but Hawk got his contract extension for the very reason I stated above.

  26. By hurry up and wait on Dec 25, 2012 | Reply

    Just who is this AJ Hawk guy anyways?(sarcasm intended)
    Is he new to the team(sarcasm intended, again)
    Bet he was some really low draft choice, huh?.(wreaking and dripping with sarcasm)
    Ok so I’m not a AJ Hawk fan. Even if his stats are respectable, if you can get a body on him he never can get off a block straight up, and guesses into wrong gaps almost always.
    I love it a player like Hawk can shut me up. Even a Hawk hater like me.
    Great job Hawk, you deserve it. Lets hope you can keep up the good work.

  27. By conner on Dec 25, 2012 | Reply

    I believe Desmond bishop was the leading tackler last year

  28. By sean on Dec 25, 2012 | Reply

    AJ Hawk is an integral part of the defense that D Capers uses. DC is a blitz happy guy and i love it, he gambles on those downs by being aggressive. Hawk is the run stopper. If both OLB’s are going for the qb on a draw or handoff play hawk needs to be somewhat conservative to make sure the back does not break into the secondary.
    AJ doesnt hit people with his shoulders unless hes helping a teammate tackle. he tackles them with his arms and often gets bowled over, but whatever because did CJ2K just get a TD? no it was just a bunch of yards. big deal. capers gives up yards for free.
    Hawk is even respected by the other teams. how many good teams will use their G or FB to get a block on no.50? all of them. FIFTY IS ALWAYS THE MIKE

  29. By Darrell on Dec 25, 2012 | Reply

    I just like the way our defense is playin this year; especially with what happened last year…but I still think we need a big D-lineman similar to Cullen Jenkins

  30. By NJG£RJAJ£ST on Dec 25, 2012 | Reply

    fahts in ma fayce

  31. By Gouda on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    Hey Lombardi. Whats with the what if stuff? Well if Desmond this, well if Clay that. No ifs. The fact is HE IS the leading tackler. Enough said.

  32. By NJG£RJAJ£ST on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    colonoscopy footage

  33. By peteo on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    Plain and simple Hawk is not worth the money the Packers are paying him

  34. By Mike from Chicago on Dec 26, 2012 | Reply

    Hawk had an incredible game and is having a GREAT season. He was drafted high out of college, so expectations of him have always been high, so I think that is the reason most people have been hard on him. This year is a pro-bowl year, long overdue, but congrats. I think the haircut has done him some good.

  35. By Gabriel on Dec 29, 2012 | Reply

    GO hawk!!! I dont understand how zombo gets a game ball everyother week when all he ever does is get one tackle if his lucky,, if he can actually catch up to the other player.

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