DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 20: Titus Young #16 of the Detroit Lions celebrate a second quarter touchdown while playing the Carolina Panthers at Ford Field on November 20, 2011 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)
Pride of Detroit is counting down the top 10 Lions players of 2012, as voted on by readers of the site. More than 400 ballots were submitted, and today we are taking a look at the No. 8 player on the list.
No. 8 - WR Titus Young - 1,024 points
There was a pretty small gap between No. 9 Jason Hanson and No. 10 Jahvid Best on the top 10 Lions of 2012, but that wasn't the case between Hanson and the No. 8 player, Titus Young. Young ended up with 274 more points than Hanson, giving him a comfortable lead for the eighth spot on this list. Young didn't even receive a single vote for first or second, but the fact that he was included on a total of 265 ballots pushed him way past Hanson and Best.
Young has had a notable offseason in 2012 both for good and bad reasons. The negative aspect of his offseason was when he allegedly sucker punched teammate Louis Delmas in a skirmish during workouts. The Lions reportedly told Young to stay away from the facility for a bit after this, and he was absent for a week of OTAs before returning and apologizing for his actions.
Since Young has been back, seemingly every report about him has been positive. Not only is he impressing the media with what he has done on the field, but he has also been impressing his teammates off the field. Given what happened earlier in the offseason, the news has been extremely promising, to say the least.
A lot of people think Young is poised to have a breakout season for the Lions in 2012. As a rookie in 2011, he had 607 yards and six touchdowns on 48 catches, and he proved to be a reliable target for Matthew Stafford. He seemed to get better as the year went on, and in 2012, it seems like he could become Stafford's favorite target not named Calvin Johnson, as indicated by him coming in at No. 8 on the top 10 Lions of 2012.
|Top 10 Lions of 2012|
|1.||WR Calvin Johnson (281)||4,370 points|
|2.||QB Matthew Stafford (168)||4,259 points|
|3.||DT Ndamukong Suh (4)||2,981 points|
|4.||LB Stephen Tulloch||2,190 points|
|5.||DE Cliff Avril (1)||2,014 points|
|6.||TE Brandon Pettigrew||1,256 points|
|7.||S Louis Delmas||1,230 points|
|8.||WR Titus Young||1,024 points|
|9.||K Jason Hanson (1)||750 points|
|10.||RB Jahvid Best||747 points|