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Friday, October 11, 2013
Wake-up caw: 'Rock' of the Ravens' defense

By Jamison Hensley

The Ravens have plenty of Pro Bowl players on their defense along with the likes of cornerback Lardarius Webb and leading tackler Daryl Smith.

So, who's the rock of the defense? Apparently Courtney Upshaw.

As The Baltimore Sun pointed out, defensive coordinator Dean Pees wanted to make sure reporters and fans knew about the dirty work being done by Upshaw, steering a question about Terrell Suggs into an answer about the most unheralded member on defense.

"He’s smart," Pees said. "You can put him anywhere and you can play him anywhere. [It may not be] the best thing for him physically to play at a position, but you can move him all over the place. Sometimes you can’t do that with guys. Double-J, Jarret Johnson, was that way. You could just do some things with him because he is such an intelligent football player.”

Upshaw doesn't fill up the stat sheet. He is 12th on the team with 10 tackles and has one sack this season. But teammates know his value.

“He’s our rock,” linebacker Elvis Dumervil said of Upshaw. “He’s the guy who anchors as far as setting the edge, and he’s a guy who can go inside and sub, and be inside and outside.”

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