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Fordham Alum Isa Abdul-Quddus Makes New Orleans Saints


Published: Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Updated: Wednesday, September 7, 2011 03:09

Courtesy of The Ram Archives

Fordham's Isa Abdul-Quddus made the Saints 53-man roster after signing with the team as an undrafted free agent.

Last year, quarterback John Skelton made Fordham history when he was drafted in the fifth round by the Arizona Cardinals. Now he is not alone in the pros. Safety Isa Abdul-Quddus, who led the Rams with 78 tackles and three forced fumbles last season, is a member of the New Orleans Saints.

Abdul-Quddus, who signed with New Orleans as an undrafted free agent, feels like his style of play is well-suited to the Saints, a team that has a defense known for its physical, aggressive style.

"I feel like I fit in perfectly," Abdul-Quddus said. "I'm a guy who likes to play physically and hit."

Abdul-Quddus tied for the Patriot League lead with 0.27 forced fumbles per game last season.

According to the team's official Web site, Abdul-Quddus was one of nine safeties on the Saints' roster on July 28. He lasted long enough to be one of the four on the final roster.

Even though Abdul-Quddus made his mark in Fordham's secondary, he will have to have an impact in another facet of the game.

"I think [special teams] are going to be my main role," Abdul-Quddus said. "We have some great safeties in Roman Harper and Malcolm Jenkins here."

Abdul-Quddus feels as if it was his play on special teams that helped him make the team.

"Special teams play helped," Abdul-Quddus said. "That and I picked up the playbook fast."

Abdul-Quddus believes his Fordham education helped him learn the playbook quickly, even though he did not have much time because of the NFL lockout, which prevented undrafted free agents from signing until the days leading up to training camp.

"It was [difficult] at the beginning," Abdul-Quddus said. "I got used to it and it helped out. Going to Fordham and having that great education helped me adapt faster."

He also credits John Skelton for bringing attention to Fordham football.

"John Skelton paved the way for all of us," Abdul-Quddus said. "If he didn't go there not as many scouts would have been around and there wouldn't have been as much notoriety for our players. He paved the way for myself and future players."

Another turning point for Abdul-Quddus came in the Texas vs. The Nation all-star game in San Antonio.

"What helped a lot was my all-star game," Abdul-Quddus said. "I proved that I can play at an NFL caliber and it wasn't hard to adjust."

"In the game, I recorded a few tackles and played well," Abdul-Quddus added. "But I played really well in practice."

Going forward, Abdul-Quddus is unsure of his role for the upcoming season but is confident he can contribute.

"I want to have a big impact on special teams," Abdul-Quddus said. "I want to make as many plays as possible and get the Saints back to the Super Bowl."

The adjustment to an NFL environment has not seemed to faze Abdul-Quddus.

"It was a lot easier," he said. "I feed off the energy of the crowd. A lot of people are in there and it's loud. You have to play well; there's a lot of motivation."         

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