K-State in the NFL - Wild Card Weekend

Darren Sproles

Jan. 9, 2012

MANHATTAN, Kan. – As the NFL season enters the playoffs, k-statesports.com will highlight former Kansas State players Jordy Nelson and Darren Sproles as their teams try to advance to Super Bowl XLVI.

Jordy Nelson, WR – Green Bay Packers
Nelson and the Green Bay Packers were off during the Wild Card Weekend after earning the No. 1 seed for the NFC Playoffs. The Packers will host the New York Giants on Sunday.

During the regular season, Nelson had 68 receptions for 1,263 yards and 15 scores – all career highs. He finished the year third in the NFL (second among wide receivers) in touchdowns and third in the league in average per catch among players with 40 or more receptions (18.6). The former walk-on at Kansas State was ninth in total receiving yards despite the fact that that was tied for 29th in receptions. Also, his 93-yard touchdown reception against St. Louis in week six was the fourth-longest in the league this year.

Darren Sproles, RB/Returner – New Orleans Saints
Sproles played a big role in helping New Orleans defeat Detroit, 45-28, last Saturday as the Saints advanced to the divisional round. Sproles, who set the NFL single-season all purpose yardage record at 2,696, rushed 10 times for 51 yards and two touchdowns against the Lions, while he caught four passes for 34 yards and totaled 54 yards on two kickoff returns. His first rushing touchdown of the afternoon – a two-yarder – tied the game at 7-7, while his 17-yard score in the fourth quarter pushed the Saints’ lead to 31-21. New Orleans will travel to San Francisco to take on the 49ers on Saturday.
Video Highlights: 2-yd TD run  |  17-yd TD run

A former draft pick by San Diego, Sproles accumulated 710 receiving yards on 86 receptions (8.3 yards per catch) during the regular season, while he had 603 yards on the ground. He also had 10 total touchdowns, coming on seven pass receptions, two rushes and a punt return. Sproles finished the regular season seventh in the league (first among running backs) in receptions, while his 27.2-yard kickoff-return average was tops in the league among players with 40 or more returns.

Video Highlights from NFL.com