K-State in the NFL - Week 6

Josh Freeman

Oct. 16, 2012

MANHATTAN, Kan. – Each week throughout the 2012 season, k-statesports.com will highlight former Kansas State football players currently in the NFL.

Brandon Banks, WR/Kick Returner – Washington Redskins
Banks helped the Washington Redskins earn a 38-26 victory over the Minnesota Vikings Sunday afternoon. The third-year kick returner caught two passes for three yards, while he returned one punt and had two rushes. In six games this year, Banks has averaged 25.1 yards per kickoff return and 11.3 yards per punt return. His 10 kickoff returns of 20 or more yards rank 11th in the league. The Redskins are tied for second in the NFC East at 3-3.

Bryce Brown, RB – Philadelphia Eagles
A seventh-round pick in last year’s draft, Brown rushed five times for four yards in Philadelphia’s 26-23 overtime loss to Detroit. In six games this season, Brown has totaled 51 yards on 19 carries and made two tackles on special teams. The Eagles are tied for second in the NFC East with a 3-3 record.

Jeromey Clary, OL – San Diego Chargers
Clary, a sixth-year offensive lineman for the Chargers, started his 70th career game for San Diego – the team that drafted him in the sixth round in 2006 – in its 35-24 loss Monday night to Denver. The Chargers and Broncos are tied atop the AFC West standings at 3-3.

Zac Diles, LB – Tennessee Titans
Diles, a fifth-year linebacker, helped Tennessee capture its second win of the year in a 26-23 victory over Pittsburgh on Thursday night. Diles, who has 235 career tackles, did not record any statistics for the 2-4 Titans.

Josh Freeman, QB – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The fourth-year starting quarterback for Tampa Bay, Freeman had the fourth 300-yard game of his career and the second-highest output in his career by throwing for 328 yards and three touchdowns on 15-of-26 aim in the Buccaneers’ 38-10 win over Kansas City on Sunday. Freeman, who was sacked just once and had one interception, tossed touchdown passes of 62, 19 and 17 yards, while he rushed three times for five yards. In five games this season, Freeman has thrown for 1,118 yards and eight touchdowns on 80-of-145 passing, while he has rushed 13 times for 27 yards. His seven passes of 40 or more yards are tied for the most in the NFL, while his eight touchdown passes are tied for 11th. Tampa Bay, which is 2-3 this season, is second in the NFC South.
Video Highlights: 36-yd pass  |  17-yd TD pass  |  19-yd TD pass

Tysyn Hartman, S – Kansas City Chiefs
Hartman, an undrafted rookie free agent, was inactive for the first time this season in Kansas City’s 38-10 loss at Tampa Bay on Sunday. In five games this year, Hartman has two tackles and also broke up a pass at Buffalo. The Chiefs are 1-5.

Rob Jackson, LB – Washington Redskins
Jackson made his fourth-straight start at outside linebacker on Sunday in Washington’s 38-26 victory over Minnesota on Sunday. The fourth-year player carded three tackles, including one for a loss of two yards. In six games this year, Jackson has totaled 13 stops to give him 28 in his career. Washington is tied for second in the NFC East with a 3-3 mark.

Ryan Lilja, OL – Kansas City Chiefs
Lilja made his 95th career NFL start, his 36th playing for Kansas City and his fourth consecutive at center in the Chiefs’ 38-10 setback at Tampa Bay on Sunday. Despite the loss, Lilja helped anchor a Kansas City offensive line that did not allow a sack. The Chiefs are 1-5 this season.

Jeron Mastrud, TE – Miami Dolphins
A third-year tight end, Mastrud played on special teams and two-tight end sets Sunday in Miami’s 17-14 win at home over St. Louis. It was Mastrud’s 28th career NFL game – all coming with the Dolphins, who are tied with the other three AFC East teams with a 3-3 record.

Jordy Nelson, WR – Green Bay Packers
Nelson was instrumental in Green Bay’s 42-24 victory Sunday night at Houston. The fifth-year receiver hauled in nine passes for 121 yards and three touchdowns. His three touchdowns tied a career high he set against Detroit in the 2011 regular-season finale, while it was his seventh career 100-yard receiving game. In six games this year, Nelson has 32 catches for 410 yards and four touchdowns. His five touchdown receptions are tied for fifth in the NFL. The Packers are 3-3 this season to sit in third place in the NFC North.
Video Highlights: 41-yd TD reception  |  21-yd TD reception  |  1-yd TD reception

Terence Newman, CB – Cincinnati Bengals
A 10-year NFL veteran who is in his first season with Cincinnati, Newman led the Bengals with nine tackles in their 34-24 loss at Cleveland on Sunday. The Salina, Kan., native, who has 35 tackles this year, has produced 577 in his career. Cincinnati is in second place in the AFC North with a 3-3 record.

William Powell, RB – Arizona Cardinals
Playing in just his third career NFL game, Powell was the feature running back for Arizona, which suffered a 19-16 overtime loss at home to Buffalo on Sunday. Powell, who led the NFL in rushing during the preseason, carried 13 times for 70 yards, including one that went for 17 yards. He also caught one pass for eight yards and returned a pair of kickoffs for a 24.5-yard average. In his first three NFL games, Powell has rushed 16 times for 79 yards, caught six passes for 34 yards and returned five kickoffs for a 27.8-yard average. Arizona is tied for the NFC West lead at 4-2.

Darren Sproles, RB/Returner – New Orleans Saints
Sproles and the New Orleans Stains were off last week. The eighth-year running back has accumulated 235 receiving yards on 28 receptions, 91 rushing yards on 17 carries and has averaged 28.7 yards on kickoff returns. He leads all running backs in receptions and receiving yards, while he is kickoff return average is 11th overall and third among players with 14 or more returns. The Saints are tied for third in the NFC South at 1-4.

Daniel Thomas, RB – Miami Dolphins
Thomas was inactive for Miami’s 17-14 victory Sunday over St. Louis. In four games this year, Thomas has 113 rushing yards and two touchdowns on 36 carries, while he has caught four passes for 57 yards. Miami is tied for the AFC East lead at 3-3.

Reggie Walker, LB – Arizona Cardinals
Walker, a reserve linebacker and special teams player for the Cardinals, played in Arizona’s 19-16 overtime loss at home to Buffalo but did not record any statistics. Walker, who has six stops this season, has 42 career tackles. Arizona is tied atop the NFC West standings at 4-2.
Video Highlights from NFL.com