K-State in the NFL - Week 7

Rob Jackson

Oct. 23, 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 played in his 36th career NFL game on Sunday in Washington’s 27-23 loss at the New York Giants. The third-year kick returner brought back one punt for 12 yards. In seven games this year, Banks has averaged 25.1 yards per kickoff return and 5.9 yards per punt return. His 10 kickoff returns of 20 or more yards are tied for 13th in the league. Washington is 3-4 this season.

Bryce Brown, RB – Philadelphia Eagles
Brown and the Eagles were off last week. A seventh-round pick in last year’s draft, Brown has totaled 51 yards on 19 carries and made two special-teams tackles in six games this year. Philadelphia is tied for second place in the NFC East with a 3-3 record.

Jeromey Clary, OL – San Diego Chargers
Clary, a sixth-year offensive lineman, and the San Diego Chargers enjoyed a bye last week. Clary has started 70th career games for San Diego, the team that drafted him in the sixth round in 2006. San Diego is tied with Denver atop the AFC West standings.

Zac Diles, LB – Tennessee Titans
A fifth-year player, Diles earned his first start of the year for Tennessee, helping the Titans pick up a 35-34 road victory over Buffalo on Sunday. The middle linebacker picked up two tackles, pushing his career total to 237. Tennessee has won two straight games to push its record to 3-4, the third-best mark in the AFC South.

Josh Freeman, QB – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Freeman, the fourth-year starting quarterback for Tampa Bay, turned in one of the best games of his career despite Tampa Bay’s 35-28 loss at home to New Orleans on Sunday. Freeman picked up his second-straight 300-yard game and his first-career 400-yard contest by throwing for 420 yards and three touchdowns on 24-of-42 aim. His touchdown passes were of 13, 17 and three yards, while the quarterback also ran twice for nine yards. In six games this season, Freeman has thrown for 1,538 yards and 11 touchdowns on 104-of-187 passing, while he has rushed 15 times for 36 yards. His 8.2 yards per pass attempt rank second in the NFL, while he leads the league with eight completions of 40 or more yards and is tied for ninth in touchdowns. The Buccaneers are tied for second place in the NFC South at 2-4.
Video Highlights: 17-yd TD pass  |  13-yd TD pass  |  3-yd TD pass  |  28-yd pass

Tysyn Hartman, S – Kansas City Chiefs
An undrafted rookie free agent, Hartman and the Kansas City Chiefs were off last week. The Wichita, Kan., product has two tackles and a pass breakup in five games this year for the Chiefs, who are 1-5.

Rob Jackson, LB – Washington Redskins
Jackson had a great game in his fifth-straight start at outside linebacker despite Washington’s 27-23 loss at the New York Giants. Jackson, in his fourth year, had a half sack for four yards and two passes defended, including his second interception of the year. His fourth-quarter pick led to a Redskin field goal that cut the New York lead to six at 20-16. In seven games this year, Jackson has 14 tackles, a half sack, three passes defended and two interceptions. The Redskins are 3-4 this year.
Video Highlight: Interception

Ryan Lilja, OL – Kansas City Chiefs
Lilja, who has made 95 career NFL starts – including 36 for the Chiefs – was off last week. The Chiefs are 1-5 this season.

Jeron Mastrud, TE – Miami Dolphins
Mastrud, a third-year player, enjoyed a bye week. The tight end has played in 28 career NFL games – all coming with the Dolphins – who are in second place in the AFC East at 3-3.

Jordy Nelson, WR – Green Bay Packers
Nelson picked up his second-straight 100-yard receiving game in the Packers’ 30-20 victory at St. Louis on Sunday. Nelson, in his fifth year, caught eight passes for 122 yards – including a 52-yarder – and one touchdown after a three-touchdown game last week. Nelson, who has eight career 100-yard receiving games, has caught 40 passes for 532 yards and five touchdowns this season. Nelson is tied for fourth in the NFL in receiving touchdowns, tied for eighth in receptions and is 11th in both receiving yards and first-down receptions (27). After starting the season 2-3, Green Bay has won two-straight to improve to 4-3.
Video Highlights: 3-yd TD reception  |  52-yd reception

Terence Newman, CB – Cincinnati Bengals
Newman, a 10-year NFL veteran who is in his first season with Cincinnati, played in his 140th career game in the Bengals’ 27-17 home loss to Pittsburgh on Sunday. The Salina, Kan., native carded four tackles to push his career total to 581. The Bengals are in third place in the AFC North with a 3-4 record.

William Powell, RB – Arizona Cardinals
Powell saw significant time for Arizona in his fourth career NFL game, a 21-14 Cardinal setback at Minnesota on Sunday. The running back carried four times for 13 yards, caught one pass for five yards and returned a kickoff 13 yards. The NFL’s rushing leader during the preseason, Powell has 92 yards on 20 carries during the regular season, while he has caught seven passes for 39 yards and returned six kickoffs for a 25.3-yard average. The Cardinals are tied for second place in the NFC West at 4-3.

Darren Sproles, RB/Returner – New Orleans Saints
Sproles started in a two-running back set and was a major contributor in the Saints’ 35-28 victory at Tampa Bay on Sunday. Sproles, in his eighth year, caught four passes for 32 yards – including a nine-yard touchdown – rushed five times for 27 yards and returned a punt 15 yards. The running back has tallied 267 receiving yards on 32 receptions this year, 118 rushing yards on 22 carries and has averaged 28.7 yards on kickoff returns and 7.4 yards on punt returns. He leads all NFL running backs in receptions and receiving yards, while he is kickoff return average is 12th overall and fourth among players with 14 or more returns. New Orleans is in second place in the NFC South at 2-4.
Video Highlight: 9-yd TD reception

Daniel Thomas, RB – Miami Dolphins
Playing in his second year in Miami, Thomas and the Dolphins were off last week. 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 in second place in the AFC East with a 3-3 record.

Reggie Walker, LB – Arizona Cardinals
A reserve linebacker and special teams player for Arizona, Walker was inactive for the Cardinals 21-14 loss at Minnesota on Sunday. Walker, who has six stops this year, has 42 career tackles. Arizona is tied for second place in the NFC West with a 4-3 record.
Video Highlights from NFL.com