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K-State in the NFL - Week 1

GO WILDCATS Brandon Banks totaled 49 yards on two kickoff returns at New Orleans on Sunday
Brandon Banks totaled 49 yards on two kickoff returns at New Orleans on Sunday

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
The third-year kick-return specialist for the Washington Redskins, Banks opened up the 2012 campaign by returning two kickoffs for a 24.5-yard average, four punts for an 8.5-yard average – including a long of 20 yards, while catching one pass for six yards as he helped the Redskins win at New Orleans, 40-32, on Sunday. The Redskins are one of three NFC East teams that began the season with a victory.

Bryce Brown, RB – Philadelphia Eagles
Brown, a rookie, played in his first career NFL game Sunday, helping the Philadelphia Eagles earn a 17-16 victory at Cleveland. The running back carried twice for three yards, including a four-yard rush on his first career carry. Like the Redskins, the Eagles were one of three NFC East squads to pick up a win in week one.

Jeromey Clary, OL – San Diego Chargers
In his sixth year in the NFL, Clary started at right tackle for San Diego, which captured a 22-14 victory at Oakland Monday night. The offensive lineman helped protect quarterback Phillips Rivers, who threw for 226 yards and was sacked just once.

Zac Diles, LB – Tennessee Titans
A fifth-year linebacker, Diles was inactive for Tennessee’s 34-13 season-opening setback at home against New England on Sunday.

Josh Freeman, QB – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Freeman, the fourth-year starting quarterback for Tampa Bay, guided the Buccaneers to a 16-10 victory over the Carolina Panthers at home on Sunday. The quarterback went 16-of-24 for 138 and a touchdown through the air, while he ran seven times for 13 yards. Tampa Bay was one of two NFC South teams to open the year with a 1-0 record.
Video Highlight: 6-yd TD pass

Tysyn Hartman, S – Kansas City Chiefs
An undrafted rookie free agent that made the active roster, Hartman played on special teams for Kansas City in its 40-24 loss at home to Atlanta on Sunday. The Wichita product did not record any statistics.

Rob Jackson, LB – Washington Redskins
A fourth-year linebacker and special teams player for the Redskins, Jackson helped Washington stave off a Saint comeback with a 40-32 victory at New Orleans on Sunday. The linebacker did not record any statistics as the Redskins were one of three NFC East teams to begin the year 1-0.

Ryan Lilja, OL – Kansas City Chiefs
A nine-year veteran starter along the offensive line, Lilja started at left guard in Kansas City’s 40-24 loss at home to Atlanta on Sunday. It was Lilja’s 90th career start, including his 31st for the Chiefs.

Jeron Mastrud, TE – Miami Dolphins
Mastrud, who is beginning his third NFL season, played on special teams and in two-tight end sets in Miami’s 30-10 loss at Houston on Sunday.

Jordy Nelson, WR – Green Bay Packers
Beginning his fifth season in the NFL, Nelson tallied five receptions for 64 yards in Green Bay’s 30-22 season-opening loss to San Francisco on Sunday. The receiver, who made his 16th career start, hauled in a fourth-quarter two-point conversion to cut the 49’er lead to eight.

Terence Newman, CB – Cincinnati Bengals
Newman started at one of the cornerback positions for Cincinnati, which lost at Baltimore, 44-13, Monday night. The 10th-year player made three tackles in his first game with the Bengals after spending the previous nine years with Dallas.

William Powell, RB – Arizona Cardinals
A member of the practice squad for the Cardinals last season, Powell was inactive for his first game on the active roster on Sunday as Arizona defeated Seattle at home, 20-16.

Darren Sproles, RB/Returner – New Orleans Saints
An all-purpose player for the New Orleans Saints that broke the NFL record for all-purpose yards last season, Sproles started at running back and totaled 152 all-purpose yards in New Orleans’ 40-32 home loss to Washington on Sunday. The eighth-year back hauled in five passes for 35 yards and a touchdown, while he averaged 34.3 yards on three kickoff returns – including a 48 yarder – and seven yards on a pair of punt returns. He also ran in a two-point conversion that cut the Redskin lead to eight in the fourth quarter. Following the first week of play, Sproles ranks third in the league in kickoff-return average and fourth in kickoff-return yardage.
Video Highlight: 2-yd TD catch

Daniel Thomas, RB – Miami Dolphins
Thomas, who is in his second year in the NFL, came off the bench to rush three times for 11 yards in Miami’s 30-10 loss at Houston on Sunday.

Reggie Walker, LB – Arizona Cardinals
A backup linebacker and special teams player for Arizona, Walker made four solo tackles on defense and assisted on a special-teams tackle as he helped the Cardinals earn a 20-16 victory over Seattle on Sunday. Arizona is one of two NFC West squads that began the season 1-0.

Video Highlights from NFL.com