Sept. 18, 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, the third-year kick-return specialist for the Washington Redskins, returned three kickoffs for a 17.7-yard average – including a long of 26 – in Washington’s 31-28 loss at St. Louis on Sunday. In two games this season, Banks has averaged 20.4 yards on five kickoff returns while catching one pass for six yards. He is tied for eighth in the NFL with four 20-plus yard kickoff returns. The Redskins are 1-1 in the first two games of 2012.
Bryce Brown, RB – Philadelphia Eagles
Playing in his second NFL game, Brown rushed three times for seven yards in Philadelphia’s 24-23 victory over Baltimore on Sunday. In two games as a professional, Brown has 10 yards on five carries. The Eagles hold an early lead in the NFC East standings with a 2-0 mark.
Jeromey Clary, OL – San Diego Chargers
Clary, in his sixth year with the Chargers, started his 66th career game for San Diego in a victory over Tennessee, 38-10, Sunday. The right tackle helped the Chargers gain 416 total yards and 27 first downs. San Diego is leads the AFC West with a 2-0 record.
Zac Diles, LB – Tennessee Titans
Playing in his first game of the season, Diles made one tackle for the Titans in their 38-10 loss at San Diego on Sunday. A fifth-year linebacker, Diles now has 227 career tackles. Tennessee is 0-2 to begin the 2012 season.
Josh Freeman, QB – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The fourth-year starting quarterback for Tampa Bay, Freeman threw for 243 yards and a pair of touchdowns, including one for 41 yards, on 15-of-28 aim in the Buccaneers’ 41-34 loss at the New York Giants on Sunday. Freeman, who also had a touchdown pass of 29 yards, has thrown for 381 yards and three scores on 31-of-52 passing this season, while he has rushed seven times for 13 yards. His three touchdown passes are tied for 11th in the league. Tampa Bay is 1-1 to begin the season.
Video Highlights: 29-yd TD pass | 41-yd pass | 41-yd TD pass
Tysyn Hartman, S – Kansas City Chiefs
Hartman, an undrafted rookie free agent, saw significant time in the fourth quarter during Kansas City’s 35-17 loss at Buffalo on Sunday. The safety broke up a pass and later forced Bills’ kick returner Brad Smith out of bounds following a five-yard return. The Chiefs have begun the year 0-2.
Rob Jackson, LB – Washington Redskins
In his fourth year for the Redskins, Jackson made his first tackle of the season in Washington’s 31-28 loss at the Rams on Sunday. Jackson now has 16 career stops. The Redskins are 1-1 after two games in 2012.
Ryan Lilja, OL – Kansas City Chiefs
Lilja earned his 91st career start and his 32nd as a member of the Chiefs on Sunday in Kansas City’s 35-17 loss at Buffalo. The left guard helped the Chiefs gain 150 rushing yards on 24 attempts, good for a 6.3-yard average, while KC compiled 25 first downs. The Chiefs are 0-2 to begin the season.
Jeron Mastrud, TE – Miami Dolphins
In his third season in the NFL, Mastrud, played on special teams and in two-tight end sets in the Dolphins’ 35-13 win over the Oakland Raiders on Sunday.
Jordy Nelson, WR – Green Bay Packers
One of the starting wide receivers for the Packers, Nelson hauled in a team-high six receptions for 84 yards, including a long of 26, in Green Bay’s 23-10 win over Chicago on Thursday night. In his fifth NFL season, Nelson has tallied 148 yards on 11 catches following a 1,263-yard, 15-touchdown season a year ago. His three receptions of 20 or more yards this year are tied for ninth in the NFL. The Packers, along with the other three NFC North teams, are 1-1 to open the season.
Video Highlight: 26-yd TD reception
Terence Newman, CB – Cincinnati Bengals
A 10-year NFL veteran, Newman was dominant in Cincinnati’s 34-27 win over Cleveland on Sunday. The starting defensive back finished second on the team with nine tackles, while he forced a fumble late in the second quarter. In his first season with the Bengals, Newman has 13 tackles and is tied for second in the NFL with his one forced fumble. Cincinnati is one of three teams tied for the AFC North lead with a 1-1 record.
Video Highlight: Forced fumble
William Powell, RB – Arizona Cardinals
Powell, a member of the practice squad for the Cardinals last season, was inactive for Arizona’s dramatic 20-18 win at New England on Sunday. Arizona is tied with San Francisco atop the NFC West division standings at 2-0.
Darren Sproles, RB/Returner – New Orleans Saints
The NFL’s top receiving threat out of the backfield, Sproles caught a game high 13 passes for 128 yards, including a long of 25, in New Orleans’ 35-27 loss at Carolina on Sunday. The eighth-year veteran who broke the NFL record for all-purpose yards last season also carded 82 return yards – including a 38-yard kickoff return – for a total of 210 all-purpose yards on Sunday. In two games this season, Sproles has caught 18 passes for 163 yards and one touchdown, returned five kickoffs for a 31-yard average and four punts for an 11-yard average. He ranks third in the NFL and tops among running backs in receptions, 14th overall and tops among running backs in receiving yards, fifth in kickoff return average and 10th in punt return average among players with four or more returns. The Saints are 0-2 this season.
Video Highlight: 25-yd catch
Daniel Thomas, RB – Miami Dolphins
A second-round draft pick in 2011, Thomas was inactive Sunday for Miami’s 35-13 victory over Oakland. In week one at Houston, Thomas came off the bench to rush three times for 11 yards and catch one pass for 32 yards. Along with the other three AFC East teams, Miami is 1-1 through two weeks of play.
Reggie Walker, LB – Arizona Cardinals
Walker, a backup linebacker and special teams player for Arizona, carded one special teams tackle to help the Cardinals top New England, 20-18, in Foxborough on Sunday. Walker now has six tackles this season and 42 for his career. Arizona is one of two teams in the NFC West that hold a 2-0 record to begin the year.
Video Highlights from NFL.com