Sept. 25, 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
The third-year kick-return specialist for Washington, Banks totaled 133 all-purpose yards in the Redskins’ 38-31 loss at home to Cincinnati on Sunday. His biggest impact came in the return game as he brought back three kickoffs for 100 yards – including a long of 55 – while he rushed three times for 29 yards and caught one pass for five yards. Through three games, Banks has averaged 25.3 yards on eight kickoff returns, while he has hauled in two passes for 11 yards. The Garner, N.C., product ranks seventh in the league in kickoff return average among players with eight or more returns, while he is ninth overall with six returns of 20 yards or more. Washington is 1-2 this season.
Video Highlight: 55-yd kickoff return
Bryce Brown, RB – Philadelphia Eagles
Brown saw his most-extensive action of the year in his third career game, a 27-6 Philadelphia loss at Arizona. He rushed four times for 28 yards, including a long of 17, while he caught one pass for eight yards and made a special teams tackle. Brown has totaled 38 yards on nine carries, an average of 4.2 yards per rush. Philadelphia is one of three times in the NFC East tied atop the division standings at 2-1.
Video Highlight: 17-yd run
Jeromey Clary, OL – San Diego Chargers
In his sixth year with the Chargers, Clary started his 67th career game for San Diego in its 27-3 loss at Atlanta on Sunday. The right tackle helped the Chargers average 6.8 yards on their 17 rushes. The Chargers lead the AFC West with a 2-1 mark.
Zac Diles, LB – Tennessee Titans
Diles helped Tennessee earn a 44-41 overtime victory at home over Detroit on Sunday. The fifth-year linebacker made one tackle, giving him 228 for his career. The Titans are 1-2 to begin the year.
Josh Freeman, QB – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Freeman, the fourth-year starting quarterback for the Buccaneers, was 10-of-28 for 110 yards and a touchdown on Sunday in Tampa Bay’s 16-10 loss at Dallas. In three games this season, Freeman has thrown for 491 yards and four scores on 41-of-80 passing, while he has rushed eight times for 14 yards. His four touchdown passes are tied for 14th in the league, while his two passes of 40 yards or more are tied for sixth. The Buccaneers are in second place in the NFC South at 1-2.
Video Highlights: 1-yd TD pass | 29-yd pass on 4th down
Tysyn Hartman, S – Kansas City Chiefs
An undrafted rookie free agent, Hartman helped Kansas City pick up its first win of the year in a 27-24 overtime victory at New Orleans on Sunday. The backup safety tackled former K-State running back Darren Sproles on the opening kickoff to force the Saints to start its first possession at their 17-yard line. It was Hartman’s second tackle in as many weeks. The Chiefs are one of three teams in the AFC West tied for second place with a 1-2 mark.
Rob Jackson, LB – Washington Redskins
Making his first career start after 28 career games as a reserve, Jackson had a great game Sunday for Washington despite the Redskins’ 38-31 loss at home to Cincinnati. All the linebacker did was make three tackles – each one going for a loss – and intercept a swing pass in the Bengals’ end zone for his first career touchdown. In his fourth year, Jackson has 19 career tackles. Washington is 1-2 to begin 2012.
Video Highlight: Interception in end zone
Ryan Lilja, OL – Kansas City Chiefs
Lilja earned his 92nd career start and his 33rd as a member of the Chiefs on Sunday in Kansas City’s 27-24 overtime win at New Orleans. The left guard helped Kansas City gain 27 first downs, rush for 273 yards and accumulate 510 total yards in the victory. The Chiefs, along with two other teams, are tied for second place in the AFC West at 1-2.
Jeron Mastrud, TE – Miami Dolphins
Mastrud, who is in his third season in the NFL, played on special teams and in two-tight end sets Sunday in Miami’s 23-20 loss at home to the New York Jets. He made a key block in helping another former Wildcat, Daniel Thomas, tally a one-yard touchdown run. It was Mastrud’s 25th career game for the Dolphins, who are 1-2 this year.
Jordy Nelson, WR – Green Bay Packers
Nelson made his 18th career start for the Packers on Monday night in Green Bay’s 14-12 loss at Seattle. The fifth-year wide receiver caught two passes for 19 yards, including a long of 13. Through three games this season, Nelson has tallied 167 yards on 13 catches. Green Bay is 1-2 to begin the season.
Terence Newman, CB – Cincinnati Bengals
Newman, a 10-year NFL veteran, helped Cincinnati earn a 38-31 victory at Washington on Sunday. The starting cornerback came away with four tackles, including one for a loss, and batted away a pass. In his first season with the Bengals, Newman has 17 tackles and is tied for fifth in the NFL with one forced fumble. The Bengals are tied for the AFC North lead with a 2-1 record.
William Powell, RB – Arizona Cardinals
A member of the practice squad for the Cardinals last season before earning a spot on the active roster in 2012, Powell was inactive for Arizona’s 27-6 victory at home against Philadelphia on Sunday. The Cardinals are one of three teams in the NFL to go undefeated in the first three weeks.
Darren Sproles, RB/Returner – New Orleans Saints
Sproles came off the bench to rush seven times for a team-leading 62 yards – including a long of 47 – in New Orleans’ 27-24 overtime loss at home to Kansas City on Sunday. The eighth-year veteran who broke the NFL record for all-purpose yards last season, also totaled 107 kickoff return yards (26.8 yards per return). In three games this season, Sproles has caught 18 passes for 163 yards and one touchdown, and he has returned nine kickoffs for a 29.1-yard average in addition to his 62 rushing yards this year. He ranks 11th in the NFL and tops among running backs in receptions, tops among running backs in receiving yards and ninth in kickoff return average. New Orleans is 0-3 this season.
Video Highlight: 47-yd run
Daniel Thomas, RB – Miami Dolphins
Filling in for an injured Reggie Bush, Thomas carried 19 times for 69 yards and his first-career rushing touchdown in Miami’s 23-20 loss at home against the New York Jets on Sunday. The second-year player also caught one pass for eight yards. In two games this season, Thomas has rushed for 80 yards on 22 carries, while he has caught two passes for 43 yards. The Dolphins 1-2 this year.
Video Highlight: 1-yd TD run
Reggie Walker, LB – Arizona Cardinals
A reserve linebacker and special teams players for Arizona, Walker helped the Cardinals earn a 27-6 victory at home over Philadelphia on Sunday but did not record any statistics. Walker, who has 42 career tackles, has helped the Cardinals jump out to a 3-0 start.
Video Highlights from NFL.com