Oct. 2, 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 Redskins, did not factor in the return game as he brought back just two punts for 17 yards in Washington’s 24-22 win at Tampa Bay on Sunday. Banks has averaged 25.3 yards on eight kickoff returns and 5.2 yards on four punts in four games this season, while he has hauled in two passes for 11 yards. The Redskins are tied for second in the NFC East at 2-2.
Bryce Brown, RB – Philadelphia Eagles
Playing in his fourth game as a professional, Brown carried four times for five yards and made one special teams tackle in Philadelphia’s 19-17 victory over the New York Giants on Sunday night. This season, Brown has totaled 43 yards on 13 carries, while he has made two tackles on special teams. The Eagles lead the NFC East with a 3-1 record.
Jeromey Clary, OL – San Diego Chargers
Clary started his 68th career game for the Chargers in their 37-20 victory at Kansas City on Sunday. The sixth-year right tackle has helped San Diego begin the year with a 3-1 record to hold an early lead in the AFC West standings.
Zac Diles, LB – Tennessee Titans
Playing in his fifth year in the NFL, Diles carded four tackles in Tennessee’s 38-14 loss at Houston on Sunday. Diles, who began his career with the Texans, now has 232 career tackles. The Titans are 1-3 through four games this season.
Josh Freeman, QB – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The fourth-year starting quarterback for the Buccaneers, Freeman threw for 299 yards and a touchdown on 24-of-39 aim, while he also ran twice for eight yards in Tampa Bay’s 24-22 loss at home to Washington on Sunday. Although Freeman and the Buccaneers came up short, it was the fourth-highest passing total in his career. In four games, Freeman has thrown for 790 yards and five touchdowns on 65-of-119 passing, while he has rushed 10 times for 22 yards. His five touchdown passes are tied for 14th in the league, while his four passes of 40 yards or more are tied for second. Despite their 1-3 record, the Buccaneers are tied for second in the NFC South.
Video Highlights: 65-yd pass | 7-yd TD pass
Tysyn Hartman, S – Kansas City Chiefs
Hartman, an undrafted rookie free agent, played on special teams in his fourth career NFL game for Kansas City, a 37-20 loss at home to San Diego on Sunday. The Chiefs are 1-3 this season.
Rob Jackson, LB – Washington Redskins
Jackson made his second-straight start for the Redskins in their 24-22 win at Tampa Bay on Sunday, making one tackle. The fourth-year linebacker now has 20 career tackles for Washington, which holds a 1-3 record.
Ryan Lilja, OL – Kansas City Chiefs
Lilja earned his 93rd career start overall, his 34th playing for Kansas City and his second straight at center in the Chiefs’ 37-20 loss at home to San Diego on Sunday. Despite the loss, Lilja anchored a Kansas City offensive line that produced 353 total yards, including a 5.4-yard average on the ground. The Chiefs are 1-3 through four games this season.
Jeron Mastrud, TE – Miami Dolphins
In his third season with the Miami Dolphins, Mastrud played on special teams and in two-tight end sets Sunday in Miami’s 24-21 overtime loss Sunday at Arizona. It was Mastrud’s 26th career NFL game. Miami is 1-3 this season.
Jordy Nelson, WR – Green Bay Packers
Nelson did not start for the first time this season, but he made the biggest impact in Green Bay’s 28-27 victory over New Orleans on Sunday. Nelson was targeted 12 times, making eight receptions for 93 yards and the game-winning touchdown in the fourth quarter. It was his first touchdown of the season after a career-best 15 in 2011. In four games this year, Nelson has 260 yards on 21 receptions. Green Bay is 2-2 this season.
Video Highlight: 11-yd TD reception
Terence Newman, CB – Cincinnati Bengals
A 10-year NFL veteran who is in his first season with Cincinnati, Newman started at cornerback and helped the Bengals pick up a 27-10 victory at Jacksonville on Sunday. Newman came away with three tackles while also batting away a pass. In four games this year, Newman has 20 tackles, while he has 562 in his career. Cincinnati is tied with Baltimore for the lead in the AFC North at 3-1.
William Powell, RB – Arizona Cardinals
The NFL’s leading rusher during the preseason, Powell played in his first career regular-season NFL game on Sunday, helping Arizona earn a 24-21 overtime victory over Miami. Powell rushed twice for two yards, while he totaled six yards on two catches. Arizona is one of three teams in the NFL to begin the season with a perfect 4-0 record.
Darren Sproles, RB/Returner – New Orleans Saints
Sproles totaled 159 all-purpose yards in New Orleans’ 28-27 loss at Green Bay on Sunday. Starting at running back, the Olathe, Kan., product rushed for 20 yards on five carries and caught five passes for 44 yards and a touchdown, but his biggest impact came in the return game as he averaged 30.3 yards on three kickoff returns, including a long of 35. In four games this season, Sproles has caught 23 passes for 207 yards and two touchdowns, and he has returned 12 kickoffs for a 29.4-yard average in addition to 82 rushing yards. He ranks 14th in the NFL and tops among running backs in receptions, tops among running backs in receiving yards and second in kickoff return average among players with 10 or more returns. The Saints are 0-4 this season.
Video Highlight: 6-yd TD reception
Daniel Thomas, RB – Miami Dolphins
Thomas rushed four times for four yards and also caught a six-yard pass in the Dolphins’ 24-21 overtime loss at the Cardinals on Sunday. In three games this season, Thomas has accumulated 84 rushing yards on 26 carries, while he has three receptions for 49 yards. Miami is 1-3 through four games this year.
Reggie Walker, LB – Arizona Cardinals
Walker, a reserve linebacker and special teams players for Arizona, helped the Cardinals pick up a 24-21 overtime win over Miami on Sunday, but he did not record any statistics. Walker, who has 42 career tackles, has helped Arizona jump out to a NFL-best 4-0 record.
Video Highlights from NFL.com