Oct. 9, 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
One of the top kick returners in the NFL, Banks had seven total returns in Washington’s 27-17 loss at home to Atlanta on Sunday. The fourth-year kick returner brought back three punts for a 7.3-yard average, while he returned four kickoffs for a 28.3-yard average, including a long of 35. In five games this year, Banks has averaged 26.3 yards on kickoff returns and 11.3 yards on punt returns. He ranks sixth in the NFL in kickoff return average among players with 12 or more returns, while his 10 returns of 20 or more yards rank ninth. Washington is 2-3 this season.
Bryce Brown, RB – Philadelphia Eagles
Brown, who has played in all five games this season for Philadelphia, rushed once for four yards in the Eagles’ 16-14 loss at Pittsburgh on Sunday. This season, Brown has totaled 47 yards on 14 carries, while he has made two tackles on special teams. Despite the loss, Philadelphia is tied for the NFC East lead at 3-2.
Jeromey Clary, OL – San Diego Chargers
A sixth-year offensive lineman for San Diego, Clary started his 69th career game for the Chargers in their 31-24 loss at New Orleans Sunday night. Clary helped San Diego outgain the Saints on the ground, 117-53. The Chargers hold a 3-2 record to lead the AFC West.
Zac Diles, LB – Tennessee Titans
A fifth-year NFL linebacker, Diles came away with three tackles in the Titans’ 30-7 loss at Minnesota on Sunday, pushing his career total to 235. Tennessee is 1-4 to begin the year.
Josh Freeman, QB – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Freeman, the fourth-year starting quarterback for Tampa Bay, enjoyed a bye week. In four games this season, Freeman has thrown for 790 yards and five touchdowns on 65-of-119 passing, while he has rushed 10 times for 22 yards. Despite their 1-3 record, the Buccaneers are in sole possession of second place in the NFC South.
Tysyn Hartman, S – Kansas City Chiefs
An undrafted rookie free agent, Hartman played mainly on special teams but also saw significant snaps at safety in Kansas City’s 9-6 loss to Baltimore on Sunday. Hartman, who has played in all five games this season, has two tackles this year and also broke up a pass at Buffalo. The Chiefs are 1-4 this season.
Rob Jackson, LB – Washington Redskins
Jackson, who had been a reserve his first four years in the league, started his third-consecutive game Sunday in Washington’s 24-17 loss to Atlanta. The outside linebacker made three stops to push his career total to 23. The Redskins are 2-3 this year.
Ryan Lilja, OL – Kansas City Chiefs
Lilja earned his 94th career start overall, his 35th playing for the Chiefs and his third consecutive at center in Kansas City’s hard-fought 9-6 loss at home to Baltimore on Sunday. Lilja helped pave the way for 214 total rushing yards, while the Chiefs’ offensive line did not allow a sack. Kansas City is 1-4.
Jeron Mastrud, TE – Miami Dolphins
Masturd, who is in his third season with the Miami Dolphins, played on special teams and two-tight end sets Sunday in Miami’s 17-13 victory at Cincinnati. It was Mastrud’s 27th career NFL game. The Dolphins are 2-3 this season to sit in a three-way tie for second place in the AFC East.
Jordy Nelson, WR – Green Bay Packers
Nelson came off the bench Sunday to catch two passes for 29 yards in Green Bay’s 30-27 loss at Indianapolis. In five games this year, Nelson has 23 catches for 289 yards and one touchdown. The Packers are in third place in the NFC North at 2-3.
Terence Newman, CB – Cincinnati Bengals
Newman, a 10-year NFL veteran who is in his first season with Cincinnati, was dynamic on defense in the Bengals’ 17-13 loss to Miami on Sunday. The Salina, Kan., product totaled six tackles, including one for a loss, and recovered a fumble as the Dolphins were in the red zone. In five games this year, Newman has 26 tackles, while he has 568 in his career. The Bengals are in second place in the AFC North at 3-2.
Video Highlight: Fumble recovery
William Powell, RB – Arizona Cardinals
Powell, who led the NFL in rushing during the preseason, played in his second career regular-season NFL game Thursday night, a 17-3 loss at St. Louis. Powell saw significant action as he caught three passes for 20 yards – including one for 10 yards – and rushed once for seven yards. In his first two NFL games, Powell has totaled 26 receiving yards on five catches and nine rushing yards on two carries. Additionally, the Duncanville, Texas, product has returned three kickoffs for a 30-yard average. The Cardinals are tied for NFC West lead with a 4-1 record.
Darren Sproles, RB/Returner – New Orleans Saints
Sproles started at running back for New Orleans in its 31-24 victory Sunday night over San Diego. The eighth-year running back caught five passes for 28 yards, rushed five times for nine yards and returned two kickoffs for 49 yards. In five games this season, Sproles has accumulated 235 receiving yards on 28 receptions, 91 rushing yards on 17 carries and have averaged 28.7 yards on kickoff returns. He ranks 15th 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 14 or more returns. The Saints are tied for third in the NFC South at 1-4.
Daniel Thomas, RB – Miami Dolphins
Thomas helped Miami escape Cincinnati with a 17-13 victory on Sunday. The backup to Reggie Bush, Thomas rushed 10 times for 29 yards and his second touchdown of the season, a one-yard run that put the Dolphins ahead, 7-6, in the second quarter. The running back also caught one pass for eight yards. 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 tied for second place in the AFC East at 2-3.
Video Highlight: 1-yd TD run
Reggie Walker, LB – Arizona Cardinals
A reserve linebacker and special teams player for Arizona, Walker played in the Cardinals’ 17-3 loss at St. Louis Thursday night but did not record any statistics. Arizona is tied atop the NFC West standings at 4-1.
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