Oct. 30, 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
Playing in his 37th career NFL game, Banks returned six kicks in Washington’s 27-12 loss at Pittsburgh on Sunday. The third-year kick returner averaged 17 yards on a pair of punt returns – including a 27 yarder – while he averaged 24.3 yards on four kickoff returns. Banks has averaged 25.8 yards per kickoff return and 7.3 yards per punt return. His 10 kickoff returns of 20 or more yards are tied for 10th in the league. The Redskins are now 3-5 this year.
Bryce Brown, RB – Philadelphia Eagles
A seventh-round pick in last year’s draft, Brown rushed once for five yards in Philadelphia’s 30-17 home loss to Atlanta on Sunday. In seven games this year, Brown has totaled 56 yards on 20 carries and made two special-teams tackles. The Eagles remain tied for second place in the NFC East at 3-4.
Jeromey Clary, OL – San Diego Chargers
A sixth-year offensive lineman, Clary played in his 71st career game for San Diego – the team that drafted him in the sixth round in 2006 – in the Chargers’ 7-6 loss at Cleveland. San Diego is tied for second in the AFC West with a 3-4 record.
Zac Diles, LB – Tennessee Titans
Diles, a fifth-year linebacker who has 237 career tackles, was placed on injured reserve last week.
Josh Freeman, QB – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The fourth-year starting quarterback for Tampa Bay, Freeman had yet another great game Thursday night as he led the Buccaneers to a 36-17 victory at Minnesota. The signal caller threw for 262 and three touchdowns on 19-of-36 aim. His touchdown passes were of 1, 3 and 64 yards, becoming the first Tampa Bay quarterback ever with three-straight games of three or more touchdown passes. In seven games this year, Freeman has thrown for 1,800 yards and 14 touchdowns on 123-of-223 passing, while he has rushed 17 times for 39 yards. His 8.1 yards per pass attempt rank second in the NFL, while he leads the league with nine completions of 40 or more yards and is tied for seventh in touchdowns. Tampa Bay is in second place in the NFC South at 3-4.
Video Highlights: 26-yd pass | 34-yd pass | 1-yd TD pass | 3-yd TD pass | 64-yd TD pass | Postgame Interview
Tysyn Hartman, S – Kansas City Chiefs
Hartman, an undrafted rookie free agent, was inactive for Kansas City’s 26-16 loss to Oakland on Sunday. The Wichita, Kan., product has two tackles and a pass breakup in five games this year for the Chiefs, who are 1-6.
Rob Jackson, LB – Washington Redskins
Jackson started his sixth game of the year for Washington, a 27-12 loss at Pittsburgh on Sunday. The fourth-year linebacker registered two tackles in the contest. Jackson has 16 tackles, a half sack, three passes defended and two interceptions in eight games this year. Washington holds a 3-5 record this year.
Ryan Lilja, OL – Kansas City Chiefs
Lilja made his 96th career NFL start – including 37th for the Chiefs – in Kansas City’s 26-16 loss to Oakland on Sunday. The Chiefs are 1-6 this year.
Jeron Mastrud, TE – Miami Dolphins
A third-year tight end, Mastrud played on special teams and in two-tight end sets in Miami’s 30-9 victory at the New York Jets on Sunday. Mastrud has played in 29 career NFL games – all coming with the Dolphins – who are in second place in the AFC East with a 4-3 record.
Jordy Nelson, WR – Green Bay Packers
Nelson, a fifth-year receiver for Green Bay, was inactive for the Packers’ 24-15 victory over Jacksonville on Sunday. Nelson has 40 catches for 532 yards and five touchdowns this year. He is tied for sixth in the NFL in receiving touchdowns and is tied for 14th in receptions. After starting the season 2-3, the Packers have won three-straight to improve to 5-3, a record that is tied for second in the NFC North.
Terence Newman, CB – Cincinnati Bengals
A 10-year NFL veteran who is in his first season with Cincinnati, Newman and the Bengals enjoyed a bye last week. The Salina, Kan., native, who has 581 career tackles, has 40 stops this season to go along with two passes defended and one forced fumble. Cincinnati is in third place with a 3-4 record.
William Powell, RB – Arizona Cardinals
Powell played in his fifth career NFL game Monday night in Arizona’s 24-3 loss at home to San Francisco, but he did not record any statistics. The NFL’s rushing leader during the preseason, Powell has 92 yards on 20 carries during the regular season, while he has caught seven passes for 39 yards and returned six kickoffs for a 25.3-yard average. The Cardinals are tied for second place in the NFC West at 4-4.
Darren Sproles, RB/Returner – New Orleans Saints
Sproles started at running back in New Orleans’ 34-14 loss at Denver Sunday night. In his eighth year in the NFL, Sproles caught a team-high seven passes for 56 yards, including a 29-yard touchdown that tied the game at 7-7 in the second quarter. In seven games this year, the running back has tallied 323 receiving yards on 39 catches and four touchdowns, 117 rushing yards on 26 carries and has averaged 28.7 yards on kickoff returns and 6.6 yards on punt returns. He leads all NFL running backs in receptions and receiving yards, while he is kickoff return average is 12th overall and sixth among players with 14 or more returns. The Saints are 2-5.
Video Highlight: 29-yd TD reception
Daniel Thomas, RB – Miami Dolphins
Thomas helped the Dolphins earn a dominating 30-9 victory at the New York Jets on Sunday. The second-year running back rushed for 42 yards and a three-yard touchdown on 15 carries, while he caught one pass for three years. Thomas has 155 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 51 carries in five games this year, while he has caught five passes for 60 yards. The Dolphins are in second place in the AFC East at 4-3.
Video Highlight: 3-yd TD run
Reggie Walker, LB – Arizona Cardinals
Walker, a reserve linebacker and special teams player for Arizona, made one special teams tackle in the Cardinals’ 24-3 loss to San Francisco on Monday night. Walker, who has seven stops this year, has 43 career tackles. Arizona is tied for second place in the NFC West with a 4-4 record.
Video Highlights from NFL.com