Nov. 6, 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, playing in his 38th career NFL game, had eight touches in Washington’s 21-13 loss to Carolina Sunday. The third-year kick returner averaged 18.3 yards on three kickoff returns, rushed once for three yards, caught two passes for -7 yards and had two punt returns for -4 yards. In nine games this year, Banks has averaged 24.6 yards per kickoff return and 6.2 yards per punt return. His 15 kickoff returns of 20 or more yards are tied for seventh in the league. The Redskins are now 3-6 this year.
Bryce Brown, RB – Philadelphia Eagles
Brown, a seventh-round pick in last year’s draft, picked up a career-high 49 yards on four carries in the Eagles’ 28-13 loss at New Orleans Monday night. His 49-yard performance included a career-long 40-yard run. In eight games this year, Brown has totaled 105 yards on 24 carries and made two special-teams tackles. The Eagles are 3-5 this year.
Video Highlight: 40-yd run
Jeromey Clary, OL – San Diego Chargers
Clary, a sixth-year offensive lineman, played in his 72nd career game for San Diego – the team that drafted him in the sixth round in 2006 – in the Chargers’ 31-13 victory over Kansas City Thursday night. San Diego is in second place in the AFC West at 4-4.
Zac Diles, LB – Tennessee Titans
Diles, a fifth-year linebacker who has 237 career tackles, has been placed on injured reserve and will miss the remainder of the year. Diles had 11 tackles for the Titians, who are 3-6.
Josh Freeman, QB – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Freeman, the fourth-year starting quarterback for Tampa Bay, led the Buccaneers to another victory as they won at Oakland, 42-32. The signal caller threw for 247 and two touchdowns on 18-of-30 aim, while he rushed five times for 22 yards. In eight games, Freeman has thrown for 2,047 yards and 16 touchdowns on 141-of-253 passing and has rushed 22 times for 61 yards. His 8.1 yards per pass attempt ranks second in the NFL, while he leads the league with 10 completions of 40 or more yards and is tied for fifth in touchdowns. Tampa Bay is in second place in the NFC South at 4-4.
Video Highlights: 20-yd TD pass | 4-yd TD pass | 64-yd pass | 37-yd pass
Tysyn Hartman, S – Kansas City Chiefs
An undrafted rookie free agent, Hartman played on special teams in Kansas City’s 31-13 loss at San Diego Thursday night. The Wichita, Kan., product has two tackles and a pass breakup in five games this year for the Chiefs, who are 1-7.
Rob Jackson, LB – Washington Redskins
Jackson started his seventh game of the year for Washington, a 21-13 loss to Carolina on Sunday. The fourth-year linebacker registered two tackles in the contest. Jackson has 18 tackles, a half sack, three passes defended and two interceptions in nine games this year. Washington holds a 3-6.
Emmanuel Lamur, LB – Cincinnati Bengals
Lamur, who was an undrafted rookie free agent and spent the first eight weeks on Cincinnati’s practice squad, played in his first career NFL game Sunday, a 31-23 loss to Denver. The linebacker made two tackles and also batted away a Peyton Manning pass. Cincinnati is 3-5 this year.
Ryan Lilja, OL – Kansas City Chiefs
A nine-year veteran, Lilja made his 97th career NFL start – including 38th for the Chiefs – in Kansas City’s 31-13 loss at San Diego Thursday night. The Chiefs are 1-7.
Jeron Mastrud, TE – Miami Dolphins
Mastrud, a third-year tight end played on special teams and in two-tight end sets in Miami’s 23-20 loss at Indianapolis on Sunday. Mastrud has played in 30 career NFL games – all coming with the Dolphins – who are 4-4 this season.
Jordy Nelson, WR – Green Bay Packers
Hampered by injuries, Nelson started in the Packers’ 31-17 win over Arizona on Sunday, but came out of the game after having one pass thrown his way. A fifth-year receiver, Nelson has 40 catches for 532 yards and five touchdowns this year. He is tied for 11th in the NFL in receiving touchdowns. After starting the season 2-3, the Packers have won four-straight to improve to 6-3, a record that is good enough for second place in the NFC North.
Terence Newman, CB – Cincinnati Bengals
Newman, a 10-year NFL veteran who is in his first season with Cincinnati, had a great game, tallying two interceptions, four passes defended and four tackles despite the Bengals’ 31-23 loss to Denver. The Salina, Kan., native, who has 586 career tackles and 34 career interceptions, has 44 stops this season to go along with six passes defended, two picks and one forced fumble. The Bengals are now 3-5.
Video Highlights: First interception | Second interception
William Powell, RB – Arizona Cardinals
Powell, the NFL’s leading rusher during the preseason, played in his sixth career NFL game Sunday in the Cardinals’ 31-17 loss at Green Bay. The running back returned three kickoffs for a 20.3-yard average, while he rushed once for three yards. Powell has 95 yards on 21 carries during the regular season, while he has caught seven passes for 39 yards and returned nine kickoffs for a 23.7-yard average. Arizona is 4-5 this year.
Darren Sproles, RB/Returner – New Orleans Saints
Sproles was inactive for the Saints’ 28-13 win over Philadelphia on Monday night. 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. The Saints are 3-5 this year.
Daniel Thomas, RB – Miami Dolphins
A second-year player, Thomas had eight touches in Miami’s 23-20 loss at Indianapolis. The running back rushed six times for 37 yards and caught a pair of passes for 25 yards. In six games this year, Thomas has 192 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 57 carries, while he has caught seven passes for 85 yards. Miami is 4-4 this year.
Reggie Walker, LB – Arizona Cardinals
A reserve linebacker and special teams player for Arizona, Walker played in the Cardinals’ 31-17 loss at Green Bay on Sunday but did not record any statistics. Walker, who has seven stops this year, has 43 career tackles. Arizona holds a 4-5 record.
Video Highlights from NFL.com