Nov. 13, 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 and the Washington Redskins had a bye last week. 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 ninth in the league. The Redskins are 3-6.
Bryce Brown, RB – Philadelphia Eagles
A seventh-round pick in last year’s draft, Brown rushed three times for one yard in Philadelphia’s 38-23 home loss to Dallas on Sunday. In nine games this year, Brown has totaled 106 yards on 27 carries and made two special-teams tackles. The Eagles are 3-6 this year.
Jeromey Clary, OL – San Diego Chargers
A sixth-year offensive lineman, Clary played in his 73rd career game for San Diego – the team that drafted him in the sixth round in 2006 – in the Chargers’ 34-24 loss at Tampa Bay. San Diego is in second place in the AFC West at 4-5.
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 4-6.
Josh Freeman, QB – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The fourth-year starting quarterback for Tampa Bay, Freeman led the Buccaneers to their fifth-straight victory, a 34-24 triumph over San Diego on Sunday. The signal caller went 14-of-20 for 210 yards and a pair of touchdown through the air, while he rushed once for four yards. In eight games, Freeman has thrown for 2,257 yards and 18 touchdowns on 155-of-273 passing and has rushed 23 times for 65 yards. He leads the NFL in yards per pass attempt at 8.3 and completions of 40 or more yards with 12, while he is tied for fifth in touchdowns. Tampa Bay is in second place in the NFC South at 5-4.
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Tysyn Hartman, S – Kansas City Chiefs
Hartman, an undrafted rookie free agent, was inactive for Kansas City’s 16-13 overtime loss Monday night at Pittsburgh. The Wichita, Kan., product has two tackles and a pass breakup in five games this year for the Chiefs, who are 1-8.
Rob Jackson, LB – Washington Redskins
Jackson, who has started seven-straight games, and the Washington Redskins were on a bye last week. The fourth-year linebacker has 18 tackles, a half sack, three passes defended and two interceptions in nine games this year. Washington holds a 3-6 record.
Emmanuel Lamur, LB – Cincinnati Bengals
Playing in his second career game, Lamur came away with three tackles in Cincinnati’s 31-13 victory over the New York Giants Sunday. An undrafted rookie free agent that spent the first eight weeks on the Bengals’ practice squad, Lamur now has nine tackles. Cincinnati is 4-5 this year.
Ryan Lilja, OL – Kansas City Chiefs
Lilja, a nine-year veteran, made his 98th career NFL start – including 39th for the Chiefs – in Kansas City’s 16-13 overtime loss at Pittsburgh Monday night. The Chiefs are 1-8.
Jeron Mastrud, TE – Miami Dolphins
A third-year tight end, Mastrud was inactive for Miami’s 31-3 home loss to Tennessee on Sunday. Mastrud has played in 30 career NFL games – all coming with the Dolphins – who are 4-5 this season.
Jordy Nelson, WR – Green Bay Packers
Nelson and the Green Bay Packers enjoyed a bye last week. A fifth-year receiver, Nelson has 40 catches for 532 yards and five touchdowns this year. After starting the season 2-3, the Packers are now 6-3 to sit in second place in the NFC North.
Terence Newman, CB – Cincinnati Bengals
A 10-year NFL veteran who is in his first season with Cincinnati, Newman carded seven tackles – including one for a loss – in the Bengals’ 31-13 victory over the New York Giants on Sunday. The Salina, Kan., native, who has 594 career tackles and 34 career interceptions, has 52 stops this season to go along with six passes defended, two picks and one forced fumble. The Bengals are now 4-5.
William Powell, RB – Arizona Cardinals
The NFL’s leading rusher during the preseason, Powell and the Arizona Cardinals were on a bye last week. The running back, who has played in six games this year, 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 holds a 4-5 record.
Darren Sproles, RB/Returner – New Orleans Saints
Sproles was inactive for a second-straight week in New Orleans’ 31-27 win over Atlanta as the Saints handed the Falcons their first loss of the season. 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 4-5 this year.
Daniel Thomas, RB – Miami Dolphins
Thomas, a second-year player, played in Miami’s 31-3 loss at home to Tennessee on Sunday. The running back had five carries for 21 yards and caught five passes for 34 yards. Thomas has 213 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 62 carries, while he has caught 12 passes for 119 yards in seven games this year. The Dolphins are now 4-5.
Reggie Walker, LB – Arizona Cardinals
Walker, a reserve linebacker and special teams player, and the Arizona Cardinals were off last week. Walker, who has seven stops this year, has 43 career tackles. The Cardinals hold a 4-5 record.
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