Nov. 20, 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 was active for Washington, rushing once for six yards, catching one pass and returning three punts for 32 yards in the Redskins’ 31-6 victory against Philadelphia on Sunday. In 10 games this year, Banks has averaged 24.6 yards per kickoff return and 6.9 yards per punt return, while he has caught seven passes for seven yards and rushed seven times for 36 yards. Washington is now 4-6.
Bryce Brown, RB – Philadelphia Eagles
Brown, a seventh-round pick in last year’s draft, rushed five times for 35 yards and returned three kickoffs for a 22-yard average in the Eagles’ 31-6 loss at Washington. In 10 games this year, Brown has totaled 141 yards on 32 carries and made two special-teams tackles to go along with this three kickoff returns for 66 yards. Philadelphia is 3-7 this year.
Jeromey Clary, OL – San Diego Chargers
Clary, a sixth-year offensive lineman, played in his 74th career game for San Diego – the team that drafted him in the sixth round in 2006 – in the Chargers’ 30-23 loss at Denver. San Diego is now 4-6 this year.
Zac Diles, LB – Tennessee Titans
A fifth-year linebacker who has 237 career tackles, Diles was placed on injured reserve last month 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
Freeman, the fourth-year starting quarterback for Tampa Bay, led the Buccaneers to a 27-21 overtime win at Carolina on Sunday, which was Tampa Bay’s fifth win in the last six games. Freeman tossed a touchdown pass and connected a two-point conversion with 12 seconds left in regulation to send the game into overtime, while he found tight end Dallas Clark in the end zone from 15 yards out for the game winner. The signal caller went 25-of-46 for 248 yards and three touchdowns, while he rushed five times for 27 yards. In 10 games, Freeman has thrown for 2,505 yards and 21 touchdowns on 180-of-319 passing and has rushed 28 times for 92 yards. He is tied for fourth in the NFL in touchdown passes. Tampa Bay is in second place in the NFC South at 6-4.
Video Highlights: 15-yd TD pass | 24-yd TD pass | 2-point conversion pass | 3-yd TD pass
Tysyn Hartman, S – Kansas City Chiefs
An undrafted rookie free agent, Hartman was inactive for Kansas City’s 28-6 loss at home to Cincinnati. The Wichita, Kan., product has two tackles and a pass breakup in five games this year for the Chiefs, who are 1-9.
Rob Jackson, LB – Washington Redskins
Jackson started his eighth-straight game for the Redskins in Washington’s 31-6 victory over Philadelphia. The linebacker came away with three tackles, including a seven-yard sack. The fourth-year player has 20 tackles, 1.5 sacks, three passes defended and two interceptions in 10 games this year. The Redskins are 4-6.
Video Highlight: Sack
Emmanuel Lamur, LB – Cincinnati Bengals
Lamur played in his third career NFL game as he helped the Cincinnati Bengals pick up a 28-6 victory at Kansas City on Sunday. The undrafted rookie free agent, who spent the first eight weeks on the Bengals’ practice squad, made one special teams tackle, his 10th of the season. Cincinnati is 5-5 this year.
Ryan Lilja, OL – Kansas City Chiefs
A nine-year veteran, Lilja was inactive for Kansas City’s 28-6 loss to Cincinnati on Sunday. Lilja has made 98 career NFL starts, including 39 for the Chiefs. Kansas City is now 1-9.
Jeron Mastrud, TE – Miami Dolphins
Masturd, a third-year tight end for Miami, was inactive for the Dolphins’ 19-14 loss at Buffalo on Thursday night. Mastrud has played in 30 career NFL games – all coming with Miami – which is now 4-6 this year.
Jordy Nelson, WR – Green Bay Packers
Coming off an injury, Nelson started and hauled in three passes for 45 yards in Green Bay’s 24-20 victory at Detroit. A fifth-year receiver, Nelson has 43 catches for 577 yards and five touchdowns this year. After starting the season 2-3, the Packers are now 7-3 to tie for the NFC North lead.
Terence Newman, CB – Cincinnati Bengals
Newman, a 10-year NFL veteran who is in his first season with Cincinnati, started at cornerback and helped the Bengals earn a 28-6 victory at Kansas City. 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 5-5.
William Powell, RB – Arizona Cardinals
Playing in his seventh career NFL game, Powell rushed four times for 10 yards and returned four kickoffs for a 31.3-yard average – including a long of 65 yards – in Arizona’s 23-19 loss at Atlanta on Sunday. The NFL’s leading rusher during the preseason, Powell has 105 yards on 25 carries during the regular season, while he has caught seven passes for 39 yards and returned 13 kickoffs for a 26.0-yard average. Arizona holds a 4-6 record.
Video Highlight: 65-yd kickoff return
Darren Sproles, RB/Returner – New Orleans Saints
Sproles was inactive for a third-straight week in New Orleans’ 38-17 win at Oakland. 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 5-5 this year.
Daniel Thomas, RB – Miami Dolphins
A second-year running back, Thomas carried a team-high 12 times for 33 yards in Miami’s 19-14 loss at Buffalo Thursday night. In eight games this year, Thomas has 246 rushing yards and three touchdowns on 74 carries, while he has caught 12 passes for 119 yards. Miami holds a 4-6 record.
Reggie Walker, LB – Arizona Cardinals
A reserve linebacker and special teams player, Walker came away with three tackles – including two special teams stops – in Arizona’s 23-19 loss at Atlanta on Sunday. Walker, who has 10 tackles this year, has 46 career tackles. The Cardinals hold a 4-6 record.
Video Highlights from NFL.com