Nov. 22, 2011
MANHATTAN, Kan. - Each week throughout the 2011 season, k-statesports.com will highlight former Kansas State football players currently in the NFL.
Brandon Banks, WR/Kick Returner - Washington Redskins
The kick-return specialist for the Washington Redskins, Banks was stellar on Sunday against Dallas, but the Redskins lost, 27-24, in overtime. Banks returned three punts for a 32.3-yard average - including a season long of 55 - and four kickoffs for a 23.3-yard average. In 10 games this season, Banks has returned 32 kickoffs for a 23.4-yard average and a long of 47, while he has taken back 25 punts for an 11.8-yard average and a long of 55. Banks' punt-return average is second in the league among players with 25 or more returns. Washington is 3-7 this season.
Video Highlights: 55-yd punt return | 32-yd punt return
Rock Cartwright, RB - Oakland Raiders
A 10th-year veteran who is one of the top special teams players for the Raiders, Cartwright recorded a special teams tackle in Oakland's 27-21 win at Minnesota on Sunday. In 10 games this season, Cartwright has 10 special teams tackles, while he took a fake punt 35 yards for a first down in week five at Houston. Oakland leads the AFC West with a 6-4 record, a game ahead of second-place Denver.
Jeromey Clary, OL - San Diego Chargers
A starter at right tackle in all 10 games this season, Clary earned his 58th career start on Sunday for San Diego, which lost, 31-20, at Chicago. The Chargers are tied for third in the AFC West with at 4-6.
Thomas Clayton, RB - Cleveland Browns
A signee by Cleveland on November 1, Clayton rushed once for four yards in the Browns' 14-10 win at home over Jacksonville on Sunday. In three games this season, the backup running back has 12 yards on eight carries, while he has caught one pass for three yards. The Browns are now 4-6 this season.
Zac Diles, LB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
A backup linebacker for Tampa Bay, Diles played in his seventh game of the season in the Buccaneers' 35-26 loss at Green Bay on Sunday. Diles has one tackle for Tampa Bay this season, which is third in the NFC South at 4-6.
Yamon Figurs, WR - Tennessee Titans
Figurs, an off-season acquisition by the Tennessee Titans, is on injured reserve and will miss the entire 2011 season. Tennessee lost at Atlanta on Sunday, 23-17, to fall to 5-5. The Titans are second in the AFC South.
Josh Freeman, QB - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The starting quarterback for Tampa Bay over the last two-plus seasons, Freeman threw for 342 yards on 28-of-38 aim and two touchdowns and rushed one time for five yards in the Buccaneers' 35-26 loss at Green Bay on Sunday. This season, Freeman is 236-of-378 (62.4-percent) for 2,516 yards and 11 touchdowns. He has also rushed 35 times for 147 yards and two scores. Freeman is sixth in the NFL in completions and eighth in completion percentage. The Buccaneers are third place in the NFC South with a 4-6 mark.
Video Highlights: 2-yd TD pass | 9-yd TD pass | 37-yd pass | 28-yd pass | 37-yd pass
Rob Jackson, LB - Washington Redskins
Jackson, a backup linebacker and special teams player for Washington, recorded a quarterback hurry in the Redskins' 27-24 overtime loss at home on Sunday to Dallas. This season, Jackson has collected five tackles in 10 games for the Redskins, who are 3-7.
Ben Leber, LB - St. Louis Rams
A starter in the first four games of the 2011 season, Leber was inactive the Rams' 24-7 loss on Sunday at Seattle. Also a special teams player, Leber has 15 tackles this season for the Rams, who are 2-8.
Ryan Lilja, OL - Kansas City Chiefs
Lilja started his 10th straight game at left guard to begin the season on Kansas City's 34-3 loss Monday night at New England. The Chiefs are now 4-6 this season to sit in a tie for third in the AFC West.
Jeron Mastrud, TE - Miami Dolphins
Mastrud helped the Miami Dolphins win their third straight game as he played on special teams and two-tight end sets in a 35-8 victory at home against Buffalo on Sunday. Mastrud has one catch for seven yards this season for the Dolphins, who are now 3-7.
Jon McGraw, S - Kansas City Chiefs
McGraw, a six-game starter this season, was inactive for Kansas City's 34-3 loss at New England on Monday night. In eight games this year, the safety has 36 tackles, four passes defended, two interceptions and one forced fumble. The Chiefs are in a tie for third place in the AFC West at 4-6.
Jordy Nelson, WR - Green Bay Packers
Nelson continued his stellar season as he led the Packers with six receptions for 123 yards and two touchdowns in Green Bay's 35-26 victory over Tampa Bay on Sunday. It was Nelson's second straight career multi-touchdown game, while he now has nine this year after just six in his first three years combined. It also marked Nelson's third 100-yard game this season and the fifth in his career. In his fourth season as a professional, Nelson has 40 receptions for a career-best 756 yards and nine scores. He is third in the NFL (second among wide receivers) in touchdowns, while he is second in average per catch among players with 40 or more receptions (18.9). Also, his 93-yard touchdown reception against St. Louis in week six remains the third-longest in the league this year. Green Bay is now 10-0 to remain the league's only unbeaten team and leads the NFC North by three games over Detroit and Chicago.
Video Highlights: 40-yd TD reception | 5-yd TD reception | 26-yd reception
Terence Newman, CB - Dallas Cowboys
Newman, a starting cornerback for Dallas, helped the Cowboys win a 27-24 overtime decision on Sunday at Washington as he recorded six tackles - including one for a loss - and knocked away one pass. Newman, who has 32 career interceptions to tie for seventh in Cowboy history, has 31 tackles this season to go along with seven passes defended and four interceptions. His is tied for fifth in the league in interceptions. The Cowboys are tied atop the NFC East standings with the New York Giants at 6-4.
Darren Sproles, RB/Returner - New Orleans Saints
Sproles, an all-purpose player, was off as the New Orleans Saints were idle. The former San Diego draft pick has accounted for 1,604 all-purpose yards this season, including 448 receiving yards on 60 receptions (7.5 yards per catch). He also has six total touchdowns, coming on three pass receptions, two rushes and a punt return. Sproles is third in the league in receptions, while his 26.5-yard kickoff-return average is fifth in the league among players with 20 or more returns. The Saints continue to lead the NFC South with a 7-3 mark, a game ahead of Atlanta.
Daniel Thomas, RB - Miami Dolphins
A backup running back for Miami, Thomas led the Dolphins with 50 rushing yards on 15 carries in Miami's 35-8 win at home over Buffalo on Sunday. In seven games this season, Thomas has carded 406 rushing yards on 114 carries, while he has seven catches for 49 yards and one touchdown. Miami is now 3-7 this year.
Reggie Walker, LB - Arizona Cardinals
Walker, a backup linebacker and special teams player for Arizona, played in a 23-7 Arizona loss on Sunday at San Francisco. Walker has 11 tackles in 10 games this season for the 3-7 Cardinals.
Video Highlights from NFL.com