Oct. 25, 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 return specialist for Washington, Banks took one kickoff back 25 yards in the Redskins’ 33-20 loss at Carolina, and he also lost four yards on his lone punt return of the afternoon. Banks has returned 19 kickoffs for a 24.3-yard average and 17 punts for an 8.5-yard average, including a long of 35. Banks’ punt-return average is seventh in the league among players with 15 or more returns. Washington is tied for second in the NFC East with a 3-3 record.
Rock Cartwright, RB – Oakland Raiders
A backup running back and special teams player for Oakland, Cartwright recorded one special teams tackle in the Raiders’ 28-0 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday. Cartwright, a 10th year NFL veteran, has seven special teams tackles, while he took a fake punt 35 yards for a first down two weeks ago at Houston. Oakland is second in the AFC West at 4-3, a half game behind first-place San Diego and a half game in front of Kansas City.
Jeromey Clary, OL – San Diego Chargers
The starting right tackle for San Diego, Jeromey Clary earned his 54th career start on Sunday at the New York Jets, a game in which the Chargers lost, 27-21. Clary and the Chargers lead the AFC West by a half game with a 4-2 mark.
Zac Diles, LB – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
A backup linebacker, Diles played in the Buccaneers’ 24-18 loss to Chicago on Sunday in London, England. Diles has one tackle this season for the Buccaneers, who are tied for second in the NFC South at 4-3.
Yamon Figurs, WR – Tennessee Titans
Figurs, an off-season signee by the Tennessee Titans, is on injured reserve and will miss the entire 2011 season. Tennessee lost to Houston, 41-7, at home on Sunday.
Josh Freeman, QB – Tampa Bay Buccaneers
The starting quarterback for Tampa Bay over the last two-plus seasons, Freeman threw for 264 yards and two touchdowns on 29-of-51 aim, but he also had four costly interceptions as the Buccaneers lost to Chicago, 24-18, Sunday in London, England. In seven games, Freeman is 166-of-270 (61.5-percent) for 1,723 yards and seven touchdowns. He has also rushed 28 times for 109 yards and two scores. Freeman is ranks third in the NFL in completions and 10th in yards. Tampa Bay is tied for second in the NFC South with a 4-3 mark.
Video Highlights: 24-yd TD pass | 2-yd TD pass
Rob Jackson, LB – Washington Redskins
Jackson, a backup linebacker and special teams player for the Redskins, Played in Washington’s 33-20 loss at Carolina, but he did not record any statistics. The Redskins are tied for second in the NFC East at 3-3. This season, Jackson has collected five tackles.
Ben Leber, LB – St. Louis Rams
Leber, who started the first four games of the 2011 season, was inactive on Sunday for a 34-7 St. Louis loss at Dallas on Sunday. The linebacker has amassed 12 tackles for St. Louis, which is 0-6 this season.
Ryan Lilja, OL – Kansas City Chiefs
A starter for the first six games this season, Lilja and the Kansas City Chiefs earn a 28-0 win at Oakland on Sunday. Lilja helped the Chiefs gain 300 total yards, including 139 on the ground, while quarterback Matt Cassel was not sacked in the contest. Kansas City holds 3-3 record to sit in third place in the AFC West, a half game behind Oakland for second.
Jeron Mastrud, TE – Miami Dolphins
Mastrud, a backup tight end for the Miami Dolphins, played in two tight end sets and on special teams in Miami’s 18-15 loss to Denver at home on Sunday. Mastrud has one catch for seven yards this season for the Dolphins, who are 0-6.
Jon McGraw, S – Kansas City Chiefs
McGraw started his fourth game of the season on Sunday at Oakland and came away with six tackles and one of six Kansas City interceptions to help the Chiefs earn a 28-0 shutout victory. McGraw was a part of the first Chiefs shutout in the history of the series, while it was Kansas City’s first road shutout since 1973. In six games this season, the safety has 28 tackles, four passes defended and two interceptions. With the win, the Chiefs are 3-3 to sit in third in the AFC West, a half game behind Oakland for second place.
Video Highlight: Interception
Jordy Nelson, WR – Green Bay Packers
Nelson helped Green Bay stay undefeated with a 33-27 win at Minnesota on Sunday. The fourth-year player hauled in four passes for 52 yards, his third game this season with at least four catches. He also recorded a special teams tackle against the Vikings. In seven games this season, Nelson has 24 receptions for 465 yards and four touchdowns. Nelson ranks third in the NFL in average per catch among players with 20 or more receptions (19.4), while he is tied for eighth in touchdown receptions. Additionally, his 93-yard touchdown reception last week against St. Louis is the third-longest this year. Green Bay is the only undefeated team in the NFL with a perfect 7-0 mark.
Terence Newman, CB – Dallas Cowboys
Starting his fourth game of the season, Newman carded one tackle in the Cowboys’ 37-4 victory Sunday at home against St. Louis. This season, the former first-round draft pick has 11 tackles, one interception and two passes defended. Dallas is tied for second in the NFC East with Washington at 3-3.
Darren Sproles, RB/Returner – New Orleans Saints
Sproles started and helped lead New Orleans to a 62-7 win Sunday night at home against Indianapolis. The multi-talented Sproles rushed 12 times for 88 yards and one touchdown, while he caught six passes out of the backfield for 19 yards and another score. He also took back four punts for 27 yards and a pair of kickoffs for a 28-yard average. A former San Diego draft pick, Sproles has accounted for 1,115 all-purpose yards this season, including 329 receiving yards on 45 receptions (7.3 yards per catch). He also has five total touchdowns, coming on two rushes, two pass receptions and a punt return. Sproles is tied for second in the league in receptions. New Orleans is in sole possession of first place in the NFC South with a 5-2 record.
Video Highlights: 6-yd TD reception | 16-yd TD run | 16-yd run
Daniel Thomas, RB – Miami Dolphins
Thomas came off the bench to lead the Dolphins with 53 rushing yards on 19 carries and also made two catches in Miami’s 18-15 loss to Denver at home on Sunday. In four games this season, the running back has rushed for 302 yards on 75 carries, while he has seven catches for 49 yards and one touchdown. Miami is 0-6 this season.
Reggie Walker, LB – Arizona Cardinals
Walker played in the Cardinals’ 32-20 loss on Sunday at home to Pittsburgh. The backup linebacker and defensive player downed a punt inside the Steelers’ 10-yard line. This season, Walker has nine tackles for the 1-5 Cardinals, who are third in the NFC West.
Video Highlights from NFL.com