Here is the Week Six recap of former Illini currently in the NFL.
Running Back Rashard Mendenhall vs. Offensive Lineman Tony Pashos
With Big Ben Roethlisberger back in action, the Steelers cruised to a home victory against the lowly Browns.
Former Illini star running back Mendenhall toted the rock 27 times for 84 yards, busting a long run of 25 yards and scoring 1 touchdown on the ground.
Former Illini offensive lineman Tony Pashos got the start on the Cleveland offensive line, which allowed 5 sacks on the game with rookie Colt McCoy starting.
Besides getting sacked a handful of times and throwing 2 picks, McCoy was actually quite decent, hitting on 23-of-33 passes for 281 yards and finishing with a 80.5 quarterback rating, which is respectable against the Pittsburgh defense.
Cornerback Vontae Davis
The Dolphins got the big road win in overtime at Lambeau Field, with Davis tying Tony McDaniel and Karlos Dansby with a Miami game-high 4 tackles.
Offensive Lineman David Diehl
The Giants didn’t handle the Lions with as much ease as they did the previous two weeks against the Texans and the Bears, but still earned a 4th victory in 6 games.
Eli Manning was sacked twice, but Ahmad Bradshaw had a big day behind Diehl and the rest of the New York line, rushing 19 times for 133 yards.
Running Back Pierre Thomas and Linebacker Danny Clark vs. Wide Receiver Arrelious Benn
Still without Thomas (ankle injury) and Reggie Bush (fractured fibula), the Saints got back on the winning side of things, with Clark following up a strong performance last week with 5 tackles on Sunday.
In defeat, the rookie Benn had 1 reception for 9 yards.
Tight End Michael Hoomanawanui and Linebacker Brit Miller
San Diego lost to another team it shouldn’t have in a St. Louis squad that has actually been better than expected.
In his first action since getting injured in Week One, rookie tight end Hoomanawanui had 1 reception for 5 yards.
In his first game action of the season (after having his contract purchased from the St. Louis practice squad), former Illini linebacker and current NFL fullback Miller had 1 special-teams tackle.
Safety Eugene Wilson and Kicker Neil Rackers
Houston handed the Chiefs its second loss of the season (both coming in the last two weeks), with Wilson having a very strong defensive game, notching a Texans’ game-high 7 tackles and chipping in 3 assists.
Rackers was a perfect 5-for-5 in extra points and didn’t have any field goal attempts as the Texans got into the end zone with regularity on Sunday.
Punter Steve Weatherford, Offensive Lineman Brandon Moore and Tight End Jeff Cumberland vs. Wide Receiver Brandon Lloyd
Thanks to a questionable pass interference call late in the fourth quarter, the Jets were able to take the lead for good with a little more than a minute left during Sunday’s big win at the Broncos.
Offensive lineman Brandon Moore and the rest of the Jets up front weren’t phenomenal, with Mark Sanchez getting sacked twice and LaDainian Tomlinson and Shonn Greene combining for 98 yards on 23 carries, but New York still improved to 5-1.
Weatherford was solid as usual, netting a 48.6 average on 5 punts and hanging 1 ball inside the 20-yard line.
Cumberland was inactive again and has yet to play this season.
Entering the game as the NFL’s leading receiver in terms of yards from scrimmage, Lloyd was somewhat contained, catching only 4 passes but gaining 74 yards for an impressive 18.5 average.
Lloyd still leads the league in receiving yards (663) through the first six weeks, with Indianapolis wide out Reggie Wayne second with 45 receptions (11 more than Lloyd) for 602 yards.
Wide Receiver Greg Lewis vs. Cornerback Alan Ball and Defensive Lineman Josh Brent
A battle of disappointing NFC teams, the Vikings held on for a much-needed victory while the Cowboys fell to 1-4.
The Dallas-Minnesota game was a quiet one for the former Illini, with Lewis not getting a reception for the victorious Vikes and Ball registering 1 tackle and 1 assist, and Brent 1 assist for the struggling Cowboys.
Cornerback Kelvin Hayden
Hayden had 4 tackles and 2 assists as the Colts hung on for the 3-point road victory.
Week Six Byes
● Arizona Cardinals (Linebacker Will Davis)
● Buffalo Bills (No Former Illini)
● Carolina Panthers (No Former Illini)
● Cincinnati Bengals (No Former Illini)
Until next week.
Topics: Ahmad Bradshaw, Alan Ball, Arrelious Benn, Ben Roethlisberger, Brandon Lloyd, Brandon Moore, Brit Miller, Colt McCoy, Danny Clark, David Diehl, Eli Manning, Eugene Wilson, Greg Lewis, Jeff Cumberland, Josh Brent, Karlos Dansby, Kelvin Hayden, LaDainian Tomlinson, Lambeau Field, Mark Sanchez, Michael Hoomanawanui, Neil Rackers, Pierre Thomas, Rashard Mendenhall, Reggie Bush, Reggie Wayne, Shonn Greene, Steve Weatherford, Tony McDaniel, Tony Pashos, Vontae Davis, Will Davis