Here is the Week 11 recap of how former Illini football players fared in the NFL this past weekend.
Cornerback Kelvin Hayden
Hayden had a quiet day in the Colts’ loss to the Patriots, finishing with 5 tackles.
Punter Steve Weatherford, Offensive Lineman Brandon Moore and Tight End Jeff Cumberland vs. Safety Eugene Wilson and Kicker Neil Rackers
The Jets once again avoided a loss as quarterback Mark Sanchez led the team down the field on a last second drive.
Weatherford only punted 4 times the entire game, yet he landed 2 inside the 20 and had an impressive average of of more than 47 yards per punt.
Moore did an excellent job protecting Sanchez all game. Sanchez was able to throw for more than 300 yards, and the Jets rushed for another 100 behind the protection of the offensive line.
Cumberland did not play against the Jets and still has yet to play an game in the NFL.
Wilson had a quiet 4 tackles as the Houston defense was unable to hold back the Jets on their last second drive.
Rackers made both of his field goal attempts, the longest from 38 yards, and connected on all three of his PATs.
Offensive Lineman Tony Pashos
With Pashos out for the season, the Cleveland line struggled against the Jaguars defense, allowing 6 sacks on quarterback Colt McCoy.
Cornerback Vontae Davis
Davis had 4 tackles and a pass deflection as the Dolphins were able to hold the Bears to only 16 points but unable to score any of their own.
Cornerback Alan Ball and Defensive Lineman Josh Brent
Both Ball and Brent saw little action in the Cowboys win over Detroit, with each player registering just one tackle.
Linebacker Will Davis vs. Offensive Lineman Jon Asamoah
Davis recorded two tackles against the surging Chiefs and has since been placed on injured reserve for the rest of the season.
Asamoah did not see any action as a reserve for the Chiefs but is gaining the experience he needs to become a starter in the next year or two.
Wide Receiver Greg Lewis
Lewis had 2 receptions for 40 yards during the Vikings’ embarrassing loss to the Packers.
While Vikings head coach Brad Childress was fired after the loss, interim head coach Leslie Frazier has confirmed that Brett Favre will still be the team’s quarterback.
Running Back Rashard Mendenhall
Mendenhall only managed 59 yards on 23 carries against the Raiders, but he did have a touchdown early in the first quarter.
Mendenhall did not have any receptions.
Tight End Michael Hoomanawanui and Fullback Brit Miller
Hoomanawanui had 4 receptions for 46 yards and a touchdown as the Rams fell short against the Falcons.
Miller had 2 tackles for the Rams’ special teams unit.
Wide Receiver Arrelious Benn
Benn had two receptions for 14 yards as the Buccaneers improved to 7-3 on the season.
Offensive Lineman David Diehl
Diehl missed his second straight game (and only the second game of his career) with a hamstring injury as the Giants could not stop the Philadelphia Eagles and Michael Vick hype on Sunday Night Football.
Wide Receiver Brandon Lloyd
While most of the Broncos struggled, Lloyd continued to have an exceptional season.
He had 6 receptions for 78 yards and one of the team’s two touchdowns.
Until Week 12, when the traditional Thanksgiving games figure to add some extra excitement.
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