Former Illinois running back Rashard Mendenhall (#34) moves through the New York Jets defense during the Pittsburgh Steelers loss last Sunday.

Pro-Style Pigskins: Week 15 Edition of Illinois Fighting Illini in the NFL

It was a relatively poor week for the Illini in the NFL this past weekend.

Rashard Mendenhall had an impressive game in the Steelers’ loss to the Jets, but most of the former Illini had quiet games as their teams struggled.

Here is a recap of how each team’s UI alumni fared in week 15.

Offensive Lineman Jon Asamoah vs. Tight End Michael Hoomanawanui and Linebacker Brit Miller

Asamoah is a backup on the Chief’s offensive line.

Hoomanawanui did not have any receptions as his quarterback struggled, throwing two picks and no touchdowns.

Miller had one tackle on special teams coverage.

Linebacker Will Davis

Davis is out for the season after fracturing his leg earlier in the season.

Offensive Lineman David Diehl

Diehl and his fellow linemen struggled against the Eagles.

The Giants only totaled 100 yards on the ground and quarterback Eli Manning was sacked twice.

Philadelphia would score four touchdowns in the final eight minutes to complete a miraculous comeback.

Wide Receiver Arrelious “Rejus” Benn

Benn had 3 receptions for 34 yards against the Lions, but his Buccaneers fell in overtime as Detroit nailed a field goal.

Offensive Lineman Tony Pashos

Pashos is out for the season with an injury.

The Browns’ offensive line struggled protecting rookie quarterback Colt McCoy, who was sacked four times.

Cleveland racked up a grand total of 59 yards on the ground.

The loss ensures another losing season for the Browns.

Cornerback Vontae Davis

Davis had 2 tackles and a pass deflection as the Dolphins were knocked out of the AFC wild card race.

Cornerback Alan Ball and Defensive Lineman Josh Brent

Ball had only 2 tackles and Brent added one more in what was a rather pitiful performance from Dallas’ defense against a Rex Grossman-led Washington Redskins.

Kicker Neil Rackers and Safety Eugene Wilson

Rackers was perfect, making both PAT’s and a 37 yard field goal.

Wilson only had one tackle as the Houston defense was beat up on the ground and through the air.

Punter Steve Weatherford, Offensive Lineman Brandon Moore and Tight End Jeff Cumberland vs. Running Back Rashard Mendenhall

Weatherford averaged only 36 yards on his 4 punts, but 3 were downed inside the opponents 20.

Moore and the line did a good job protecting quarterback Mark Sanchez, who was only sacked once all game.

Cumberland did not play, and managed to stay out of the news after ratting out his special teams coach for his involvement in the controversial tripping of a Miami player the previous week.

Mendenhall managed 100 yards rushing and a touchdown against the Jets’ tough run defense, but it was not enough as the Steelers dropped their fourth game of the season.

Wide Receiver Brandon Lloyd

Lloyd had 79 yards receiving and a touchdown in Tim Tebow’s first game as a NFL starter.

Wide Receiver Greg Lewis

Lewis did not have a reception as the Vikings were pounded by the Bears in Minnesota’s TCF Stadium.

That’s it for this week’s Pigskins.

Hopefully next week will have more big performances as teams fight for the final wild card spots.

Until next week.

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