Dec 15, 2013; Nashville, TN, USA; Arizona Cardinals running back Rashard Mendenhall (28) carries the ball against the Tennessee Titans during the first half at LP Field. Mandatory Credit: Don McPeak-USA TODAY Sports

Illinois Fighting Illini Football: Illini In The NFL Update – Week 15


Week 15 might not be officially done for the NFL with the Detroit Lions taking on the Baltimore Ravens tonight on Monday Night Football, but the week is done for all of the former Illinois Fighting Illini players in the NFL.

Here’s a look at the Fighting Illini who did some things this week:

Corey Liuget: Corey Liuget might have recorded over ten tackles in his last four games, but was not able to get things going on Thursday Night Football in the Chargers’ win over Manning and the Broncos. He only made one tackle in the 27-20 win.

Whitney Mercilius: Chalk up another loss for the Houston Texans in 2013. Houston loss 25-3 to the Indianapolis Colts and continued their woeful ways. Mercilius did not play well himself as the former Illini linebacker only recorded two combined tackles in the game.

Vontae Davis: On the other side of the ball, the Indiana Colts looked good defensively while holding the Texans offense to only three points. Davis did his part as he defended one pass and had three tackles in the game.

Michael Buchanan: Yet again, the Patriots found themselves in a close fourth quarter game, however, they were not able to win this one against Miami. After picking up a tackle last week, Illini rookie Michael Buchanan didn’t record a single tackle in South Beach.

Steve Weatherford: Weatherford was put to work on Sunday as the NFL’s best defense came to New York for a battle with the G-Men. The Illini punter punted the ball eight times (most punts since October 21st) for 380 yards in the game.

Akeem Spence: Tampa Bay might have lost to San Francisco on Sunday, but former Illini defensive lineman Akeem Spence had another solid game for the Bucs. After racking up two tackles in Week 14, Spence made three tackles on Sunday even though the Bucs’ defense had to chase down Colin Kaepernick.

Alan Ball: After losing to Buffalo on Sunday, the Jags have been officially eliminated from the playoffs in 2013. However, Alan Ball had another solid game for Jacksonville with three total tackles in the game.

A.J. Jenkins: From a team that will not be in the playoffs, we go to a team that WILL be in the playoffs this season. Kansas City clinched their playoff berth this weekend with a win over the Oakland Raiders. Although the Chiefs won on Sunday, Illini wide receiver A.J. Jenkins did not record a single catch, but was targeted once in the game.

Rashard Mendenhall: In a huge overtime victory that kept the Cards playoff hopes alive, Rashad Mendenhall had a quality 21 carries this weekend. He was able to run the ball for 69 yards and two scores while catching one pass for nine yards.

Pierre Thomas: The weekend was not a positive one for Pierre Thomas and the Saints as they suffered a major loss to the St. Louis Rams. The Rams D was able to keep Thomas out of the endzone in the running and receiving games. He was only able to run for 21 yards on eight carries, but racked up 62 receiving yards on seven receptions.

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