Jayhawks in the Pros (NFL Edition)
Jan. 4, 2011
Former Kansas wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe, who played at KU from 2007-09, signed with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers early in the season and saw action in the team’s final two contests. Briscoe caught four passes for 65 yards and his first NFL touchdown in Tampa Bay’s 23-13 win over the New Orleans Saints in Week 17. During the 2010 season, Briscoe recorded six catches for 93 yards and a touchdown. He was originally selected by the Cincinnati Bengals in the sixth round of last season’s draft, but was cut at the end of training camp.
Offensive lineman Anthony Collins, who played at KU from 2005-07, completed his third season with the Cincinnati Bengals Sunday. Collins started his third game of the season in Cincinnati’s 13-7 loss to the Baltimore Ravens at M&T Bank Stadium. He suffered an injury early in the season, but played in nine games, making starts in the team’s final three contests. He has played all three of his professional seasons with the Bengals after being selected by the team in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft.
Linebacker James Holt, who played at KU from 2005-08, was injured in San Diego’s loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Sept. 26 and missed the remainder of the 2010 season. Holt finished his year with two tackles on special teams. He was an undrafted free agent signee by the Chargers in 2009, and has played in nine games in his career, recording 12 tackles.
Former KU wide receiver Kerry Meier, who played at KU from 2006-09, injured his knee in his second preseason game and missed the entire 2010 season. Meier recorded three catches in two preseason contests. According to an Associated Press story at the time of the injury, Meier was on his way to earning a spot on the Falcons’ team as a backup wide receiver.
Former Kansas fullback Moran Norris, who played at KU from 1996-2000, finished his 10th year of professional football and his fourth season with the San Francisco 49ers last weekend. Norris started his 11th game of the season in San Francisco’s 38-7 victory over the Arizona Cardinals. Norris did not record any stats. He played in all 16 of the 49ers’ games this season, making four catches for 20 yards and three carries from scrimmage for no gain. Norris was originally drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the fourth round of the 2001 NFL Draft. He has also played for the Houston Texans and Detroit Lions in addition to a season with the Saints and three with the 49ers.
Former Kansas linebacker Mike Rivera, who played at KU from 2005-08, was picked up by the Green Bay Packers on Oct. 13, after being cut in training camp by the Tennessee Titans. Rivera spent the remainder of the season on the Packers’ practice squad, but was signed by the Miami Dolphins prior to Week 17, but did play in Miami’s 38-7 loss to New England. Rivera has been with four different teams in his NFL career. He was originally signed by the Chicago Bears as an undrafted free agent prior to the 2009 season.
Former Kansas safety Darrell Stuckey, who played at KU from 2006-09, finished his rookie season with the San Diego Chargers. Stuckey missed the final 13 games of the season after being injured in Week 3 against Seattle. The first-year safety played in just one of San Diego’s games and didn’t record any stats. He did, however, appear in the background of an NFL.com commercial, which included shots inside of the Chargers’ locker room. He was selected in the fourth round by the Chargers in the 2010 NFL Draft.
Former Kansas cornerback Aqib Talib, who played at KU from 2005-07, finished in his third season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Talib enjoyed one of his most productive years, with six interceptions, 40 tackles and 11 pass breakups in 11 games, before injuring his hip against the Atlanta Falcons on Dec. 4. His six picks still tied for fifth in the league during the regular season. He recorded his first NFL interception return for a touchdown against Arizona on Oct. 31, and was named the NFC Defensive Player of the Week that week. Talib was selected in the first round by the Buccaneers in the 2008 NFL Draft.