Jayhawks in the Pros
Aug. 7, 2012
With many National Football League teams in their beginning their third week of training camp, KUAthletics.com will check in with the 10 former Jayhawk student-athletes who are vying for spots on NFL rosters.
Tight end Tim Biere is in his first NFL training camp with the Kansas City Chiefs. Biere, who played at KU from 2008-11, is looking to make the Chiefs’ roster as an undrafted rookie. He is one of six tight ends in camp with Kansas City. Biere signed with the Chiefs as an undrafted free agent following the NFL Draft in April.
Wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe is in camp with the Washington Redskins after being released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in late July. Briscoe, who played at KU from 2007-09, signed with Washington on July 28. Last season with Tampa Bay, the former Jayhawk standout recorded 35 catches for 387 yards and six touchdowns. In his two NFL seasons, Briscoe has played in 18 games and tallied 41 catches for 480 yards and seven touchdowns. He was originally drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
Offensive tackle Anthony Collins begins his fifth season in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals. Collins, who played at KU from 2005-07, has played in 39 games in five years with the Bengals, including 18 starts at tackle. Injuries limited Collins to just seven games last season. He was originally selected by Cincinnati in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft.
Defensive back Chris Harris is in his second camp with the Denver Broncos. Harris, who played at KU from 2007-10, made the team last season as an undrafted free agent and appeared in all 16 games, making four starts for Denver. The rookie defensive back made 72 tackles in 2011 and had one interception. Harris signed with the Broncos as an undrafted free agent following the 2011 NFL Draft.
Linebacker Steven Johnson is a rookie in training camp with the Denver Broncos. Johnson, who played at KU from 2008-11, is looking to make the Denver roster as an undrafted free agent. He is one of 13 linebackers on Denver’s current roster. Johnson was signed by the Broncos as an undrafted free agent following the 2012 NFL Draft in April.
Wide receiver Kerry Meier is in his third training camp with the Atlanta Falcons. Meier, who played at KU from 2006-09, appeared in 12 games for the Falcons last season, seeing time mostly on special teams. He hopes to crack the regular rotation at wide receiver this season, being one of seven receivers who has two years of NFL experience or less on Atlanta’s roster. Meier was originally a fifth-round draft pick by the Falcons in the 2010 NFL Draft.
Fullback Moran Norris will begin his 12th NFL season and first back with the Houston Texans. Norris, who played at KU from 1996-2000, returns to Houston after stints with the San Francisco 49ers (2006-07, 2009-11) and Detroit Lions (2008). Norris’ first stint with the Texans was from 2002-05. Last season with the 49ers, Norris played in five regular season games, making two starts. In his career, he has played in 140 games, rushed for 67 yards on 28 carries and also recorded 38 catches for 198 yards and three touchdowns. Norris was originally drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the fourth round of the 2001 NFL Draft.
Linebacker Mike Rivera is in his fourth year of vying for a spot on an NFL roster and first year with the New England Patriots. Rivera, who played at KU from 2005-08, signed with the Patriots as a free agent during the offseason and is one of 12 linebackers in camp with New England. Most recently, Rivera was with the Miami Dolphins in 2010, spending five weeks on their practice squad. During his professional career, Rivera has spent time with the Chicago Bears, Tennessee Titans, Green Bay Packers and Miami Dolphins. He was originally signed by the Bears as an undrafted free agent following the 2009 NFL Draft.
Safety Darrell Stuckey is in his third year with the San Diego Chargers. Stuckey, who played at KU from 2006-09, participated in 14 games for the Chargers last season. The Kansas City, Kan. native saw time on special teams for most of the year and made 12 tackles, including nine solo stops. Stuckey was drafted by the Chargers in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
Cornerback Aqib Talib is in his fifth season in the NFL and fourth as a starting corner for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Talib, who played at KU from 2005-07, started 13 games for the Bucs last year and made 34 tackles, broke up 11 passes and recorded two interceptions, both of which he returned for touchdowns. Talib was fifth in the NFL with six picks in 2010 and has 161 tackles in his four-year career. He was a first-round pick by Tampa Bay in the 2008 NFL Draft.
Jayhawks in the Canadian Football League
Tailback Jon Cornish is in his sixth CFL season, all with the Calgary Stampeders. Cornish, who played at KU from 2002-06, has been slowed by an injury this season. Through six games, he has gained 199 yards rushing on 52 carries with three touchdowns, while he also has 11 catches for 76 yards. Last season, Cornish broke out with career-highs in carries (119), rushing yards (863) and touchdowns (nine). Cornish and the Stampeders will take on Hamilton on Thursday night at 7 p.m. CT. He signed with Calgary following the end of his KU career in 2007.
Wide receiver Marcus Henry is in his second year in the CFL with the Edmonton Eskimos. Henry, who played at KU from 2004-07, has been placed on injured reserve and has not appeared in a game for the Eskimos this season. Last year, Henry recorded 33 catches for 384 yards and a touchdown. He signed with Edmonton during the 2011 NFL season after being released by the New York Jets in training camp.