Jayhawks in the Pros (Week 9)
Nov. 7, 2011
LAWRENCE, Kan. – Throughout the course of the season, kuathletics.com will check in with the seven former student-athletes who are playing in the National Football League and three playing in the Canadian Football League. This week’s edition is highlighted by Denver Broncos’ rookie Chris Harris, who recorded his first career interception and also had 11 tackles in the Broncos’ win over the Oakland Raiders.
Wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe, who played at KU from 2007-09, is in his second season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Briscoe played in the Buccaneers’ 27-16 loss to the New Orleans Saints at the Superdome Sunday. He recorded a season-long catch of 46 yards, which was his only reception of the game. In his professional career, the former Jayhawk receiver has 23 catches for 335 yards and two touchdowns. He was originally a sixth-round draft pick by the Cincinnati Bengals in 2010 and was signed by Tampa Bay following training camp last year.
Offensive lineman Anthony Collins, who played at KU from 2005-07, is in his fourth season with the Cincinnati Bengals. Collins was healthy, but did not play in the Bengals’ 24-17 win over the Tennessee Titans in Nashville Sunday. In his NFL career, Collins has played in 34 games, making 16 starts at offensive tackle. He was originally a fourth-round draft pick by Cincinnati in 2008.
Defensive back Chris Harris, who played at KU from 2007-10, is in his first season with the Denver Broncos. Harris made his second-straight start for the Denver Broncos as a nickel back in Denver’s 38-24 win over the Oakland Raiders at Network Associates’ Coliseum Sunday. Harris had a huge game with an interception, a pass break up and a career-high 11 tackles for Denver. After playing mostly on special teams early in the season, Harris has started on defense in each of the last two contests. He has played in all eight games for the Broncos this season, making 29 tackles and recording an interception and three pass breakups. He was signed as an undrafted free agent by Denver this year prior to training camp.
Wide receiver Kerry Meier, who played at KU from 2006-09, is in his second season with the Atlanta Falcons. Meier played on special teams in Atlanta’s 31-7 win over the Indianapolis Colts Sunday at Lucas Oil Stadium. Meier has played in six games this season, but is still looking for his first NFL reception. He missed the entire 2010 season with an injury after being a fifth-round selection by Atlanta in the 2010 NFL Draft.
Fullback Moran Norris, who played at KU from 1996-2000, is in his 11th NFL season and his third with the San Francisco 49ers. Norris was inactive for the sixth-straight week due to injury as the 49ers downed the Washington Redskins, 19-11, at FedEx Field on Sunday. In his career, Norris has played in 137 regular season games and recorded 198 receiving yards on 57 catches; he has also rushed for 67 yards on 28 carries. He was originally drafted by the New Orleans Saints in the fourth round of the 2001 NFL Draft.
Safety Darrell Stuckey, who played at KU from 2006-09, is in his second season with the San Diego Chargers. Stuckey played in San Diego’s 45-38 loss to the Green Bay Packers at Qualcomm Stadium Sunday. The Kansas grad recovered an onside kick late in the game, which gave the Chargers a chance at the tying score. He also had one tackle on special teams. In his career, Stuckey has played in seven games and made five tackles. He was a fourth-round draft pick by San Diego in the 2010 NFL Draft.
Cornerback Aqib Talib, who played at KU from 2005-07, is in his fourth season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Talib started and recorded six tackles in the Buccaneers’ 27-16 loss to the New Orleans Saints at the Superdome Sunday. In his pro career, Talib has recorded 153 total tackles, defended 41 passes and tallied 16 interceptions. He was a first-round selection by the Buccaneers in the 2008 NFL Draft.
Jayhawks in the CFL
Tailback Jon Cornish, who played at KU from 2003-06, is in his fourth season with the Calgary Stampeders of the Canadian Football League. Cornish scored his ninth touchdown of the season in Saturday’s 30-24 victory over the Winnipeg Blue Bombers in Calgary. The Kansas product tallied 38 yards on eight carries and also had two catches for 20 yards. In 17 games this year, Cornish has 863 yards on 119 carries from scrimmage and nine touchdowns on the ground. He has also amassed 385 yards on 26 receptions and two TD catches this year. In his CFL career, Cornish has recorded 1,870 yards on 256 rushing attempts with 12 touchdowns. He has also racked up 713 yards receiving and four touchdowns on 50 career catches.
Wide receiver Marcus Henry, who played at KU from 2004-07, is in his first season with the Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League. Henry suffered a concussion earlier this season and has missed the team’s last seven games. For the season, Henry has recorded 33 receptions for 384 yards and a touchdown. He was with the New York Jets in training camp the last three seasons, but never appeared in a regular-season game. He was signed by Edmonton as an import free agent prior to the CFL’s regular season.
Wide receiver Brandon Rideau, who played at KU from 2001-04, is in his second season with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League. Rideau did not play in Toronto’s 33-16 win over Hamilton on Thursday due to injury. Rideau has 43 catches for 571 yards and five touchdowns for the season. In his two-year CFL career, he has recorded 69 receptions, 1,004 yards and six scores.