Jayhawks in the Pros
Nov. 22, 2010
Former Kansas wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe, who played at KU from 2007-09, was picked up by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Sept. 6 after being released by the Cincinnati Bengals. Briscoe has been on the practice squad all season. As a member of the practice squad, he can be activated and added to the 53-man roster at any time. Players can be promoted to the active roster of their current team or to that of any other team. They have free agent status and can sign with any team they wish without compensation to the original team. Briscoe was selected by Cincinnati in sixth round of this year’s draft.
Offensive lineman Anthony Collins, who played at KU from 2005-07, is in his third season with the Cincinnati Bengals. Collins played in a backup role at guard in the Bengals’ 42-31 loss to the Buffalo Bills Sunday. He has been active for four of the Bengals’ 10 games this season, and played in 27 games in his NFL career. He was selected in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Bengals.
Wide receiver Marcus Henry, who played at KU from 2004-07, was placed on the practice squad injured reserve on Oct. 7 with a knee injury, which will sideline him for the remainder of the season. Henry was picked up by the Carolina Panthers on Sept. 24. He spent the last two seasons with the New York Jets. Henry was selected by the Jets in the sixth 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 was placed on injured reserve, meaning he will miss the remainder of the 2010 season. Holt finished his 2010 season with two tackles on special teams. He was an undrafted free agent signee by the Chargers in 2009, and played in nine games recording 10 tackles a season ago.
Former KU wide receiver Kerry Meier, who played at KU from 2006-09, injured his knee in his second preseason game against the New England Patriots on Aug. 20 and will miss the 2010 season. Meier recorded one catch for seven yards in the game against Patriots – and had three catches in the preseason. According to an Associated Press story, 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, is in his 10th year of professional football and his fourth season with the San Francisco 49ers. Norris started his seventh game of the season Sunday in San Francisco’s 21-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers at Candlestick Park. Norris has played in all 10 of the 49ers’ games this season, making seven starts. He has three catches for 15 yards and two 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 has been on Green Bay’s practice squad the last three weeks, and was back in Lawrence last weekend with the Packers on a bye week. Rivera has been with three 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, is in his rookie season with the San Diego Chargers. Stuckey is hoping to come back from a groin injury this week on Monday Night Football against the Denver Broncos. Stuckey has played in just one game this season after being injured in Week 3 against Seattle. He was selected in the fourth round by the Chargers in this year’s NFL Draft.
Former Kansas cornerback Aqib Talib, who played at KU from 2005-07, is in his third season with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Talib recorded a tackle and had a pass defended in Tampa Bay’s 21-0 win over San Francisco Sunday. Talib is tied for third in the NFL with five interceptions and also has 33 tackles and eight pass breakups in nine games. 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 the following week. Talib was selected in the first round by the Buccaneers in the 2008 NFL Draft.
Jayhawks in the Canadian Football League
Former Kansas safety Raymond Brown, who played at KU from 2005-08, is in his first season with the Calgary Stampeders. Brown was cut by the team in July and then re-signed on Oct. 14, but did not play in any games this season. He has been a member of the team’s practice squad.
Former Kansas running back Jon Cornish, who played at KU from 2003-06, is in his fourth season in the Canadian Football League with the Calgary Stampeders. Cornish played in the CFL Semifinals on Friday evening and gained 31 yards on three carries and had a one-yard catch in the Stampeders’ 20-16 loss to the Regina Roughriders. Cornish enjoyed a career year this season, gaining 618 yards on 85 carries as well as 14 catches for 226 yards and a touchdown. He has rushed for 1,007 yards and three touchdowns in his four seasons with Calgary. He was selected in the second round of the 2006 CFL Draft.
Former Jayhawk wide receiver Brandon Rideau, who played at KU from 2001-04, is in his first full season with the Toronto Argonauts of the Canadian Football League after spending four years on NFL rosters. He did not record any stats in the Argonauts’ Semifinal loss to the Montreal Allouettes on Friday. Rideau hauled in 24 catches this season for 443 yards and a touchdown for the Argos. He was signed as a free agent by the Argonauts on Feb. 12 of this year.
Jayhawks in the United Football League
Former Kansas tight end Adrian Jones, who played at KU from 2000-03, just completed his first season with the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL. Jones was picked up midseason by the Nighthawks and made four starts at right tackle. However, he was inactive for the Nighthawks season finale against the Florida Tuskers on Friday.
Former Jayhawk linebacker Joe Mortensen, who played at KU from 2005-08, has just finished his second season with in the United Football League with the Hartford Colonials. Mortensen played in Hartford’s 27-14 victory over Las Vegas Saturday in the team’s season-finale and had one tackle. This season, Mortensen recorded seven tackles and played sparingly due to injury. He had 29 tackles and two passes defended in his rookie season with the New York Sentinels.