Jayhawks in the Pros (Week 14)
Dec. 13, 2010
Former Kansas wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe, who played at KU from 2007-09, was activated from the Tampa Buccaneers’ practice squad on Nov. 30. However, he did not play in Tampa Bay’s 17-16 over the Washington Redskins at FedEx Field Sunday. Briscoe is still looking to appear in his first NFL game after being drafted this year by the Cincinnati Bengals. He was cut by the Bengals at the end of training camp, but picked up by Tampa Bay on Sept. 9.
Offensive lineman Anthony Collins, who played at KU from 2005-07, is in his third season with the Cincinnati Bengals. Collins played in Cincinnati’s 23-7 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers Sunday at Heinz Field. He has been active for five of the Bengals’ 13 games this season, and played in 29 games in his NFL career. He was selected in the fourth round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Bengals.
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 did not start, but played in San Francisco’s 40-21 rout of the Seattle Seahawks at Candlestick Park Sunday. Norris did not record any stats. He has played in all 13 of the 49ers’ games this season. He has 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 has been on Green Bay’s practice squad the last seven weeks, and was inactive for the Packers’ 7-3 loss at Detroit on Sunday. 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 was inactive for San Diego in the Chargers’ 31-0 win over the Kansas City Chiefs at Qualcomm Stadium Sunday. 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 injured his hip on Dec. 5 against the Atlanta Falcons and will miss the rest of the season. The former KU star also had 40 tackles and 11 pass breakups in 11 games this season and was tied for second in the NFL in interceptions with six. 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.