Tough Week for Knights Alumni

For UCF football fans, watching the Knights successful alumni on Sunday's is nearly as rewarding as watching their own team play. Since the Knights season finished weeks ago, looking in at Kevin Smith, Brandon Marshall, and Asante Samuel and company is the only connection to UCF football that we have.

It was another tough week for the UCF alum, as each of the teams with former Knights stars lost on Sunday, but our guys still put up big stats.

Lions rookie running back Kevin Smith continued his assault on the NFL, as the NFL continued their assault on the Detroit Lions. In a 42-7 loss at home to the New Orleans Saints, Smith rushed for 111 of the team's 255 total net yards, and he added the only touchdown of the game for the winless Lions. On the season, Smith has run for 884 yards while averaging 4.2 yards per carry, with seven rushing touchdowns. Smith as also caught 36 passes for 279 yards as a rookie. Smith needs 116 yards in the Lions season finale to eclipse the 1000-yard mark, and he would be the first Lions back since Barry Sanders to reach that milestone. 1000 yards is great accomplishment, but it's made even greater when considering the lack of talent on the Detroit offensive line, behind center for the Lions, and everywhere else. For a potential winless team to have a 1000-yard rusher or even a near 1000-yard rusher speaks volumes about the talent of the former Knights All-American.

Former Knights quarterback Daunte Culpepper missed Sunday's game with a shoulder injury, and tight end Michael Gaines played, but did not catch a pass. Former UCF cornerback Travis Fisher recorded three tackles and one pass defensed.

Kevin Smith and his Lions will be trying to avoid infamy next Sunday as they travel to Green Bay and look for their first victory.

Former Knights and current Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall suffered a crushing 30-23 defeat at the hands of the Buffalo Bills. His Broncos had an opportunity to clinch the AFC West and are now in a do-or-die situation as they travel to San Diego next Sunday in what amounts to be a playoff game in December. The upset victory by Buffalo was to no fault of Marshall's, as he reeled in 10 receptions for 129 yards. Marshall has 98 receptions for 1210 yards and six touchdowns while playing in 14 games this season.

The highest paid Knight in the NFL, Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel played fairly well in Philadelphia's 10-3 loss at Washington. Samuel recorded four tackles with two passes defensed, but dropped an interception that could've changed the outcome.

Asante Samuel's Eagles will close the regular season at home against Dallas and they will need to win and get some help to qualify for the final NFC Wildcard spot.


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