The Week in Review: Illini in the NFL

Since it is never easy to keep up with the performance of former Illinois players in the NFL while you are also watching your favorite NFL team and keeping up on your fantasy team's performance, IlliniBoard.com thought a nice new feature to add would be a recap on how former Illinois players performed in the NFL this weekend. <br><br> Read more to see how Ken Dilger, Simeon Rice, Kevin Hardy, Brandon Lloyd, Eugene Wilson, and the other Illini in the NFL performed.

DANNY CLARK - JACKSONVILLE JAGUARS
Jacksonville Jaguar Danny Clark (AP/Coale)
Former Illinois linebacker, Danny Clark recorded 5 tackles, and assisted on 2 others for the Jaguars in their 21-14 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

Jacksonville finished the 2003 season 5-11, and did not make the playoffs.

SEASON STATISTICS
G Total Tckl Ast Sacks Int Yds Avg Lg TD Pass Def
16 40 29.0 11 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0

JAMEEL COOK - TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Former Illinois fullback, Jameel Cook caught 3 passes for a total of 4 yards for Tampa Bay in their Sunday afternoon loss to the Tennessee Titans.

In the season directly after their Super Bowl win, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished 7-9 and will not be defending their Super Bowl Championship with an appearance in the playoffs.

SEASON STATISTICS
RECEIVING
G GS No Yards Avg Lg TD 20+ 40+ FD
14 8 20 120 6.0 19 1 0 0 8
RUSHING
G GS Att Yards Avg Lg TD 20+ FD  
14 8 1 -1 -1.0 -1 0 0 0  
Jameel Cook Scores a Touchdown in a Previous Game (AP/Martin)

KEN DILGER - TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Ken Dilger Lets Loose a Stiff Arm in a Previous Game (AP/O'Meara)
Ken added one reception for three yards for the Bucs on Sunday afternoon.

In the season directly after their Super Bowl win, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished 7-9 and will not be defending their Super Bowl Championship with an appearance in the playoffs.

SEASON STATISTICS
G GS No Yards Avg Lg TD 20+ 40+ FD
15 15 22 244 11.1 48 1 2 1 10

SIMEON RICE - TAMPA BAY BUCCANEERS
Simeon Rice two tackles for the Bucs on Sunday afternoon.

In the season directly after their Super Bowl win, the Tampa Bay Buccaneers finished 7-9 and will not be defending their Super Bowl Championship with an appearance in the playoffs.

SEASON STATISTICS
G Total Tckl Ast Sacks Int Yds Avg Lg TD Pass Def
16 50 45.0 5 15 2 12 6.0 12 0 6
Simeon Rice Celebrates After Sacking Brett Favre (AP/Audette)

DAVID DIEHL - NEW YORK GIANTS
David once again started for the New York Giants in their Sunday afternoon loss to the Carolina Panthers. David has started every game this season for the Giants at guard. David also recorded one tackle for the Giants on Sunday.

The Giants finshed out the 2003 season with a 4-12 record. The Giants will be looking for a new head coach this offseason to replace the fired Jim Fassel.


KEVIN HARDY - CINCINNATI BENGALS
Kevin Hardy Celebrates After Scoring a Touchdown Earlier This Season Against the San Francisco 49ers (AP/Tribble)
Needing a win to have a chance at the playoffs, the Cincinnati Bengals were upset by the Cleveland Browns 22-14 in Cincinnati. Former Illinois linebacker Kevin Hardy recorded two tackles and had four assists for the Bengals.

The Cincinnati Bengals finished the 2003 season with a record of 8-8, two games behind the AFC North Champion Baltimore Ravens.

SEASON STATISTICS
G Total Tckl Ast Sacks Int Yds Avg Lg TD Pass Def
16 91 58.0 33 1.5 0 0 0.0 0 0 4

ROBERT HOLCOMBE - TENNESSEE TITANS
Robert Holcombe was inactive for the Titans on Sunday afternoon with a hamstring injury that he aggravated in last week's game against the Houston Texans.

Tennessee finished this season with a 12-4 record, good enough for second place in the AFC South. The Titans will take on the Baltimore Ravens in the first round of the AFC Playoffs Saturday @ 4:30 Eastern on ABC.

SEASON STATISTICS
RECEIVING
G GS No Yards Avg Lg TD 20+ 40+ FD
15 0 19 121 6.4 11 1 0 0 4
RUSHING
G GS Att Yards Avg Lg TD 20+ FD  
15 0 63 201 3.2 21 1 2 9  
Robert Holcombe Carries the Ball Earlier This Season Against the Indianpolis Colts (AP/Russell)

BRAD HOPKINS - TENNESSEE TITANS
Brad started for the Tennessee Titans at Right Tackle in their Sunday afternoon victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Tennessee finished this season with a 12-4 record, good enough for second place in the AFC South. The Titans will take on the Baltimore Ravens in the first round of the AFC Playoffs Saturday @ 4:30 Eastern on ABC.


GREG LEWIS - PHILADELPHIA EAGLES
Greg Lewis Pulls Down a Pass in Training Camp (AP/Bower)
With their 31-3 win on Saturday night over the Washington Redskins and the St. Louis Rams loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday afternoon, the Philadelphia Eagles clinched home field advantage throughout the NFC playoffs.

Former Illinois wide receiver Greg Lewis contributed 1 reception for 25 yards on Saturday night.

The Eagles have a first round bye in the playoffs, so they will be watching the playoff games to see who will be coming to Philadelphia next week.

SEASON STATISTICS
G GS No Yards Avg Lg TD 20+ 40+ FD
11 0 36 95 15.8 25 0 2 0 5

BRANDON LLOYD - SAN FRANCISCO 49ers
The Seattle Seahawks came into San Francisco on Saturday needing a win to have a chance at the playoffs, and that is what they got as they defeated the 49ers 24-17 who were playing without their star, Terell Owens.

Former Illinois wide receiver Brandon Lloyd received the first start of his career and used that to become the leading receiver for the 49ers as he hauled in three passes totalling 63 yards.

The 49ers finished this season 7-9, and did not make the playoffs.

SEASON STATISTICS
G GS No Yards Avg Lg TD 20+ 40+ FD
16 1 14 212 15.1 44 2 5 1 9
Brandon Lloyd Catches a Touchdown Pass Sunday Afternoon Over Lito Sheppard (AP/Kennedy)

NEIL RACKERS - ARIZONA CARDINALS
Former Illinois place kicker Neil Rackers was two for two on field goal attempts for the Cardinals connecting on a 22-yard and 26-yard field goal in the first half of Sunday's 18-17 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.

The Arizona Cardinals finished this season 4-12, and will also be looking for a new head coach as they have fired Dave McGinnis.

Neil also signed two-year extension with the Arizona Cardinals on Friday afternoon. ESPN.com has more information.

SEASON STATISTICS
G 1-19 20-29 30-39 40-49 50+ Tot Lg Blk Pct XP XPG Pct
7 0-0 5-5 1-4 3-3 0-0 9-12 49 0 75.0 8-8 8 100.0

FRED WAKEFIELD - ARIZONA CARDINALS
Former Illinois defensive end Fred Wakefield recorded 2 tackles and had 1 assist for the Cardinals.

SEASON STATISTICS
G Total Tckl Ast Sacks Int Yds Avg Lg TD Pass Def
10 24 21.0 3 1 0 0 0.0 0 0 1

MICHAEL YOUNG - ARIZONA CARDINALS
Former Illinois linebacker Michael Young recorded 2 tackles for the Cardinals.

SEASON STATISTICS
G Total Tckl Ast Sacks Int Yds Avg Lg TD Pass Def
6 4 4.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0

NATHAN HODEL - ARIZONA CARDINALS
Former Illinois long snapper Nate Hodel recorded 1 tackle for the Cardinals.

SEASON STATISTICS
G Total Tckl Ast Sacks Int Yds Avg Lg TD Pass Def
16 4 4.0 0 0 0 0 0.0 0 0 0

EUGENE WILSON - NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

Eugene Wilson Returns His Interception that Sealed the Patriots 21-16 Victory on Saturday Night (AP/Sperduto)
The New England Patriots won their 12th consecutive game Saturday by defeating the Buffalo Bills 31-0 avenging their loss opening day to these same Bills by the same score.

With this win the Patriots clinched home field advantage throughout the AFC Playoffs.

Former Illini cornerback and current Patriot free safety Eugene Wilson recorded 2 tackles and had one assist.

SEASON STATISTICS
G Total Tckl Ast Sacks Int Yds Avg Lg TD Pass Def
16 61 47.0 14 0 4 18 4.5 10 0 5



BRANDON MOORE - NEW YORK JETS
Brandon Moore received the first start of his career for the New York Jets on Sunday afternoon in their 23-21 loss to the Miami Dolphins.


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