MU Pros Have Good Weekend

After only two practices and a 19-day holdout, the Jacksonville Jaguars were not expecting much from rookie quarterback Byron Leftwich. Herd fans knew better, just like they did about Chad Pennington. Bryon won the game with a beautiful fade pattern to Donald Hayes with 1:02 to play to give the Jaguars a 27-23 win over the Miami Dolphins.

Leftwich threw 10 times, completing seven for 84 yards, no interceptions and the winning touchdown. Looking very much like the quarterback who frustrated UCF, Toledo and Louisville in the GMAC Bowl in December of 2002, Leftwich was typically humble.

"Just because I wasn't here doesn't mean I wasn't studying," said Leftwich, "I did everything I had to do to prepare myself for this situation." Leftwich was not the only former Herd player to have a good weekend.
Arizona-Jason Starkey did not start, but played extensively in a 16-10 win over San Diego. Receiver Nate Poole played, but did not have a reception.
Buffalo-Orlandis Gary led the Bills in rushing with 10/33 and two touchdowns in a 37-24 loss to Tennessee. Jason Witszak had two extra-points in trying to win the kicking job.
Carolina-Jermaine Wiggins started at tight end and had one catch for six yards in a 20-10 win over the Giants. Giradie Mercer has been released by the Panthers.
Cincinnati-Rogers Beckett was second on the team in tackles with two from his safety position as the Bengals beat Detroit 23-10.
Cleveland-Chris Crocker, moved to safety by Coach Butch Davis, had a fumble recovery and dropped an interception in the Browns' 38-31 loss to Green Bay. Crocker told MU SID Ricky Hazel, "I had just gone sideline-to-sideline on the previous play and was gassed. I tried to get a sub, but the play got started to fast. As I came up to hit the receiver, the ball slipped by him and hit me in the chest, I just could not react fast enough."
Denver-Defensive Coordinator Larry Coker had to be happy with his units performance in a 15-10 win by the Broncos at Chicago.
Indianapolis-Steve Sciullo was the starting guard for the Colts in a 21-7 win over Seattle. He told MU SID Ricky Hazel after the game, "I'm headed to a party at the home of (Indianapolis quarterback Peyton) Manning."
Minnesota-Four former Herd players saw action in the Vikings' 26-16 loss at Kansas City. Running back Doug Chapman, told by head coach Mike Tice to expect to be the starter on week one, led the team with 6/34, an average of 5.6 ypc. Randy Moss caught two for 14 yards in limited action. On the defensive side, Billy Lyon had a tackle and one sack and Max Yates had one tackle.
New England-Receiver Troy Brown had two catches for 13 yards in the Patriots 20-13 win over Washington.
New York Jets-Pennington was not to be outdone by his fellow Herd QB. Pennington threw for 14 of 20, no interceptions, one touchdown and 141 yards in 22-17 loss to New Orleans.
Philadelphia-Long snapper Mike Bartrum played throughout the game in the Eagles 21-16 win over in-state rival Pittaburgh.
St. Louis-Chris Massey appeared as both long snapper and a blocking fullback in the Rams Monday Night Football win over Tampa Bay, 26-16.
Seattle-James Williams appeared at wide receiver but had no catches.
Tampa Bay-John Wade started at center for the Super Bowl Champions in the 26-16 loss to St. Louis.

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