WVU Alumni NFL Update - 10/05/04

With one-quarter of the NFL regular season completed, some former Mountaineers are making headlines in the pros.

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Aaron Beasley Def. Back
Class of 1995
Aaron and the Falcons defense stood strong again this weekend. Beasley recorded one tackle in the Falcon's 27-10 win over Carolina. Atlanta's secondary gave up over 300 yards passing, but only 67 on the ground as they improved to 4-0. The stingy defense has only given up 49 points for the year. Next week, Atlanta hosts Detroit.
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Anthony Becht Tight End
Class of 1999
Anthony finally caught a pass in the Jets 17-9 win over Miami. The reception went for no gain, but again, the O-line led Curtis Martin to another 100-yard day. The Jets are now 3-0 and host a winless Buffalo team this week.
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Rich Braham Off Lineman
Class of 1993
Rich saw action in a reserve role after being held out of two games with a leg injury. Rudi Johnson rushed for 123 yards, but the Bengals fell to the Steelers 28-17. Cincinnati falls to 1-3 and will have a bye this week.
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John Browning Def. Lineman
Class of 1995
The Chiefs gave up 24 points to a Baltimore team not known for scoring, but it was good enough on Monday night for the 27-24 win. John had one tackle in the game, as the Kansas City front line held the Ravens running game in check. The 1-3 Chiefs have a bye this week.
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Marc Bulger Quarterback
Class of 1999
Marc and the Rams got back on track this week with a 24-14 win over the 49ers. Bulger was 17 of 25 for 186 yards and a touchdown. After going 15-18 for 166 yards and a score in the first half, St. Louis put it on cruise control to improve their record to 2-2. Marc is currently 3rd in the NFL in passing, trailing Donovan McNabb by 67 yards for the yardage lead. The Rams travel to Seattle for a pivotal divisional game this week against the unbeaten Seahawks.
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Avon Cobourne Running Back
Class of 2002
Avon remains on the Lions practice squad.
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Mike Compton Off. Lineman
Class of 1992
Mike saw reserve action this week for Jacksonville in their 24-17 loss to the Colts. The Jaguars only managed 97 yards on the ground in the loss. After dropping their first decision, the Jags (3-1) will travel to San Diego this weekend to take on the Chargers.
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James Davis Linebacker
Class of 2002
James and the Lions were off this week. They resume action this week at Atlanta, looking to up their 2-1 mark.
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Jason Davis Def. Lineman
Class of 2002
Jason remains on the Texans practice squad.
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Lance Frazier Cornerback
Class of 2003
Lance begins the season on the Ravens practice squad.
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Barrett Green Linebacker
Class of 1999
Barrett was very active in New York's 14-7 win at Lambeau this weekend. He recorded 6 tackles and forced an Ahman Green fumble. He also deflected a Doug Pederson pass with less than two minutes to go as Green Bay attempted to drive for the tying score. Barrett now has 20 tackles on the year. The Giants (3-1) play at Dallas this week.
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Brian King Def. Back
Class of 2003
Brian has been diagnosed with a herniated disk in his back, and is rehabilitating the injury at the Panthers' practice facility.
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Antwan Lake Def. Lineman
Class of 2001
Antwan saw reserve action but did not record any tackles in the 27-10 win over Carolina. The Falcons front line held the Panthers to a meager 67 yards on the ground in improving to 4-0. Atlanta hosts Detroit this week.
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Mike Logan Def. Back
Class of 1996
Mike was again out for the Steelers 28-17 win over the Bengals. The win pushes Pittsburgh to 3-1 and in sole possession of first place in the AFC North. They will host the rival Cleveland Browns this week.
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Corey McIntyre Running Back
Class of 2001
Corey remains on the Browns practice squad.
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Lance Nimmo Off. Lineman
Class of 2002
Lance was signed and will start the season on the Browns practice squad.
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Jerry Porter Wide Receiver
Class of 1999
Jerry caught two passes for 40 yards in the Raiders' 30-17 loss to the Texans. The loss pulls the Raiders down to 2-2 as they go to Indianapolis this week. Jerry's 14 receptions and 213 yards are both tops for Oakland thus far this year.
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Todd Sauerbrun Punter
Class of 1994
The Panthers' offense sputtered to a 27-10 loss to the Falcons this weekend, giving Sauerbrun several opportunities. In the game Todd booted five punts for an outstanding average of 52.4 yards. With the loss, Carolina falls to 1-2 and travels to Denver this week.
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Gary Stills Linebacker
Class of 1998
Gary came up with a big sack in the Chiefs' first win of the year, a 27-24 decision over the Ravens on Monday Night Football. Inside of two minutes, with the Ravens needing just three points to force overtime, Gary sacked Kyle Boller on first down for a 9-yard loss. Kansas City did give up 250 return yards to B.J. Sams on eight punt and kick returns, including a 58-yard punt return for touchdown. The Chiefs overcame the special teams mistakes with solid defense. At 1-3, the Chiefs get a bye this week.
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John Thornton Def. Lineman
Class of 1998
John recorded five tackles in a 28-17 loss to Pittsburgh. The Bengals front line gave up 165 yards and two touchdowns on the ground to the Steelers. The loss drops the Bengals to 1-3. They have a bye this week.
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David Upchurch Def. Lineman
Class of 2002
David was released from the Ravens practice squad on Wednesday 9/22.
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Mike Vanderjagt Kicker
Class of 1992
Mike hit his only field goal attempt of the game, a 46-yard attempt that put the Colts up 10-0, in a 24-17 win over the Jaguars. Vanderjagt was also 3-3 on extra points. After tweaking a hamstring, Mike relinquished kickoff duties to Hunter Smith. Mike is listed as questionable as the Colts (3-1) host the Raiders this week.
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Grant Wiley Linebacker
Class of 2003
Wiley passed his checkup with flying colors, and will return to Minnesota this weekend to continue his rehabilitation with the team.
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Quincy Wilson Running Back
Class of 2003
Quincy remains with the Falcons practice squad.
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Amos Zereoue Running Back
Class of 1998
Amos played extremely well, albeit in a 30-17 loss for the Raiders. In the contest with Houston, Zereoue rushed 14 times for 117 yards and two touchdowns, including a 55-yard scamper that tied the game at 10 early on. His second touchdown knotted the score at 17 just before the half. Oakland was unable to overcome four Kerry Collins turnovers in the second half in the loss. They fall to 2-2 and travel to Indianapolis this week. Amos was forced into extended duty after Tyrone Wheatley went down with a shoulder injury. The solid game, which included two receptions for 17 yards, made Amos Oakland's leading rusher with 182 yards on the season. His 6.3 yards per carry average may get him a boost on the Raider depth chart.
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Dan Estep is a 2000 graduate of West Virginia University and a valued member of the BlueGoldNews.com online community. He will provide updates on Mountaineers in the NFL throughout the season.


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