NFL Cougar Highlights: Week Eleven
DEVARD'S 1st NFL TD
DEVARD'S 1st NFL TD
Cougfan.com Managing Editor
Posted Nov 20, 2007


IT WAS A long time coming, but Baltimore’s Devard Darling finally scored his first touchdown after nearly four years in the big leagues. Meanwhile, Lions kicker Jason Hanson passed another legend on the NFL all-time scoring list and Hamza Abdullah is rapidly becoming a fan favorite in Denver. Find out how all of the NFL Cougs did -- and some AFL news, as well -- in our weekly recap.

Hamza Abdullah, DB, Denver, 3rd season: Continues to make the most of his new starting role, posting eight tackles (six solo, two assists) in Broncs’ Monday night win against Tennessee.

Calvin Armstrong, OT, unsigned, 3rd season: Did not play; released from Washington’s practice squad last week.

Kyle Basler, P, Cleveland, 1st season: Did not play; on non-injury reserve.

Troy Bienemann, TE, Arizona, 1st season: No catches but recorded one special teams tackle in Cards’ 35-27 win against Cincy.

Cody Boyd, TE, Washington, rookie: Did not play; assigned to practice squad.

Tyron Brackenridge, CB, Kansas City, rookie: Posted one special teams tackle in Chiefs’ 13-10 loss to Counterfeit Colts.

Mkristo Bruce, DE, Oakland, rookie: Did not play; assigned to practice squad.

Erik Coleman, S, New York Jets, 4th season: Still relegated to the uncustomary backup role, recorded one special teams tackle during Jets’ second win of the season.

Devard Darling, WR, Baltimore, 4th season: Replaced Demetrius Williams as Baltimore’s third receiver and shone in his new starring role, grabbing four passes for 107 yards (26.8 avg.) and his first career touchdown. How big was this for Devard? Consider that his four grabs equaled his career total.

James Darling, LB, free agent, 11th season: Did not play; status unknown.

Jason David, DB, New Orleans, 4th season: Posted three solo tackles, assisted on another, and defensed one pass in Saints’ 23-10 loss to Houston. Didn’t help matters with his detractors after being burned on a 73-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter.

Eric Frampton, S, Minnesota, rookie: Did not play; declared inactive due to groin injury suffered during the first quarter last week.

Steve Gleason, DB, New Orleans, 8th season: Out for season on injured reserve.


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Jason Hanson, K, Detroit, 16th season: The bad news is the Lions lost and the Spokane native had a 52-yard field goal blocked. The good news is he connected on a 42-yard FG and was good on his lone PAT, moving him past the legendary Lou “The Toe” Groza as the 10th-leading scorer in NFL history. Hanson now has 1,612 points.

Jerome Harrison, RB, Cleveland, 2nd season : Declared inactive again. I give up.

Jason Hill, WR, San Francisco, rookie: Was inked in as the 49ers third receiver, but left the game for good in the first half with a groin injury. Status for next week is unknown at this time.

Rian Lindell, K, Buffalo, 8th season : In a game eerily similar to WSU’s loss to Oregon State on Saturday, Lindell booted a 52 yard field goal and one extra point in the Bills’ 56-10 freefall against Drew Bledsoe’s old back-up. It was Lindell’s thirteenth 50+ field goal of his career.

Rien Long, DT, free agent, 5th season: One tryout, but not signed. On many expert’s list for top free agent d-linemen available for 2008 season.

Rob Meier, DE, Jacksonville, 8th season : Started for the Jags in their victory against San Diego, assisting on one tackle.

Karl Paymah, CB, Denver, 3rd season : Notched three solo stops in Mile High’s 34-20 victory against the Titans.

Raonall Smith, LB, St. Louis, 6th season : Did not play; out for the season on injured reserve.

Lamont Thompson, DB, unsigned, 6th season: Three tryouts since being released by the no-win Fins early in the season, but remains unsigned.

Marcus Trufant, DB, Seattle, 5th season : Defensed one pass and posted seven total tackles in Hawks’ victory against Chicago.

Cory Withrow, C/G, San Diego, 9th season : Started for the fourth time this season in place of injured Nick Hardwick in Chargers’ loss to J-Ville. Went head-to-head with Cougar teammate Meier.

ARENA FOOTBALL LEAGUE NEWS
Chris Jackson, the key member of Washington State’s fabled Fab-5 receiving corps in 1997, has signed a two year contract with the Philadelphia Soul of the Arena Football League.

Arguably the premier AFL grabmaster of this decade, Jackson caught a career best 145 passes for 1,915 yards and 47 touchdowns for the Georgia Force last season. His signing has been likened to the NFL Philadelphia Eagles’ signing of Terrell Owens some years back.

Jackson received a rock star welcome to Philly—literally. Team owner Jon Bon Jovi helicoptered in from his latest concert tour for the official presentation of the coveted free agent as the Souls’ newest member. Bon Jovi sees Jackson as the missing piece to a championship puzzle.

At $125,000 per season, Jackson becomes the second highest paid receiver in the AFL. Jackson was primary target of quarterback Ryan Leaf and the Cougars’ 1998 Rose Bowl squad. Following his college career at Wazzu, he signed as a free agent with the Miami Dolphins. He has also spent time in the training camps of the Seattle Seahawks, Tennessee Titans, and Green Bay Packers. He spent the 1998 season on Tampa Bay’s practice squad.

ANOTHER LEGENDARY Cougar receiver, Jerome Riley, was released by the Grand Rapids Rampage yesterday, a surprising development to AFL insiders.

Riley, a star for WSU’s 2001 Sun Bowl and 2003 Rose Bowl teams, was named to the AFL’s 2007 All-Ironman team as the Rampages’ jack-of-all-trades. He caught 78 passes for 845 yards and 12 touchdowns last season. As a linebacker, the Van Nuys native recorded four interceptions—2 for TDs—and 31.5 tackles.

It is speculated Riley was released by the club due to recent AFL rule changes to the linebacker box, whatever that means.

Riley leaves behind another old Cougar, defensive back Chris Martin, who recently signed by Grand Rapids. Martin has spent time in the CFL, AFL and AFL2 since ending his collegiate career in 2000.



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