NFL Cougar Highlights: Week Three
Erik Coleman
Erik Coleman
Cougfan.com Managing Editor
Posted Sep 22, 2008


TWO COUGAR FAVORITES from the near past got their first professional taste of the end zone on Sunday, while two other Washington State alums from the more distant past made NFL news with some timely and historical kicks.

Here’s how all of the NFL Cougars performed in week three:

Hamza Abdullah, S, Denver, 4th season :Declared inactive for Broncos’ defeat of New Orleans.

Husain Abdullah, S, Minnesota, rookie:Posted two solo tackles in Vikings’ victory against Carolina.

Mkristo Bruce, DE, Jacksonville, 2nd season:Did not play; assigned to practice squad.

Michael Bumpus, WR, Seattle, rookie: He may have had a miscue on one punt return, but that was more than overshadowed by his first career touchdown, a 10-yard reception. In all, Bump caught two passes for 29 yards and returned 4 punts for 20 yards, as the Seahawks won big against St. Louis.

Erik Coleman, S, Atlanta, 5th season : The Spokane native had a huge defensive day in the Falcons rout of Kansas City, posting 10 solo stops, returning an interception 16 yards, and forcing a fumble.

Jed Collins, FB, Philidelphia, rookie: Did not play; assigned to practice squad.

Devard Darling, WR, Kansas City, 5th season : Caught one pass for 11 yards in KC loss.

Jason David, CB, New Orleans, 5th season: Tallied two solo tackles and recovered one fumble, returning it 17 yards, in Saints’ loss to Denver.

Eric Frampton, S, Minnesota, 2nd season : Notched two solo tackles in Vikings’ win against the Panthers.

Jason Hanson, K, Detroit, 17th season : The Spokane native was perfect on two field goal attempts—with a long of 51 yards—and one PAT in Lions’ fall to Atlanta. Hanson has now kicked 35 career field goals of 50 yards or over, tying him for third most in NFL history.

Jerome Harrison, RB, Cleveland, 3rd season : “The Ghost” scored the Browns only touchdown—on a 19-yard screen pass—in a 28-10 loss to Baltimore. He did not run the ball once (nor was he thrown to again), leaving Cleveland fans more confused than ever.

Jason Hill, WR, San Francisco, 2nd season: Recorded three special teams stops in 49ers defeat of Detroit.

Rian Lindell, K, Buffalo, 9th season : Booted a game winning 38-yard field goal as time expired to boost Buffalo’s record to 3-0. The Vancouver native was perfect on 3 extra point tries and 1 of 2 on field goal attempts.

Rob Meier, DE/DT, Jacksonville, 9th season: Posted one tackle in Jags’ defeat of the Counterfeit Colts.

Karl Paymah, CB, Denver, 4th season : Made one solo stop and assisted on another in Broncos’ win against the Saints.

Ropati Pitoitua, DT, New York Jets, rookie:Did not play; assigned to practice squad.

Marcus Trufant, DB, Seattle, 6th season : Playing with that cracked bone in his left hand, Tru notched three solo tackles in Hawks defeat of the Rams.



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