WNUR’s Ari Ross (@aross50) recaps the Week 16 action for Northwestern Wildcats football alumni in the National Football League.
Northwestern has nine football alumni currently on NFL active rosters.
Here’s how they performed this week in the NFL:
Jeremy Ebert, Wide Receiver, Jacksonville Jaguars (Northwestern Class of 2012)
Backup wide receiver in the Jaguars 20-16 loss to the Tennessee Titans
Zach Strief, Offensive Tackle, New Orleans Saints (Northwestern Class of 2006)
Started at offensive tackle and drew a personal foul penalty for unnecessary roughness in the Saints 17-13 loss to the Carolina Panthers.
Brian Arnfelt, Defensive End, Pittsburgh Steelers (Northwestern Class of 2013)
Backup defensive end in the Steelers 38-31 win over the Green Bay Packers.
Corey Wootton, Defensive End, Chicago Bears (Northwestern Class of 2010)
One tackle (1 solo), one sack, one tackle for a loss and one quarterback hit in the Bears 54-11 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Corbin Bryant, Defensive Tackle, Buffalo Bills (Northwestern Class of 2010)
One tackle (1 solo) in the Bills 19-0 win over the Miami Dolphins
Barry Cofield, Nose Tackle, Washington Redskins (Northwestern Class of 2006)
One tackle in the Redskins 24-23 loss to the Dallas Cowboys
Nick Roach, Linebacker, Oakland Raiders (Northwestern Class of 2007)
Six tackles (5 solo) in the Raiders 26-13 loss to the San Diego Chargers.
Sherrick McManis, Cornerback, Chicago Bears (Northwestern Class of 2010)
Backup cornerback in the Bears 54-11 loss to the Eagles.
Marquice Cole, Cornerback, New England Patriots (Northwestern Class of 2007)
Backup cornerback in the Patriots 41-7 win over the Baltimore Ravens.
Northwestern NFL Player of the Week:
Corey Wootton. Wootton had one tackle (1 solo), one sack, one tackle for a loss and one quarterback hit in the Bears 54-11 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. For the season Wootton has 32 tackles (25 solo), 3.5 sacks, nine tackles for a loss of 20 yards, one forced fumble and five passes defended. Wootton was highly recruited out of Don Bosco Prep High School and played five seasons with the Wildcats, while triple majoring in Communications Studies, African-American Studies and Sociology. For his career at Northwestern, Wootton had 156 tackles (94 solo), 38 tackles for a loss of 162 yards, 12 passes defended, three forced fumbles, three fumble recoveries, 19.5 sacks and four interceptions.
Northwestern also has two players on NFL practice squads:
Jordan Mabin, Cornerback, Atlanta Falcons (Northwestern Class of 2012)
Al Netter, Offensive Guard, San Francisco 49ers (Northwestern Class of 2012)