Northwestern NFL Roundup: Week 13
WNUR’s Ari Ross (@aross50) recaps the Week 13 action for Northwestern Wildcats football alumni in the National Football League.
Northwestern has eight football alumni currently on NFL active rosters.
Here’s how they did this week in the NFL:
Jeremy Ebert, Wide Receiver, Jacksonville Jaguars (Northwestern Class of 2012):
Ebert was inactive for the Jaguars 32-28 win over the Cleveland Browns.
Zach Strief, Offensive Tackle, New Orleans Saints (Northwestern Class of 2006)
Started at offensive tackle and left the game with an apparent leg injury in the Saints 34-7 loss to the Seattle Seahawks.
Corey Wootton, Defensive End, Chicago Bears (Northwestern Class of 2010):
Three tackles (1 solo), .5 sacks, one tackle for a loss of five yards, two passes defended and one quarterback hit in the Bears 23-20 overtime loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
Corbin Bryant, Defensive Tackle, Buffalo Bills (Northwestern Class of 2010)
One tackle (1 solo), one sack, one tackle for a loss and one quarterback hit in the Bills 34-31 overtime loss to the Atlanta Falcons.
Barry Cofield, Nose Tackle, Washington Redskins (Northwestern Class of 2006)
Five tackles (3 solo), one tackle for a loss of one yard and one quarterback hit in the Redskins 24-17 loss to the New York Giants.
Nick Roach, Linebacker, Oakland Raiders (Northwestern Class of 2007)
11 tackles (10 solo), two sacks, one tackle for a loss, one quarterback hit and one forced fumble in the Raiders 31-24 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
Sherrick McManis, Cornerback, Chicago Bears (Northwestern Class of 2010)
Two tackles (2 solo) and one pass defended in the Bears 23-20 loss to the Vikings in overtime.
Marquice Cole, Cornerback, New England Patriots (Northwestern Class of 2007)
One pass defended in the Patriots 34-31 win over the Houston Texans.
Northwestern NFL Player of the Week:
Nick Roach. Roach had 11 tackles (10 solo), two sacks, one tackle for a loss, one quarterback hit and one forced fumble in the Raiders 31-24 loss to the Dallas Cowboys on Thanksgiving. For the season Roach has 89 tackles (65 solo), 5.5 sacks, five tackles for a loss, three forced fumbles, one interception and two passes defended. According to ESPN NFL Nation Oakland Raiders reporter Paul Gutierrez, Roach is a key cog in the improved Raiders defense. Roach replaced failed first-round draft pick Rolando McClain at middle linebacker in the Raiders defense this year leading to a defensive turnaround. Last year Oakland had the no. 18 rushing defense, where as this year, they are no. 11, allowing a little over 100 yards per game. Additionally, according to Pro Football Focus, Roach has played all 633 snaps this year.
Read more of Gutierrez’s article here.
Northwestern also has three players on NFL practice squads:
Brian Arnflet, Defensive End, Pittsburgh Steelers (Northwestern Class of 2013)
Jordan Mabin, Cornerback, Atlanta Falcons (Northwestern Class of 2012)
Al Netter, Offensive Guard, San Francisco 49ers (Northwestern Class of 2012)