Jayhawks in the Pros #8
LAWRENCE, Kan. – After four weeks of the National Football League season, six Jayhawks remain on NFL rosters with several of them making an impact for their teams. In addition, two Jayhawks are playing well in the Canadian Football League. This week’s Jayhawks in the Pros is highlighted by Jon Cornish, who is likely on his way to another Offensive Player of the Week award in the CFL, and Chris Harris’ big week against the Raiders.
Wide receiver Dezmon Briscoe is in his third season in the NFL and first with the Washington Redskins. Briscoe played in his third game with the Redskins Sunday, a 24-22 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, but did not record any stats. Briscoe has played in three games this season, but is still looking for his first catch in a Washington uniform. He signed with the Redskins after being released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in late July. In his two NFL seasons, Briscoe has played in 19 games and tallied 41 catches for 480 yards and seven touchdowns. He was originally drafted by the Cincinnati Bengals in the sixth round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
Offensive tackle Anthony Collins is in his fifth season in the NFL with the Cincinnati Bengals. Collins was in uniform, but did not play for the third straight week in Cincinnati’s 27-10 victory over Jacksonville Sunday. Collins has not played in any of the Bengals’ games this season, missing the first one with an injury and has dressed, but not seen action, in the last three. He has played in 39 games in his NFL career and made 18 starts at offensive tackle. Collins was originally a fourth-round selection by Cincinnati in the 2008 NFL Draft.
Cornerback Chris Harris is in his second season with the Denver Broncos. Harris did a little bit of everything in Denver’s 37-6 win over the Oakland Raiders Sunday. The second-year cornerback recorded three tackles, including his first NFL sack, and a quarterback hurry in the Broncos’ dominant defensive effort. Harris has played in 19 games in his NFL career, making four starts. He has recorded 83 tackles, broken up seven passes and made one interception. Harris signed with the Broncos as an undrafted free agent following the 2011 NFL Draft.
Linebacker Steven Johnson is in his first season with the Denver Broncos after making the team as an undrafted free agent. Johnson played on special teams in Denver’s 37-6 win over the Oakland Raiders, but did not record any stats. He has played in two of Denver’s first four games this season. Johnson was signed by the Broncos as an undrafted free agent following the 2012 NFL Draft in April.
Safety Darrell Stuckey is in his third season with the San Diego Chargers. Stuckey recovered a fumble on special teams in San Diego’s 37-20 win over the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium on Sunday. He has played in all four of the Chargers’ games this season and has three tackles and a fumble recovery. In his career, Stuckey has played in 19 games and made 16 tackles. He was drafted by the Chargers in the fourth round of the 2010 NFL Draft.
Cornerback Aqib Talib is in his fifth season in the NFL and fourth as a starting corner for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Talib made three tackles and broke up a pass in Tampa Bay’s 24-22 loss to the Washington Redskins Sunday. This season, Talib has started all four games for the Bucs and made 21 tackles with seven pass breakups and an interception. In his career, the former KU All-American has made 182 tackles, recorded 53 pass breakups and 18 interceptions. He was a first-round pick by Tampa Bay in the 2008 NFL Draft.
Jayhawks in the Canadian Football League
Tailback Jon Cornish is in his sixth CFL season, all with the Calgary Stampeders. Cornish had a huge game in Calgary’s 39-15 win over the Edmonton Eskimos Friday. The veteran running back rushed for 180 yards and two touchdowns on 20 carries. Cornish is looking for his second CFL Offensive Player of the Week after earning the honor in Week 7. This season, “Kid Canada” has rushed for 1,127 yards on 182 carries with nine touchdowns on the ground. It marks the first 1,000-yard season of Cornish’s career. He has also recorded 27 receptions for 183 yards and a touchdown. In his six-year career, Cornish has rushed for 2,997 yards and 21 touchdowns to go along with 77 catches for 500 yards and five receiving touchdowns. He signed with Calgary following the end of his KU career in 2007.
Wide receiver Marcus Henry is in his second year in the CFL with the Edmonton Eskimos. Henry recorded two catches for 33 yards in the Eskimos’ 39-15 loss to Calgary Friday. In four games this season, Henry has recorded 14 catches for 180 yards. In his CFL career, Henry has recorded 47 catches for 564 yards and a touchdown. He signed with Edmonton during the 2011 NFL season after being released by the New York Jets in training camp.