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NFL Week 10: How Did All 37 Former Buckeyes Fare?

Nate Clements helped seal Cincinnati's victory.

Looking over the former Ohio State players that are currently in the NFL, one thing pops out -- there is only one former Buckeye quarterback on an NFL roster (Terrelle Pryor, Oakland). Other than quarterback, kicker, and punter, there are multiple former Buckeyes at each position in the NFL. This brings up one question:

Why?

First off, Ohio State has never turned out a really good NFL signal caller. Players like Art Schlichter, Tom Tupa, Bobby Hoying, and Joe Germaine simply weren't good enough to make it as pro quarterbacks (although in Schlichter's case, gambling may have had a bit to do with the problem). Players like Mike Tomczak and Kent Graham were serviceable backups but nothing special. This indicates Ohio State's play style more than its inability to produce top quarterbacks. The Buckeyes have always been a run first, run second, run third, throw fourth kind of program (for the most part). Top running backs have been at a premium; top quarterbacks haven't even been needed.

While there is only one quarterback from Ohio State in the NFL now, there are many other Buckeyes playing in the NFL; here is your weekly update on each of them...

Offensive Buckeye of the Week -

Brian Hartline - 8 REC, 79 YDS

Should I just call this the Brian Hartline Award? All season long, Hartline has by far been the most productive offensive Buckeye in the NFL. While there are some stud lineman who used to don the Scarlet and Gray (Nick Mangold), Hartline has really stood above the rest. Due to injuries, he is actually one of only a few former Buckeyes who regularly plays as a skill-position player on offense. Currently ranked 10th in the NFL in receiving yards, Hartline proved again this week that he is a consistent threat. Unfortunately his production didn't produce a win this time, and the Dolphins lost to the Titans, 37-3.

Defensive Buckeye of the Week -

Nate Clements - 3 tackles (2 solo), 1 interception, 1 PD

Nate Clements, a 32-year-old cornerback, did everything he could to help his team win this weekend. It turns out that everything he could was more than enough. Clements, while largely playing safety instead of corner, recorded one of two Bengal interceptions of Eli Manning in an amazing defensive effort. The Bengals, partially thanks to Clements, pulled a shocking upset in their 31-13 victory.

Next - NFC >>

NFC:

Philadelphia Eagles:

Kurt Coleman (2006-2009), Safety
Week 10 Stats: 8 tackles (6 solo)
Season Stats: 61 (49 solo), 1 FF, 2 interceptions, 4 PD

Coleman is arguably the Eagles' best defensive back so far in 2012.

New York Giants:

Jim Cordle (2005-2009), Center
Week 10 Stats: 1 gamed played
Season Stats: 10 games played (0 started)

Cordle is listed as the second string center, according to ESPN.

Washington Redskins:

Doug Worthington (2006-2009), Defensive Tackle
Week 10 Stats: none
Season Stats: 2 tackles (2 solo)

Worthington is listed as second string but hasn't gotten any playing time lately.

Green Bay Packers:

Brandon Saine (2007-2010), Running Back
Week 10 Stats: bye week
Season Stats: none

Saine is out for the season.

Ryan Pickett (1998-2000), Defensive End
Week 10 Stats: bye week
Season Stats: 29 tackles (12 solo)

A.J. Hawk (2002-2005), Linebacker
Week 10 Stats: bye week
Season Stats: 66 tackles (39 solo), 1 sack

Detroit Lions:

Brian Robiskie (2005-2008), Wide Receiver
Week 10 Stats: none
Season Stats: none

Robiskie made his Lions debut last week but was inactive in week 10.

Rob Sims (2002-2005), Offensive Guard
Week 10 Stats: 1 game played (1 started)
Season Stats: 9 games played (9 started)

Sims continues to be a rock on the Lions' offensive line.

Chicago Bears:

Dane Sanzenbacher (2007-2010), Wide Receiver
Week 10 Stats: none
Season Stats: 1 REC, 7 YDS

Sanzenbacher has only played in three games this season after appearing in all 16 contests as a rookie.

Minnesota Vikings:

Michael Jenkins (2000-2003), Wide Receiver
Week 10 Stats: 2 REC, 12 YDS
Season Stats: 28 REC, 307 YDS, 1 TD

Jenkins has really struggled the last two weeks, totaling four catches for 20 yards.

Antoine Winfield (1995-1998), Cornerback
Week 10 Stats: 9 tackles (7 solo),
Season Stats: 74 tackles (50 solo), 1 sack, 2 interceptions, 7 PD

Yet another big game from the 35-year-old corner.

Carolina Panthers:

Ben Hartsock (1999-2003), Tight End
Week 10 Stats: none
Season Stats: 1 REC, 25 YDS

Hartsock has one catch on only two targets this season, making him more of a blocking tight end.

Chris Gamble (2001-2003), Cornerback

Week 10 Stats: none
Season Stats: 15 tackles (8 solo), 2 PD

Gamble is out for the season.

New Orleans Saints:

Will Smith (2000-2003), Defensive End
Week 10 Stats: 5 tackles (4 solo)
Season Stats: 36 tackles (20 solo), 4 sacks, 1 FR, 1 PD

Malcolm Jenkins (2005-2008), Safety
Week 10 Stats: 10 tackles (5 solo) , 3 PD
Season Stats: 78 tackles (53 solo), 5 PD

Jenkins has been filling up the stat sheet the past couple weeks.

Arizona Cardinals:

Chris “Beanie” Wells (2006-2008), Running Back
Week 10 Stats: bye week
Season Stats: 29 ATT, 76 YDS, 1 REC, 24 YDS

Beanie is off of IR and practicing again. He is eligible to return to the field come week 12.

San Francisco 49ers:

Note: Just wanted to remind everyone that the Rams and 49ers TIED this week, 24-24.

Ted Ginn Jr. (2004-2006), Wide Receiver
Week 10 Stats: 2 punt returns, 23 YDS, 5 kick returns, 118 YDS, 1 fumble
Season Stats: 1 REC, 0 YDS, 1 ATT, 7 YDS, 19 punt returns, 233 YDS, 8 kick returns, 190 YDS, 2 fumbles

Big day returning kicks for Teddy Ginn. He's still not part of the offense, though.

Alex Boone (2005-2008), Offensive Guard
Week 10 Stats: 1 game played (1 started)
Season Stats: 9 games played (9 started)

Larry Grant (2006-2007), Linebacker
Week 10 Stats: none
Season Stats: 4 tackles (4 solo), 1 blocked punt

Donte Whitner (2003-2005), Safety
Week 10 Stats: 5 tackles (5 solo)
Season Stats: 42 tackles (32 solo), 1 FF, 1 PD

St. Louis Rams:

James Laurinaitis (2005-2008), Linebacker
Week 10 Stats: 7 tackles (6 solo)
Season Stats: 81 tackles (68 solo), 0.5 sacks

It's funny that seven tackles is an off day for Laurinaitis; he's been a monster all season long.

Jake McQuaide (2006-2010), Long Snapper
Week 10 Stats: 1 game played
Season Stats: 9 games played

McQuaide was the snapper for both of the Rams' fake kicks this week.

Next - AFC >>

AFC:

New York Jets:

Santonio Holmes (2002-2005), Wide Receiver
Week 10 Stats: none
Season Stats: 20 REC, 272 YDS, 1 TD, 1 fumble

Holmes is out for the season with a foot injury.

Nick Mangold (2002-2005), Center
Week 10 Stats: 1 game played (1 started)
Season Stats: 9 games played (9 started)

Mangold is one of the few top-of-the-line NFL players on the Jets' roster right now (no, Tim Tebow is not one of the others).

New England Patriots:

Jake Ballard (2006-2009), Tight End
Week 10 Stats: none
Season Stats: none

Ballard is likely out for the season; he tore his ACL with the Giants in the 2011 Super Bowl.

Nate Ebner (2008-2011), Safety
Week 10 Stats: 1 tackle (0 solo)
Season Stats: 8 tackles (7 solo)

ESPN.com lists Ebner as second string at strong safety, ahead of former starter Patrick Chung.

Miami Dolphins:

Brian Hartline (2005-2008), Wide Receiver
Week 10 Stats: 8 REC, 79 YDS
Season Stats: 49 REC, 741 YDS, 1 TD

Hartline jumped back into the top-10 for receiving yards in the NFL this season.

Anderson Russel (2005-2009), Safety
Week 10 Stats: none
Season Stats: none

Russel, who was recently promoted from the Dolphins' practice squad, was inactive in week 10.

Austin Spitler (2006-2010), Linebacker
Week 10 Stats: none
Season Stats: 5 tackles (3 solo)

Cincinnati Bengals:

Nate Clements (1998-2000), Cornerback
Week 10 Stats: 3 tackles (2 solo), 1 interception, 1 PD
Season Stats: 42 tackles (24 solo), 1 interception, 1 FF, 4 PD

Clements might be listed as a starting corner, but he is playing safety a lot right now.

Mike Nugent (2001-2004), Kicker
Week 10 Stats: 1/1 FG, 4/5 PAT
Season Stats: 15/17 FG, 25/25 PAT

Pittsburgh Steelers:

Mike Adams (2008-2011), Offensive Tackle
Week 10 Stats: 1 game played (1 started)
Season Stats: 8 games played (4 started)

Adams has found his place in the lineup, but his play has been pretty inconsistent.

Cameron Heyward (2007-2010), Defensive End
Week 10 Stats: none
Season Stats: 9 tackles (6 solo), 1 sack

Will Allen (2000-2003), Safety
Week 10 Stats: 3 tackles (3 solo)
Season Stats: 26 tackles (16 solo), 1 FF, 3 PD

Houston Texans:

DeVier Posey (2008-2011), Wide Receiver
Week 10 Stats: none
Season Stats: 1 ATT, -3 YDS, 1 special teams touchdown

Posey drew an important penalty on special teams, where he has found his spot thus far this season.

Jacksonville Jaguars:

Michael Brewster (2008-2011), Center
Week 10 Stats: 1 game played (1 started)
Season Stats: 9 games played (4 started)

Like Mike Adams, Brewster seems to have found his spot in the starting lineup.

Oakland Raiders:

Terrelle Pryor (2008-2010), Quarterback
Week 10 Stats: none
Season Stats: none