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NFL Week 3: How Did All 36 Former Buckeyes Fare?

Plus, offensive and defensive Buckeyes of the Week.
Ohio State players emerge from the tunnel at Virginia Tech.

BLACKSBURG, VA - SEPTEMBER 7: The Ohio State Buckeyes prepare to take the field before the game against the Virginia Tech Hokies at Lane Stadium on September 7, 2015 in Blacksburg, Virginia. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images)

Note: This is a weekly column on OSU Buckeyes in the NFL. Check out Tim's posts for Week 1 and Week 2.

Through three weeks of the 2012 NFL season, we have seen a lot of exciting action, much of which has been brought on by former Buckeye football players. If the rest of the Ohio State faithful are anything like me, then they all look forward to each Buckeye saying "The Ohio State University" when they are introduced on Monday Night Football. 36 players who formerly donned the Scarlet and Gray have a chance to do just that this season.

Instead of thinking about the terrible refs, lets take a look at the best (and the rest) Buckeyes from week three of the NFL season.

Offensive Buckeye of the Week:

Santonio Holmes - 9 receptions, 146 yards

Holmes helped lead the New York Jets to a thrilling overtime victory over the Miami Dolphins in week three. He was really the Jets' only true offensive threat the entire day. As Mark Sanchez's most consistent target, Holmes is one of the leaders of the team and will have to continue to step up in a big way, which he has done over the past two weeks. This former Super Bowl MVP is the best former Ohio State receiver currently in the NFL.

Defensive Buckeye of the Week:

A.J. Hawk - 11 tackles (5 solo)

James Laurinaitis may have had slightly better numbers, but Hawk takes the prize for helping lead his team to a win. Of course the Packers didn't technically win (thanks refs!), but they should have. A.J. Hawk has been a great player since being drafted in the first round in 2005 and continues to improve. On a tear early on in 2012, Hawk is arguably the best former Ohio State linebacker currently playing in the NFL.

All statistics thanks to ESPN.com.

Next - NFC >>

Philadelphia Eagles:

Brian Rolle (2007-2010), Linebacker
Week 3 Stats: 2 tackles (2 solo)
Season Stats: 4 tackles (4 solo)

Rolle is struggling to get on the field after losing his starting spot to Akeem Jordan.

Kurt Coleman (2006-2009), Safety
Week 3 Stats: 9 tackles (7 solo), 1 PD
Season Stats: 21 tackles (17 solo), 2 interceptions, 3 PD

Coleman has become a leader of the Philly defense.

New York Giants:

Jim Cordle (2005-2009), Center
Week 3 Stats: 1 game played
Season Stats: 3 games played (0 starts)

Washington Redskins:

Doug Worthington (2006-2009), Defensive Tackle
Week 3 Stats: none
Season Stats: none

Worthington still hasn't played, but at least he now has a number (90).

Green Bay Packers:

Brandon Saine (2007-2010), Running Back
Week 3 Stats: none
Season Stats: none

Saine isn't a factor on offense, hence the lack of statistics, but his did actually record one assisted tackle this week on special teams.

Ryan Pickett (1998-2000), Defensive End
Week 3 Stats: 9 tackles (1 solo)
Season Stats: 15 tackles (4 solo)

A.J. Hawk (2002-2005), Linebacker
Week 3 Stats: 11 tackles (5 solo)
Season Stats: 30 tackles (17 solo)

Hawk is having a great year, averaging ten tackles per game so far.

Detroit Lions:

Rob Sims (2002-2005), Offensive Guard
Week 3 Stats: 1 game played (1 started)
Season Stats: 3 games played (3 started)

Chicago Bears:

Dane Sanzenbacher (2007-2010), Wide Receiver
Week 3 Stats: none
Season Stats: none

Sanzenbacher has yet to play this season.

Minnesota Vikings:

Michael Jenkins (2000-2003), Wide Receiver
Week 3 Stats: 1 REC, 8 YDS
Season Stats: 9 REC, 96 YDS

Antoine Winfield (1995-1998), Cornerback
Week 3 Stats: 8 tackles (4 solo), 1 PD
Season Stats: 20 tackles (14 solo), 2 PD

Carolina Panthers:

Ben Hartsock (1999-2003), Tight End
Week 3 Stats: none
Season Stats: none

Hartsock gets some playing time, but he only blocks.

Chris Gamble (2001-2003), Cornerback
Week 3 Stats: 5 tackles (2 solo)
Season Stats: 12 tackles (6 solo), 2 PD

New Orleans Saints:

Will Smith (2000-2003), Defensive End
Week 3 Stats: 6 tackles (3 solo), 1 sack
Season Stats: 17 tackles (7 solo), 1 sack

Smith was originally suspended for the "bounty-gate" scandal but has ended up having a solid start to the season for the Saints.

Malcolm Jenkins (2005-2008), Safety
Week 3 Stats: 8 tackles (7 solo), 1 PD
Season Stats: 23 tackles (18 solo), 1 PD

Arizona Cardinals:

Chris “Beanie” Wells (2006-2008), Running Back
Week 3 Stats: 8 ATT, 18 YDS
Season Stats: 29 ATT, 76 YDS, 1 REC, 24 YDS

Beanie is still struggling with injuries, currently has turf toe.

San Francisco 49ers:

Ted Ginn Jr. (2004-2006), Wide Receiver
Week 3 Stats: none
Season Stats: none

Ginn has yet to play this season but is questionable for this coming week.

Alex Boone (2005-2008), Offensive Guard
Week 3 Stats: 1 game played (1 started)
Season Stats: 3 games played (3 started)

Larry Grant (2006-2007), Linebacker
Week 3 Stats: 2 tackles (1 solo)
Season Stats: 3 tackles (2 solo)

Donte Whitner (2003-2005), Safety
Week 3 Stats: 6 tackles (4 solo), 1 forced fumble
Season Stats: 13 tackles (10 solo), 1 PD, 1 forced fumble

St. Louis Rams:

James Laurinaitis (2005-2008), Linebacker
Week 3 Stats: 11 tackles, 11 solo
Season Stats: 30 tackles (24 solo)

Laurinaitis proves week in and week out that he is one of the best linebackers in the NFL.

Jake McQuaide (2006-2010), Long Snapper
Week 3 Stats: 1 game played
Season Stats: 3 games played

Next - AFC >>

New York Jets:

Santonio Holmes (2002-2005), Wide Receiver
Week 3 Stats: 9 REC, 147 YDS
Season Stats: 16 REC, 243 YDS, 1 TD

Nick Mangold (2002-2005), Center
Week 3 Stats: 1 game played (1 started)
Season Stats: 3 games played (3 started)

New England Patriots:

Jake Ballard (2006-2009), Tight End
Week 3 Stats: none
Season Stats: none

Ballard is on the physically unable to perform (PUP) list, which means he will be out for at least the first 6 weeks of 2012.

Nate Ebner (2008-2011), Safety
Week 3 Stats: none
Season Stats: 2 tackles (2 solo)

Ebner, drafted as a special teams “warrior” is actually working his way towards a spot in the defensive rotation.

Miami Dolphins:

Brian Hartline (2005-2008), Wide Receiver
Week 3 Stats: 1 REC, 41 YDS
Season Stats: 13 REC, 202 YDS

Many people are looking for Hartline to have a breakout season.

Austin Spitler (2006-2010), Linebacker
Week 3 Stats: 1 tackle
Season Stats: 1 tackle

Cincinnati Bengals:

Nate Clements (1998-2000), Cornerback
Week 3 Stats: 9 tackles (5 solo)
Season Stats: 20 tackles (12 solo), 1 PD

Mike Nugent (2001-2004), Kicker
Week 3 Stats: 1/1 FG, 5/5 PAT
Season Stats: 5/5 FG, 10/10 PAT

Nugent is still perfect through three games.

Pittsburgh Steelers:

Mike Adams (2008-2011), Offensive Tackle
Week 3 Stats: none
Season Stats: 2 games played (0 started)

After appearing in the first two games, Adams did not play this week for Pittsburgh.

Cameron Heyward (2007-2010), Defensive End
Week 3 Stats: none
Season Stats: 4 tackles (3 solo), 1 sack

Will Allen (2000-2003), Safety
Week 3 Stats: 1 tackle
Season Stats: 1 tackle

Houston Texans:

DeVier Posey (2008-2011), Wide Receiver
Week 3 Stats: none
Season Stats: none

Posey was inactive for the third week in a row.

Jacksonville Jaguars:

Michael Brewster (2008-2011), Center
Week 3 Stats: 1 game played (1 started)
Season Stats: 2 games played (1 started)

After missing all the action in week two, Brewster snagged his first career start against the Colts!

Oakland Raiders:

Terrelle Pryor (2008-2010), Quarterback
Week 3 Stats: none
Season Stats: none

Pryor still hasn't played, not even in a wildcat package.