Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Marshall in the NFL: 2013 Regular Season Review

Regular season review of Marshall alumni in the National Football League.

1. Ahmad Bradshaw, Running Back, Indianapolis Colts

The Indianapolis Colts placed Ahmad Bradshaw on injured reserve October 8th after he suffered a neck injury that required season ending surgery. In 2013 Bradshaw played in three games, rushing for 186 yards on 41 attempts with two touchdowns. He also caught seven passes for 42 yards.

2. Omar Brown, Safety, Baltimore Ravens

Signed to the Baltimore Ravens practice squad prior to the season, Omar Brown was promoted to the 53-man roster before week nine. He was active for Baltimore's week nine loss to the Cleveland Browns, but was inactive for the seasons last seven games and did not record any stats. 

3. Chris Crocker, Safety, Cincinnati Bengals

A free agent when the season began, the Cincinnati Bengals singed Chris Crocker before their week four game against Cleveland. In twelve games with Cincinnati, Crocker tallied 36 tackles and two interceptions. The Bengals season continues on Sunday in a Wild Card playoff game against the San Diego Chargers.

4Vinny Curry, Defensive End, Philadelphia Eagles

Inactive for all but six games in his rookie season, Vinny Curry showed improvement during 2013. Playing in 14 of the Philadelphia Eagles 16 games this year, Curry registered 22 tackles and four sacks. Philadelphia host the New Orleans Saints in a Wild Card playoff game on Saturday. 

5. Aaron Dobson, Wide Receiver, New England Patriots

Aaron Dobson ranked seventh among his fellow rookie wide receivers with 519 receiving yards this year. He also caught four touchdown passes despite missing four games. Dobson's New England Patriots won the AFC East division and received a first round bye in the playoffs.

6. Mario Harvey, Linebacker, Indianapolis Colts

The Colts placed Mario Harvey on injured reserve on December 3rd after the reserve linebacker suffered a torn meniscus. For the year, Harvey recorded 15 tackles, mostly on special teams, in 13 games.

7. Albert McClellan, Linebacker, Baltimore Ravens

A special teams standout for Baltimore, Albert McClellan tallied 12 tackles during the 2013 season.

8. Doug Legursky, Guard/Center, Buffalo Bills

Doug Legursky missed the seasons first four games with a knee injury, but he recovered to become the Buffalo Bills starting left guard. With Legursky's help, Buffalo's ground attack ranked second in the NFL as they averaged 144 rushing yards per game.  

9. Lee Smith, Tight End, Buffalo Bills

Primarily a blocker, Buffalo's Lee Smith ranked first among NFL tight ends in pass blocking efficiency in 2013. He also caught a personal single season high five passes for 78 yards.

10. C.J. Spillman, Safety, San Francisco 49ers

One of the San Francisco 49ers special teams captains, C.J. Spillman recorded 25 tackles this season. For the second straight year he was named a Pro Bowl alternate at the special teamer position. The 49ers travel to Green Bay for a Wild Card playoff game on Sunday. 

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