Monday, October 19, 2009

Tigers in the NFL

Jeremy Maclin, #18, Philadelphia Eagles @ Oakland Raiders

First round draft pick Jeremy Maclin started in his third consecutive NFL game at wide receiver. After a catch for six yards yesterday against the Raiders, Maclin has 13 receptions for 193 yards with two touchdowns this season. He previously broke an Eagles’ record for being the first rookie to score two touchdowns in one game that were both more than 40 yards each. The Chesterfield, Missouri native holds 18 records at Mizzou including the NCAA’s career All-Purpose Yardage record with 5,609 yards.

Ziggy Hood #94, Pittsburgh Steelers vs. Cleveland Browns

The first round draft pick for the defending Super Bowl Champions continues to add power to the Steelers’ defense. The Pittsburgh Steelers are 4-2 this season after defeating the Cleveland Browns 27-14 Sunday afternoon. The win is their 12th straight over the Browns. Hood has a five-year contract with the Steelers.

Justin Gage #12, Tennessee Titans @ New Orleans Saints

      The wide receiver is working hard with the Titans to get better as a team. This season he has 15 receptions for 164 yards. In his seven years in the NFL, Gage has 168 receptions for 2,473 yards. Gage is from Jefferson City, Missouri and played both basketball and football for the Tigers.

C.J. Mosley, #69 Cleveland Browns @ Pittsburgh Steelers

C.J. Mosley added another tackle to his season yesterday against the Steelers. The defensive end has ten this season. Another former Tiger joined him this season; previous Mizzou Defensive Coordinator Matt Eberflus is now the Browns’ Linebacker Coach. From Waynesville, Missouri, Mosley had 167 tackles, 15.5 sacks, and 38 tackles for loss at Mizzou.

William Moore #25, Atlanta Falcons vs. Chicago Bears

        You can see the second round draft pick working with the Falcons’ Special Teams this season. The safety from Hayti, Missouri holds the Mizzou record for interceptions returned for touchdowns with four. Moore also has the most interceptions in one season at Mizzou with eight in 2007. He wears #25 as his NFL number in memory of his former teammate, Aaron O’Neal.