A former Buckeye fan favorite was a hero in his team’s comeback victory, another former Alum made his pro debut, and a couple former Silver Bullets starred for their teams this weekend in the NFL.
Former Buckeye running back Rod Smith, a 6’3″ 235 pounder, was promoted from the Seattle Seahawks practice squad with starter Marshawn Lynch inactive. On his first carry, Smith gained a first down to keep the drive alive for Seattle, which ended with a touchdown. Smith may be most known for his off the field issues that led to Coach Meyer dismissing him from the team last October. During his Ohio State career, Smith carried the ball 107 times for 549 yards, and scored 8 touchdowns. He also caught 9 passes for 94 yards and 2 touchdowns.
In the same game, Mike Nugent of the Cincinnati Bengals made 3 extra points, a 31 yard field goal as time expired in regulation, and a 42 yard field goal in overtime to beat the Seahawks 27-24. Cincinnati is now 5-0 for the first time since 1988. That team made it all the way to Super Bowl XXIII.
Former Bucks on the defensive side of the ball were the standouts this week. Safety Donte Whitner of the Cleveland Browns had 9 tackles in their 33-30 overtime win against division rival Baltimore Ravens. Linebacker James Laurinaitis made 8 tackles and had an interception for the St. Louis Rams against the Green Bay Packers. But, the Rams lost 24-10 at Lambeau Field. Safety Malcolm Jenkins collected 6 tackles for the Philadelphia Eagles in their 39-17 drubbing of his former team, the New Orleans Saints.
In the Sunday night game, running back Carlos Hyde of the San Francisco 49ers and Johnathan Hankins of the New York Giants got re-acquainted. Hankins got 2 of his 3 tackles by taking down his former Buckeye teammate. But, Hyde would have the better individual day. He carried the ball 22 times for 93 yards and a touchdown. However, Hankins’ Giants got the win 30-27.
Four more former Buckeyes will take the field Monday night. Safety Will Allen, defensive end Cam Heyward, linebacker Ryan Shazier and offensive tackle Mike Adams will suit up for the Pittsburgh Steelers against the Chargers in San Diego.