AUBURN, Ala. — Just to sprinkle in some non-Gus news for the moment, here’s a look back at how Auburn alums fared in the professional football ranks this past week…
Courtesy Taylor Bryan, Auburn media relations
Neiko Thorpe, DB, Kansas City Chiefs: Recorded his first two career tackles in his fifth career game as the Chiefs defeated Carolina, 27-21 on an emotional day following linebacker Jovon Belcher’s murder-suicide. Thorpe is in his first year in the league after signing as an undrafted free agent over the summer.
Cam Newton, QB, Carolina Panthers: Completed 15-of-27 passes for 232 yards and three touchdowns while also rushing for 78 yards, his highest total since Week Four. It was Newton’s first game with three touchdown passes this season and the third of his career. Newton has thrown for 2,933 yards with 14 touchdowns and rushed for 524 yards with six scores in his second season after being drafted with the top overall pick in 2011. Newton has 55 total touchdowns in 28 career games.
Nick Fairley, DT, Detroit Lions: Started at defensive tackle and totaled three tackles (two solo) for the Lions in a 35-33 last-second loss to Indianapolis. The 13th overall pick in 2011, Fairley has played in 22 games with six starts in two seasons with the Lions. He has 30 tackles and 4.5 sacks in his sophomore season.
Karlos Dansby, LB, Miami Dolphins: Registered a season high 10 tackles (nine solo) as Miami fell 23-16 to New England. A nine-year veteran, Dansby has more than 800 stops in his career. The Birmingham native has 93 tackles in 2012. He’s one of just four active NFL players with at least 30 sacks and 10 interceptions.
Carlos Rogers, DB, San Francisco 49ers: Season-high seven tackles in San Francisco’s 16-13 loss to the Rams. In his eighth season after being drafted No. 9 overall by Washington in 2005, Rogers has 42 tackles in 2012. He’s started all but three of the 94 games he played in since 2006 and was a 2011 Pro Bowl and All-Pro selection.
Quentin Groves, LB, Arizona Cardinals: Started at linebacker for the third-straight week and totaled six tackles in a 7-6 loss to the Jets. Groves has totaled 19 tackles in the last three games, all starts. He has 36 tackles (28 solo) and three sacks with one forced fumble this season.
Ben Tate, RB, Houston Texans: Returned after missing four games with a hamstring injury and rushed three times for 18 yards with a long carry of eight yards in Houston’s 24-10 defeat of the Titans. Tate has 196 yards rushing and two touchdowns this season for the AFC-leading Texans. For his career, the Maryland native has run for 1,138 yards and six touchdowns.
Sen’Derrick Marks, DT, Tennessee Titans: Posted his third game this season of five or more tackles with five solo stops. Marks has 28 tackles and one sack in 2012. He has played in 47 games in his four-year career with 22 starts. He has totaled 86 tackles and 2.5 sacks during his tenure.
Pat Sims, DT, Cincinnati Bengals: Playing in his fourth game of the season after returning from injury, Sims totaled three tackles in a 20-13 win over San Diego. A five-year veteran, he has played in 56 games with 23 starts.
Takeo Spikes, LB, San Diego Chargers: Seven tackles and a forced fumble against Cincinnati. The 15-year veteran has started all 12 games for the Chargers in 2012 and totaled 64 tackles (40 solo) with one forced fumble. Spikes has recorded 1,419 tackles in his 15 seasons in the NFL, the last two with San Diego.
Ronnie Brown, RB, San Diego Chargers: Four receptions for 27 yards against the Bengals. Brown’s 13 rushing yards during week 6 put him over 5,000 for his career. He has played in 103 games in his career with 49 touchdowns.
Tyronne Green, OG, San Diego Chargers: Started at guard, but left in the second quarter after aggravating a hamstring injury. He has started 11 games this season for the Chargers. Green has played in 29 games in his career and started 26 times.
King Dunlap, OT, Philadelphia Eagles: Made his eighth start overall, again this week at left tackle, in a 38-33 loss to Dallas on Sunday Night Football. He’s played in 10 games this season with eight starts after missing two games due to a hamstring injury. Dunlap has played in 48 games in four seasons with 15 starts.