Tuesday, February 7, 2012
How Michigan players fared in the NFL
By Michael Rothstein
Michigan had four Super Bowl winners -- players Mario Manningham and David Baas along with coaches Jim Hermann and Jerald Ingram -- but many more former Wolverines were trying to reach the pinnacle of football.
In all, 29 former Michigan players finished the season on NFL rosters this season -- which is why Braylon Edwards won't appear on the list below. While not as many had the success of the four Wolverines on the Giants, here’s a rundown of how every former Michigan player fared in the league this season.
In alphabetical order (by first name) *stats are regular season only:
Adrian Arrington, WR, New Orleans Saints: Arrington played in four games this season, making two catches for 31 yards.
Alan Branch, DL, Seattle Seahawks: Branch started 15 games in his first season with the Seahawks after four seasons in Arizona. He had 34 tackles and three sacks.
Brandon Graham, DE, Philadelphia Eagles: Graham missed the first seven games of this season due to injury and played in the final three games -- making four tackles.
Carson Butler, TE, New England Patriots: Butler spent the season on New England’s practice squad and didn’t play a game this season.
Chad Henne, QB, Miami Dolphins: Henne started the first four games of the season for the Dolphins, completing 64 of 112 passes for 868 yards, four touchdowns, four interceptions and taking 11 sacks. He also ran 15 times for 112 yards and a touchdown. A shoulder injury -- and then surgery -- ended his 2011 season.
Charles Woodson, CB, Green Bay Packers: Woodson started in all 15 regular season games he played in, making 74 tackles, two sacks and intercepting seven passes. Woodson was again named to the Pro Bowl and was named an All-Pro. He tied New England’s Kyle Arrington and San Diego’s Eric Weddle for the league lead in interceptions.
David Baas, C, New York Giants: Baas started 11 games in the regular season in his first year in New York after six in San Francisco. He then started in the Giants’ four postseason games and won a Super Bowl on Sunday.
David Harris, LB, New York Jets: Harris started all 16 games at linebacker for the Jets, finishing with 86 tackles, five sacks and four interceptions.
Jake Long, OT, Miami Dolphins: Long started all 14 games he played in for the Dolphins this season. He was named to the Pro Bowl but was placed on injured reserve at the end of the season with a torn right bicep.
James Hall, DE, St. Louis Rams: Hall played in and started 15 games, making 50 tackles, six sacks and notching a safety. He also broke up two passes.
Jason Avant, WR, Philadelphia Eagles: Avant caught 52 passes for 679 yards and a touchdown as a veteran receiver for Philadelphia.
Jay Feely, K, Arizona Cardinals: Feely made 19 of 24 field goals this season, including a long of 51 yards. He made all 33 of his extra point attempts and had 71 kickoffs with 22 touchbacks.
Jeff Backus, OT, Detroit Lions: Backus started all 16 regular season games this season at left tackle for the Lions, who reached the playoffs.
Jonas Mouton, LB, San Diego Chargers: Mouton didn’t play a game in his rookie season, as he was placed on injured reserve after suffering a preseason shoulder injury.
Jonathan Goodwin, OL, San Francisco 49ers: Goodwin started all 16 regular season games and two playoff games for the 49ers, who were led by first-year head coach and former Michigan quarterback Jim Harbaugh.
Larry Foote, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Foote played in 15 games for Pittsburgh, starting five of them. He made 47 tackles, had 1.5 sacks and defended one pass.
Lamarr Woodley, LB, Pittsburgh Steelers: Woodley started the 10 games he played for Pittsburgh this season, making 39 tackles, nine sacks, defending two passes and intercepting one.
Leon Hall, CB, Cincinnati Bengals: Hall started all nine games he played in this season, making 32 tackles, defending seven passes and making two interceptions. He was placed on injured reserve in mid-November after injuring his Achilles.
Martell Webb, TE, Arizona Cardinals: Webb didn’t play in a game this season but floated between the practice squads and in the training camps of Philadelphia, Tampa Bay and the New York Jets before signing a reserve/future contract with Arizona.
Mario Manningham, WR, New York Giants: Manningham had 39 catches for 523 yards and four touchdowns in an injury-plagued regular season. When he returned in the playoffs, he caught 13 passes for 189 yards and three touchdowns. He also had the biggest catch in Sunday’s Super Bowl win -- a 38-yard grab in double coverage on the sideline on New York’s game-winning drive.
Morgan Trent, DB, Jacksonville Jaguars: A busy season for Trent. He bounced around on three teams, starting the season with the Bengals, moving to the Colts and eventually the Jaguars, where he played in five games and started two. In all, Trent played in 12 games this season, made 16 tackles, broke up four passes and intercepted two others.
Perry Dorrestein, OL, Chicago Bears: Dorrestein finished this season on the Bears practice squad.
Stephen Schilling, OT, San Diego Chargers: Schilling started the season on San Diego’s practice squad, was bumped to their regular roster and played in nine games, starting two, in his rookie year.
Steve Breaston, WR, Kansas City Chiefs: Breaston played in all 16 games in his first season in Kansas City, starting 13. He caught 61 passes for 785 yards.
Steve Hutchinson, OG, Minnesota Vikings: Hutchinson started all 14 games he played in at guard for the Vikings this season.
Stevie Brown, DB, Indianapolis Colts: Brown played in eight games in his first season in Indianapolis after spending his rookie season in Oakland. He had five tackles as a reserve before landing on injured reserve with a quad injury.
Tim Jamison, DL, Houston Texans: Jamison played every regular season game as a reserve for the Texas, making 19 tackles and two sacks. He also played in the first playoff game in Texans’ history, making two tackles.
Tom Brady, QB, New England Patriots: Brady completed 401 of 611 passes for 5,235 yards, 39 touchdowns and 12 interceptions in leading the Patriots to the AFC East title. He reached his fifth Super Bowl, where he lost to the New York Giants, 21-17, on Sunday. He set a Super Bowl record with 16 consecutive completions. He was named a Pro Bowler and was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Year.
Zoltan Mesko, P, New England Patriots: Mesko punted 57 times for an average of 46.5 yards and 24 punts landing inside the 20-yard line.