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Tamme, Woodyard, Trevathan Shine in Week 12 of NFL
by Ben Tompkins,posted Nov 25 2013 12:29PM
Across the league and shining once again in the national Sunday night spotlight, former University of Kentucky football players were widely productive, but many fell short of victory in week 12 of the NFL.
While the headlines before the game between the Denver Broncos and New England Patriots were all about Peyton Manning and Tom Brady, the headlines during the game couldn’t stop giving praise to Wesley Woodyard, Danny Trevathan and Jacob Tamme, who catapulted the Broncos to an early lead. Ultimately, Brady ousted the Broncos in overtime for the win, 34-31.
On New England’s opening drive, defensive captain Wesley Woodyard punched the ball from Stevan Ridley’s arms sending it bouncing into the hands of fellow linebacker Von Miller, who would take the fumble all the way in the for the quick Denver score. Woodyard recorded 15 tackles in the loss and also assisted on pass coverage with two deflections.
Linebacker Danny Trevathan continued to bolster his storied year as a first year starter, combining for 13 tackles, forcing a fumble and recovering a fumble in Sunday’s loss. In only his second year in the league, Trevathan is leading the Broncos defense with 94 tackles, a sack and a half, three interceptions, four forced fumbles and one fumble recovery.
The third and sometimes forgotten UK product in Denver, tight end Jacob Tamme had a season-high night as the former Wildcat hauled in five receptions on five targets for 47 yards and a touchdown, his first of the year. Tamme has been buried on the depth chart all season, but when Julius Thomas was ruled out before game time, Tamme stepped up and into a familiar role that Peyton Manning knew how to utilize effectively.
Of his five receptions, three were made on crucial third downs that extended the drive and allowed the Broncos to continue marching downfield. Cameron Loope, an avid UK football fan and senior studying exercise physiology, was excited to see Tamme have a breakout performance.
“I loved Jacob Tamme when he was at UK,” Loope said. “When Dallas Clark went down in Indy, Tamme stepped up and him and Peyton Manning had some nice chemistry. Tamme hasn’t played much this year in Denver, but I thought it was awesome to watch him fill that role once again when Thomas couldn’t go. Manning likes connecting with Tamme and as he proved last night, if the ball is coming his way, he’s coming down with it.”
The Buffalo Bills and wide receiver Steve Johnson rested on their bye week. Johnson, who sat out of the Bills’ last game with the Jets due to a nagging groin injury, said that he’d “definitely” be ready to play after having the extra week of rest and recovery. Johnson is the sole leader of receptions, yards and touchdowns amongst other Bills receivers with 41 catches for 471 yards and three touchdowns.
Around the rest of the league, Corey Peters made two tackles in the Atlanta Falcons loss to the New Orleans Saints, 17-13. In Arizona, Alfonso Smith made a tackle on special teams and also recorded a six-yard reception as the Cardinals drummed the Indianapolis Colts, 40-11.
In a unique ending that is ordinarily unseen in professional football, Tim Masthay and the Green Bay Packers’ game with the Minnesota Vikings ended in a tie, 26-26. And wrapping up UK in the NFL play, fellow NFC North members the Detroit Lions and rookie guard Larry Warford dropped a close one the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 24-21.
Ben Tompkins is an intern and contributing writer for WLXG ESPN Sports Radio 1300. Follow him on Twitter @bennytomp18 and like his page on Facebook, Benny & The Jets.