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Stanford in the NFL - Week 15
Courtesy: Stanford Athletics  
Release: 12/15/2013

STANFORD, Calif. – Former Cardinal shined on both sides of the ball in what was one of the biggest weeks yet for ex-Stanford players in the NFL.

Thomas Keiser got things started on Thursday night with a fourth-quarter interception to help San Diego win at Denver. Richard Sherman one-upped Keiser with a pair of picks in Seattle’s 23-0 shutout of the New York Giants and Michael Thomas added another interception, this one to seal a Miami 24-20 victory over New England less than a week after being signed by the team.

Sherman now owns a league-high 14 interceptions since the start of last season.

On the offensive side, Griff Whalen caught his first career touchdown pass from Andrew Luck and Zach Ertz made a highlight-reel-worthy one-handed touchdown catch for Philadelphia. Doug Baldwin also added 71 yards and a touchdown for Seattle.

The league's weekly awards were dotted with Stanford players as Sherman was named NFC Defensive Player of the Week while Michael Thomas earned AFCA Defensive Player honors. 

Richard Sherman - 
Seattle Seahawks - Cornerback
• Made two tackles, had two interceptions and tipped another pass that ended up as an interception in Seattle’s 23-0 win against the New York Giants
• Highlights: Seattle's five interceptions

Michael Thomas
- @Michael31Thomas
Miami Dolphins - Safety
• Made two tackles, intercepted a pass and defended another in Miami’s 24-20 win against New England
• Highlight: Thomas intercepts Tom Brady to end game

Zach Ertz - 
Philadelphia Eagles - Tight End
• Caught six passes for 57 yards, including a three-yard touchdown, in Philadelphia’s 48-30 loss at Minnesota
• Highlight: Three-yard touchdown catch

Thomas Keiser - 
San Diego Chargers - Linebacker
• Intercepted a pass late in the fourth quarter in San Diego’s 27-20 win against Denver
Highlight: Fourth-quarter interception

Doug Baldwin - 
Seattle Seahawks - Wide Receiver
• Caught six passes for 71 yards, including a 12-yard touchdown, in Seattle’s 23-0 win against the New York Giants  
• Highlight: 12-yard touchdown catch

Griff Whalen
Indianapolis Colts - Wide Receiver
• Caught four passes for 45 yards, including a 14-yard touchdown, and returned three punts for 67 yards, including a 51-yard return, in Indianapolis’ 25-3 win against Houston
• Highlight: 14-yard touchdown catch

Andrew Luck

Indianapolis Colts - Quarterback
• Completed 19 of 32 passes for 180 yards and two touchdowns in Indianapolis’ 25-3 win against Houston
• Highlights: Indianapolis vs. Houston

Coby Fleener - 
Indianapolis Colts - Tight End
• Played in Indianapolis’ 25-3 win against Houston

Jim Dray
Arizona Cardinals - Tight End
• Caught one pass for nine yards in overtime in Arizona’s 37-34 win at Tennessee  

Stepfan Taylor - @KULABAFI
Arizona Cardinals - Running Back
• Rushed three times for six yards and made a special teams tackle in Arizona’s 37-34 overtime win at Tennessee

Chris Owusu - @Owusu81
Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Wide Receiver
• Caught three passes for 21 yards in Tampa Bay’s 33-14 loss against San Francisco

David DeCastro
Pittsburgh Steelers - Guard
• Started at right guard in Pittsburgh's 30-20 win against Cincinnati 

Erik Lorig - @eriklorig
Tampa Bay Buccaneers – Fullback
• Started at fullback in Tampa Bay’s 33-14 loss against San Francisco

Levine Toilolo - 
Atlanta Falcons - Tight End
• Played in Atlanta’s 27-26 win against Washington

Will Svitek - 
New England Patriots - Offensive Tackle
• Played in New England’s 24-20 loss at Miami  

Johnson Bademosi - @BadaBOOM_24
Cleveland Browns - Defensive Back
• Played in Cleveland’s 38-31 loss against Chicago

Sione Fua - @sionefua
Denver Broncos - Defensive Tackle
• Played in Denver’s 27-20 loss against San Diego

Alex Smith
Cincinnati Bengals - Tight End
• Played in Cincinnati's 30-20 loss at Pittsburgh

Ryan Whalen
Cincinnati Bengals - Wide Receiver
• Inactive for Cincinnati's 30-20 loss at Pittsburgh

Toby Gerhart

Minnesota Vikings - Running Back
• Inactive (hamstring injury) for Minnesota’s 48-30 win against Philadelphia

Jeremy Stewart - @J_Stew32
Oakland Raiders - Running Back
• Inactive for Oakland’s 56-31 loss against Kansas City

Jonathan Martin - @J_Martin71
Miami Dolphins - Offensive Tackle
• Listed on the reserve/non-football illness roster

Alex Debniak - @AlexDebniak42
San Francisco 49ers - Fullback
• Listed on reserve/injured roster

Delano Howell
Indianapolis Colts - Safety
• Listed on reserve/injured roster

Konrad Reuland
New York Jets - Tight End
• Listed on reserve/injured roster

Practice Squads
Chase Thomas - Atlanta Falcons - Outside Linebacker
Matthew Masifilo - Tampa Bay Buccaneers - Defensive Tackle


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