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Cal in the NFL - Week 10
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Release:  11/12/2012

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Nov. 12, 2012

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BERKELEY - Atlanta Falcons' tight end Tony Gonzalez highlighted the performances of former Golden Bears in the NFL on Sunday when he moved into sixth place on the NFL's all-time list for receiving touchdowns by catching the 100th and 101st scores of his long professional football career. Gonzalez moved past legendary receivers Tim Brown and Steve Largent while becoming the first tight end to ever reach triple digits.

Several others among the 32 former Cal players (second among Pac-12 teams) currently on active NFL rosters have also participated in Week 10 of the league's 2012 season. Among the Golden Bears making the biggest impact are reigning AP NFL MVP Aaron Rodgers and Marshawn Lynch, the second-rated passer and second-leading rusher in the NFL.

Here's the latest look at all of the former Cal players currently in the NFL.

• Lorenzo Alexander, LB, Washington Redskins (3-6) - Has played in all nine games off the bench, contributing 20 tackles, 1.5 sacks and a fumble recovery ... posted a season-high-tying five tackles, all 1.5 of his sacks and a fumble recovery in a Week 6 win over Minnesota, and then equaled the five tackles in a Week 7 loss at the New York Giants

• Tyson Alualu, DT, Jacksonville Jaguars (1-8) - Has started each of the first nine games and contributed 27 tackles, 2.0 sacks and one pass breakup ... posted a season-high six-stop contest in a Week 2 loss to Houston; had five tackles, 1.0 sacks and one pass breakup in a Week 10 loss to Indianapolis; and four tackles and 1.0 sack in a Week 1 loss at Minnesota

• Bryan Anger, P, Jacksonville Jaguars (1-8) - Eighth in the NFL with a 48.4 yards per punt average, totaling 2,611 yards on 54 punts to rank second and third in the league, respectively, while also posting a 42.3 yard net punting average that is fifth and forcing opponents into 13 fair catches to rank sixth ... has also pinned opponents inside their own 20-yardline 13 times and also forced 13 fair catches ... tied for the longest punt in the NFL in 2012 when he booted one 73 yards in a Week 9 loss vs. Detroit ... has at least one punt of 55 yards in all nine of his contests and at least one of 60 on five occasions ... has averaged over 50.0 yards per punt four times and over 40.0 in each of his nine games ... punted a career-high-tying nine times in a Week 2 loss to Houston and a Week 7 overtime loss at Oakland

• Nnamdi Asomugha, CB, Philadelphia Eagles (3-6) - Has 26 tackles, an interception and 10 passes defended in nine games played (all starts), with his lone interception and a season-high-tying three passes defended in a Week 6 overtime loss to Detroit, a season-high eight tackles in a Week 5 loss at Pittsburgh and a season-high-tying three passes defended in a Week 1 win at Cleveland

• Jahvid Best, RB, Detroit Lions (4-5) - Has not played in first nine games ... currently on the physically unable to participate (PUP) list

• Desmond Bishop, LB, Green Bay Packers (6-3) - Has not played in first nine games and is on the injured reserve list

• D.J. Campbell, S, Carolina Panthers (2-7) - Has not played in first nine games

• Andre Carter, DE, Oakland Raiders (3-6) - Has played in each of the last five games, contributing seven tackles, 1.0 sack and one forced fumble ... had a season-high four tackles in his most recent outing in a Week 10 loss at Baltimore ... had two tackles along with his sack and first forced fumble of the season coming in a Week 9 loss vs. Tampa Bay ... also had a tackle both in a Week 6 loss at Atlanta and a Week 7 overtime win against Jacksonville ... signed with Oakland prior to a Week 4 loss at Denver but did not play in his first contest on the Raiders' roster ... has returned in 2012 from an injury that ended his strong 2011 season with New England after 14 games (52 tackles, 10.0 sacks, one pass defended, two forced fumbles) ... has career totals of 501 tackles, 77.0 sacks and 18 forced fumbles over 168 games in his 12th NFL season during a career that has seen him in San Francisco (2001-05), Washington (2006-10), New England (2011) and Oakland (2012)

• Chris Conte, S, Chicago Bears (7-2) - Has 44 tackles, one interception that he returned 35 yards and six passes defended while starting each of the team's first nine games ... posted his interception and first two passes defended against Indianapolis and former Stanford quarterback Andrew Luck in the season opener ... had a career-high 11 tackles in a Week 4 Monday Night Football victory at Dallas, contributed eight stops in a Week 8 win vs. Carolina after six in a Week 7 victory vs. Detroit ... had a season-high three passes defended in a Week 9 win at Tennessee

• Brian De La Puente, OG, New Orleans Saints (4-5) - Has started all nine games

• Thomas DeCoud, S, Atlanta Falcons (8-1) - Tied for third in the NFL with four interceptions that he has returned 37 yards ... has started all nine games for a team that has an 8-1 record that is tied for the best in the NFL, also contributing 45 tackles, 1.0 sack and six passes defended ... posted a season-high, team-high and game-high-tying nine tackles as well as his first sack of the season in a Week 8 win at Philadelphia ... had a game-clinching interception late in the fourth quarter of a Week 5 win at Washington and returned it 24 yards ... had a huge performance in a Week 3 win at San Diego, with two interceptions and a fumble recovery ... returned his other interception 15 yards in a Week 2 win vs. Denver ... posted seven tackles in a Week 1 win at Kansas City and six in a Week 10 loss at New Orleans

• Justin Forsett, RB, Houston Texans (8-1) - Has played in all nine games off the bench for a team that has an 8-1 record that is tied for the best in the NFL ... has rushed 33 times for 154 yards, including a season-high and team-high 47 yards on seven carries in a Week 6 loss vs. Green Bay, 32 yards on six carries in a Week 7 win vs. Baltimore and 27 on four carries in a Week 10 victory at Chicago that included a season-long 25-yard rush

• Scott Fujita, LB, Cleveland Browns (2-7) - Has played in four games with three starts, contributing 14 tackles and 1.0 sack, including a season-high six stops and his lone sack of the season in a Week 4 loss at Baltimore

• Matt Giordano, S, Oakland Raiders (3-6) - Has started each of the last seven games and played in all nine, making 28 tackles and recording one interception that he returned 21 yards in a Week 8 win at Kansas City ... posted a season-high eight stops in a Week 4 loss at Denver

• Tony Gonzalez, TE, Atlanta Falcons (8-1) - Scored the 100th and 101st receiving touchdowns of his career to move into sixth place on the NFL's all-time list for touchdown receptions and become the first tight end to crack three digits in scoring catches in a Week 10 loss at New Orleans, moving past a pair of legendary NFL wide receivers in Steve Largent and Tim Brown who are now tied for 7th with 100 each ... finished with 11 catches for 122 yards against the Saints in what was the first blemish of the season on Atlanta's 2012 record ... has started all nine games for a team that has an 8-1 record that is tied for the best in the NFL ... sixth in the league with 61 receptions for 617 yards and six touchdown catches (tied for 10th in NFL) ... had a 13-yard reception to set up Matt Bryant's game-winning 55-yard field goal with 0:01 remaining in a 23-20 Week 6 win over Oakland ... had season highs of 13 receptions and 123 yards receiving with a touchdown catch for the fourth time in the first five games of the season in a Week 5 win at Washington ... had nine catches and 91 receiving yards with a touchdown reception for the third consecutive game during a Week 3 win at San Diego ... had five or more catches in each of his first five games, adding seven catches for 70 yards and a touchdown in a Week 2 win vs. Denver, five catches for 53 yards and a touchdown in a Week 1 win at Kansas City, and five catches for 51 yards in a Week 4 victory vs. Carolina ... ranks among the NFL's all-time leaders in receptions (1210, 2nd), touchdown catches (101, 6th) and receiving yards (13955, 8th) in 247 games (229 starts), having only missed two contests in his 16th NFL campaign and two starts over the last 15 seasons after coming off the bench in every game as a rookie with Kansas City in 1997

• Nick Harris, Detroit Lions (4-5) - Signed with Detroit following the third game and has combined to punt 32 times for 1,321 yards and a 41.3 yard average over the last six contests, including a season-best 49.5 yards per punt in a Week 9 win over Jacksonville ... has pinned opponents inside their eight yard line on nine occasions, including a season-high four times in his first game of the campaign in a Week 4 loss vs. Minnesota ... had his longest punt of the season with a 58-yarder in a Week 7 loss at Chicago ... in his 12th NFL season, including a previous eight-season stint with the Lions (2003-10) as well as two-plus campaigns with Cincinnati (2001-03) to begin his career and one with Jacksonville (2011)

• Lavelle Hawkins, WR, Tennessee Titans (4-6) - Has four catches for 20 yards, playing in four of the first 10 games off the bench

• DeSean Jackson, WR, Philadelphia Eagles (3-6) - Has 42 catches for 686 receiving yards and two touchdowns receptions, with an average of 16.3 yards per catch in nine games (all starts), including season bests of seven receptions and 114 yards receiving in a Week 2 win vs. Baltimore and his second 100-yard receiving game in a Week 9 loss at New Orleans when he had an even 100 yards on three catches, including a season-long 77-yard touchdown reception that was his NFL-leading third touchdown reception of 75 yards or more since 2008 ... added six catches for 99 yards and a touchdown on a 19-yard reception in a Week 4 win vs. the New York Giants; five grabs for 74 yards in a Week 6 loss to Detroit; five for 62 in a Week 10 loss to Dallas; five for 59 in a Week loss to Atlanta; four for 77 in a Week 1 win at Cleveland; four for 58 in a Week 5 loss at Pittsburgh; and three for 43 in a Week 3 loss at Arizona ... will play next in a Week 9 Monday Night Football tilt at New Orleans

• Marvin Jones, WR, Cincinnati Bengals (4-5) - Has played in five of nine games off the bench, making three catches for 26 yards ... had career bests of two catches and 21 receiving yards, and a career-long 16-yard catch in a Week 6 loss at Cleveland ... made his first NFL catch for five yards in a Week 4 win at Jacksonville

• Cameron Jordan, DE, New Orleans Saints (4-5) - Has started all nine games and contributed 38 tackles, 6.0 sacks, two forced fumbles and one pass defended ... had a huge game in a Week 9 win over Philadelphia, with a career-high 3.0 sacks among his six tackles while adding his second forced fumble of the season ... had a career and game-high 11 stops in a Week 1 loss to Washington ... notched 1.0 sack each in a Week 7 win at Tampa Bay, a Week 5 victory vs. San Diego, and a Week 2 loss at Carolina, adding a forced fumble against the Buccaneers

• Mychal Kendricks, LB, Philadelphia Eagles (3-6) - Has played in all nine games with eight starts and compiled 41 tackles, 1.0 sack and four passes defended, with a career-best seven tackles and first career sack in his most recent outing in a Week 10 loss to Dallas ... also had six tackles in a Week 3 loss at Arizona and a career-high two passes defended in a Week 2 win against Baltimore

• L.P. Ladouceur, LS, Dallas Cowboys (4-5) - Has played in all nine games off the bench but has not recorded any stats ... has not missed a game since 2005, playing in all 105 regular-season contests during the last seven campaigns

• Marshawn Lynch, RB, Seattle Seahawks (6-4) - Second in the NFL in rushing yards (1005) after going over the 1,000-yard mark for the second consecutive season and fourth time in his career in his most recent game in a Week 10 win over the New York Jets, rushing a season-high 27 times for a season-high-tying 124 yards to equal his rushing yardage on 26 carries in a Week 9 win against Minnesota, with a rushing TD in each game ... also second in the NFL with 212 carries, while adding five rushing touchdowns in 10 games (nine starts) to tie for eighth in the league ... has six 100-yard rushing games, adding 122 yards on 26 carries in a Week 2 win over Dallas; 118 yards on 20 rushes in a Week 4 loss at St. Louis;105 yards on 12 carries including a career long 77-yard touchdown run in a Week 8 loss at Detroit; and 103 yards on 19 carries in a Week 7 loss at San Francisco ... also had 25 rushes for 98 yards in a Week 3 win vs. Green Bay and 21 attempts for 85 rushing yards twice, both in a Week 1 loss at Arizona and a Week 5 victory at Carolina ... has at least 85 rushing yards in nine of his 10 games, with the only exception a season-low 41 yards in a Week 6 win against New England ... has added 14 catches for 137 yards, with at least one catch in every game other than a Week 2 win against Dallas, season bests of four receptions and 37 receiving yards in a Week 4 victory at St. Louis and a season-long catch of 26 yards in a Week 10 win over the New York Jets

• Alex Mack, C, Cleveland Browns (2-7) - Started his 57th consecutive regular-season NFL game (all 57 games possible since beginning his NFL career in 2009) and ninth contest of the season in a Week 9 loss vs. Baltimore

• Brandon Mebane, DT, Seattle Seahawks (6-4) - Has 41 tackles, 3.0 sacks and three passes defended in 10 games (all starts), with a season-high seven of the tackles coming in a Week 6 win vs. New England, 2.0 sacks in a Week 3 victory over Green Bay and two of his passes defended in a season-opening Week 1 loss at Arizona ... had a sack among his six tackles in a Week 8 loss at Detroit

• Cameron Morrah, TE, Seattle Seahawks (6-4) - Has not played in the team's first 10 games and is on the injured reserve list

• Aaron Rodgers, QB, Green Bay Packers (6-3) - The NFL's co-leader in touchdown passes (25) and second-rated quarterback (107.4) who has thrown only five interceptions ... also among NFL leaders in completion percentage (219-327, 67.0%, 6th), completions (219, 9th) and passing yardage (2383, 10th) ... threw four touchdown passes in a 31-17 Week 9 victory over Arizona (14-30-218-4 TD-1 INT) for his third game of four more touchdown tosses in 2012, while adding a season-high eight rushes for 33 yards ... was 22-of-35 for 186 yards with two touchdowns in a Week 8 win vs. Jacksonville to move into second place on Green Bay's all-time list for touchdown passes ... posted a season-high 342 passing yards and a season-best 81.1 completion percentage (30-37), with three touchdown passes and no interceptions for a 132.2 quarterback rating in a Week 7 win at St. Louis ... had a career-high and Green Bay franchise-record-tying six touchdown passes with no interceptions for a season-high 133.8 quarterback rating in a Week 6 win at Houston in which he was 24-of-37 for 338 yards ... had three TD throws in a Week 5 loss at Indianapolis in which he completed 20-of-32 passes for 235 yards and also ran for a season-high 57 yards on five carries ... posted four TD passes in a Week 4 win vs. New Orleans in which he completed a season-high 31-of-41 passes for 319 yards ... completed 26-of-39 passes for 223 yards in a Week 3 loss at Seattle ... completed 22-of-32 passes for 219 yards with a touchdown in a Week 2 win over Chicago ... was 30-of-44 for 303 yards, with two TD passes in a Week 1 loss to San Francisco ... has added 35 rushes for 162 yards ... has started all nine games in 2012

• Mitchell Schwartz, OL, Cleveland Browns (2-7) - Has started each of the first nine games of his NFL career in 2012

• Craig Stevens, TE, Tennessee Titans (4-6) - Has 18 receptions for 221 yards and a touchdown, with at least one catch in each of the first 10 games (starts in each of the first nine) ... had his first touchdown catch of the season and fourth of his career in a Week 4 loss at Houston ... had season highs of five catches and 63 yards receiving in a wild 44-41 Week 3 overtime win vs. Detroit and a season-long 46-yard reception at San Diego in Week 2

• Nick Sundberg, LS, Washington Redskins (3-6) - Played in a Week 1 victory at New Orleans off the bench but has not played since and is on the injured reserve list

• Will Ta'ufo'ou, Jacksonville Jaguars (1-8) - Has played in the first two games of his NFL career in a Week 9 loss vs. Detroit and a Week 10 loss vs. Indianapolis, after signing prior to Week 9 loss vs. Detroit

• Shane Vereen, RB, New England Patriots (6-3) - Has rushed for 77 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries ... had five rushes for five yards and one catch for 11 in his most recent outing in a Week 10 win over Buffalo ... scored on a fourth-and-one play from the Rams' one-yard line among his seven carries for 22 yards and one reception for a career-high 17 yards in a Week 8 win at St. Louis ... rushed for a career-high 49 yards on a career-high-tying eight rushes and caught one pass for 10 yards in the first start of his career in a Week 7 win over the New York Jets ... scored on a one-yard run in a Week 5 win over Denver ... played for the first time in 2012 during a Week 4 win at Buffalo, catching his first career pass for five yards and rushing one time for no gain


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