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Cal in the NFL
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Cal in the NFL - Week 12
Courtesy: Cal Athletics  
Release:  11/26/2013

BERKELEY - Here’s a look at the 34 former Cal players playing in the NFL. Top performances of Week 12 were delivered by Cameron Jordan, Keenan Allen, and Shane Vereen.

  • Cameron Jordan (DE), New Orleans Saints – Recorded six tackles, including 2.5 sacks, and a pass deflection in a 17-13 win against Atlanta. Jordan’s final sack came with 2:28 remaining in the fourth quarter and resulted in a five-yard loss to force a third-and-long from New Orleans’ 34-yard line. The third-year pro has a team and career-high 9.5 sacks on the season, ranking fifth in the league in total sacks. New Orleans remains atop the NFC South with a 9-2 record.
  • Keenan Allen (WR), San Diego Chargers – Had a team-high nine receptions for 124 yards and a punt return for five yards in a 41-38 upset win against Kansas City. Allen entered halftime with eight receptions for 103 yards, the first time a rookie has surpassed 100 receiving yards in the opening half since Julio Jones in 2011. This production forced Kansas City, a statistically stout defense, to double-cover Allen throughout the second half. Allen leads all rookies with 737 receiving yards and four 100-yard receiving games.
  • Shane Vereen (RB), New England Patriots – Had 10 carries for 31 yards and matched a career-high with eight receptions for 60 yards in a 34-31 overtime win against Denver. Vereen managed to hang onto the ball in a game that saw 11 total fumbles and contributed five receptions that moved the chains as New England came back from 24 down in the second half. New England remains atop the AFC East with an 8-3 record.

  • Tyson Alualu (DT), Jacksonville Jaguars – Recorded three tackles in a 13-6 win against Houston.
  • C.J. Anderson (RB), Denver Broncos – Had three carries for 16 yards in a 34-31 overtime loss to New England. Anderson also recovered a Peyton Manning fumble. Denver dropped to 9-2 on the season but remains atop the AFC West, holding the tiebreak over Kansas City.
  • Bryan Anger (P), Jacksonville Jaguars – Punted six times for a 43.2 yard average in a 13-6 win against Houston. Anger also recorded a tackle as the holder on a blocked field goal.
  • D.J. Campbell (S), Miami Dolphins – Recorded one tackle in a 20-16 loss to Carolina.
  • Andre Carter (DE), New England Patriots – Played in a 34-31 overtime win against Denver. New England remains atop the AFC East with an 8-3 record.
  • Chris Conte (FS), Chicago Bears – Recorded five tackles in a 42-21 loss to St. Louis. Despite the loss Chicago remains tied for the NFC North lead with a 6-5 record.
  • Brian De La Puente (C), New Orleans Saints – Started in a 17-13 win against Atlanta. New Orleans remains atop the NFC South with a 9-2 record.
  • Thomas DeCoud (S), Atlanta Falcons – Recorded seven tackles and a pass deflection in a 17-13 loss to New Orleans.
  • Justin Forsett (RB), Jacksonville Jaguars – Had one reception for nine yards in a 13-6 win against Houston.
  • Mike Gibson (T), Arizona Cardinals – Played in a 40-11 win against Indianapolis.
  • Matt Giordano (FS), St. Louis Rams – Played in a 42-21 win against Chicago.
  • Tony Gonzalez (TE), Atlanta Falcons – Had four receptions for 43 yards in a 17-14 loss to New Orleans.
  • Lavelle Hawkins (WR), San Diego Chargers – Did not play in a 41-38 upset win against Kansas City.
  • L.P. LaDouceur (LS), Dallas Cowboys – Played in a last-second 24-21 win against the Giants. In harsh conditions, LaDouceur provided the snap for Dan Bailey’s 35-yard game winning field goal as time expired. Dallas improved to 6-5 on the season and pulled into a tie for the NFC East lead.
  • Alex Mack (C), Cleveland Browns – Started in a 27-11 loss to Pittsburgh. Mack has started all 75 games in his NFL career (all with Cleveland).
  • Mike Mohamed (LB), Houston Texans – Played in a 13-6 loss to Jacksonville.
  • Aaron Rodgers (QB), Green Bay Packers – Out with injury.
  • Jeremy Ross (WR), Detroit Lions – Had two kick returns for 48 yards and two punt returns for 42 yards in a 24-21 upset loss to Tampa Bay. Despite the loss Detroit remains tied for the NFC North lead at 6-5.
  • Mitchell Schwartz (T), Cleveland Browns – Started in a 27-11 loss to Pittsburgh. Schwartz has started all 27 games in his NFL career (all with Cleveland).
  • Brian Schwenke (C), Tennessee Titans – Returned from injury to start in a 23-19 win against Oakland.
  • Craig Stevens (TE), Tennessee Titans – Had one reception for a loss of one yard in a last-second 23-19 win against Oakland.
  • Will Ta’ufo’ou (FB), Jacksonville Jaguars – Played in a 13-6 win against Houston.

BYE Week

  • DeSean Jackson (WR), Philadelphia Eagles   
  • Marvin Jones (WR), Cincinnati Bengals
  • Mychal Kendricks (LB), Philadelphia Eagles
  • Marshawn Lynch (RB), Seattle Seahawks
  • Brandon Mebane (DT), Seattle Seahawks

Reserve/Injured

  • Lorenzo Alexander (LB), Arizona Cardinals  
  • Desmond Bishop (LB), Minnesota Vikings
  • Nick Sundberg (LS), Washington Redskins
  • Steve Williams (CB), San Diego Chargers

For more detailed information on Cal’s 34 players currently on NFL rosters, check out their bio pages at ESPN.com.


Cal also has one former player head coaching in the NFL.

  • Ron Rivera (Head Coach), Carolina Panthers – Carolina overcame a 13 point first-half deficit for a 20-16 comeback win against Miami. Trailing 16-13 and facing a fourth-and-10 at their own 20 with 2:33 remaining in the fourth quarter, Rivera elected to go for it. The fourth down was converted and an 80-yard game-winning TD drive ensued. Carolina improved to 8-3, winning their seventh game in a row. 

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