By Josh Hyber/Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Chargers
On Oct. 7, Melvin Ingram became the first player in NFL history to intercept a pass, record a sack and have a rushing attempt in the same game. Five days later Alshon Jeffery caught eight passes for 74 yards and two touchdowns.
On Sept. 23, Ryan Succop kicked three field goals to lead Tennessee to a 9-6 victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars, and on Sept. 16 kicked a game-winning field goal with a minute remaining as the Titans edged out a 20-17 victory over the Houston Texans.
In other words, South Carolina football alumni are all over the NFL. Turn on a television any given Sunday, Thursday or Monday night and you’re bound to see a former Gamecock on a football field.
PHOTOS: SC in the NFL
For the rest of the NFL season and beyond, Spurs & Feathers will update you on how South Carolina football alumni are doing in the NFL.
WEEK 10 UPDATE:
A.J. Cann (2011-14), Jacksonville Jaguars, OG: With Leonard Fournette’s back from injury, Jacksonville rushed for 91 yards in a 29-26 loss to the Indianapolis Colts. The Jaguars, with the 6-foot-3, 315-pound Cann at right guard, have the NFL’s 26th-ranked rushing offense (94.6 yards per game).
Jadeveon Clowney (2011-13), Houston Texans DE: The Texans had a bye week. JD had a sack, three quarterback hits and one tackle in Houston’s 19-17 victory over the Denver Broncos last week. He now has 24 tackles (20 solo), 5.5 sacks (tied for 17th in the NFL), two fumble recoveries and a touchdown this season. It was reported by 247Spors that the Los Angeles Rams inquired about trading for Clowney last week. (Photo courtesy of the Houston Texans.)
Jared Cook (2006-08), Oakland Raiders TE: Cook had four catches (on nine targets) for 52 yards in Oakland’s 20-6 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers. Cook has 42 catches for 546 yards (tied for 32rd in the NFL) and three touchdowns so far this season. He had nine catches for 180 yards against the Rams on Sept. 10. (Photo courtesy of the Oakland Raiders/Tony Gonzeles.)
Mike Davis (2012-15), Seattle Seahawks RB: Davis had 58 yards on 11 carries in Seattle’s 36-31 loss to the Los Angeles Rams. It’s the fourth-most carries and fourth-most yards he has had in a game this season. He also had four catches for 22 yards. In total, Davis has 346 yards on 78 carries and three touchdowns. He has 21 catches for 110 yards.
Patrick DiMarco (2007-10), Buffalo Bills FB: DiMarco did not record any stats in Buffalo’s 41-10 win over the Jets. He had two tackles and a forced fumble in Buffalo’s 41-9 loss to the Chicago Bears on Nov. 4. He has two catches for 24 yards this season.
Stephon Gilmore (2009-11), New England Patriots CB: Gilmore had a sack, four tackles (one for loss) and one forced fumble in the Patriots’ 34-10 loss to the Tennessee Titans. He now has 33 tackles, two forced fumbles and an interception — which came on Sept. 9 against the Houston Texans — this season. He has also deflected 12 passes. (Photo courtesy of the New England Patriots/Jim Mahoney.)
Hayden Hurst (2015-17), Baltimore Ravens TE: Baltimore had a bye week. Hurst had one catch for 21 yards in the Ravens’ 23-16 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Nov. 4. He caught his first-career touchdown on Oct. 28 against the Carolina Panthers. “It was pretty cool to get the first one,” he told Spurs & Feathers. “Just hopefully more to come.” Garnet Thor made his NFL debut on Oct. 7 against the Cleveland Browns and had one catch for seven yards. (Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Ravens.)
Melvin Ingram (2009-11), Los Angeles Chargers OLB: Ingram had a sack and four tackles — for the second week in a row — in the Chargers’ 20-6 win over Oakland. He now has 28 tackles (19 solo), 5.5 sacks, an interception and three pass deflections this season. (Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Chargers.)
Alshon Jeffery (2009-11), Philadelphia Eagles WR: Jeffery had four catches for 48 yards in the Eagles’ 27-20 loss to the Dallas Cowboys. He has 33 catches for 389 yards and four touchdowns in six games, including eight for 105 yards and a touchdown on Sept. 30 against the Tennessee Titans. He missed the Eagles first three games with a shoulder injury. (Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Eagles.)
Isaiah Johnson (2015), Tampa Bay Buccaneers DB: Johnson had four tackles in Tampa Bay’s loss to the Redskins. He now has 14 tackles in eight games played (two starts). (Photo courtesy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.)
Johnathan Joseph (2005), Houston Texans CB: The Texans had a bye week. Joseph did not play in the Texans’ win over the Broncos last week because of an injured his ankle. “Could be [a short term injury],” Texans head coach Bill O’Brien said two weeks ago, per Texans Wire. “Don’t know the details of that one yet, but that could be.” He has 34 tackles, an interception and eight pass deflections on the season. (Photo courtesy of the Houston Texans.)
Brandon Shell (2012-15), New York Jets OT: The 6-foot-5, 324 pounder starts at right tackle for the Jets. Gang Green ranks 19th in the NFL in rushing yards per game (107.3).
Darian Stewart (2006-09), Denver Broncos S: The Broncos had a bye week. Stewart suffered three separate neck stingers in games against Baltimore, the Rams and Cardinals this season. "I am improving. It's getting much better. I just need to rest this week," he told ABC-Denver last week. He has 29 tackles, one interception and one sack this season.
Captain Munnerlyn (2006-08), Carolina Panthers CB: Munnerlyn had two tackles (one for loss) and a pass deflection in the Panthers’ 52-21 loss to the Pittsburgh. He now has an interception, 26 tackles, four pass deflections and a fumble recovery this season. (Photo courtesy of the Carolina Panthers/Melissa Melvin-Rodriguez.)
D.J. Swearinger (2009-12), Washington Redskins S: Swearinger had two tackles and two pass deflections in the Redskins’ 16-3 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. He now has 33 tackles, four interceptions (two against the Indianapolis Colts on Sept. 16) and nine pass deflections. He was also named to the Pro Football Focus Midseason All-Pro Team.
Ryan Succop (2005-08), Tennessee Titans K: Succop made all four extra-points he attempted and both field-goal attempts (from 33 yards and 31 yards) in the Titans’ 34-10 win over the New England Patriots. Succop is 17-of-20 on field-goal attempts and has made all 15 of his extra-point attempts this season.
Taylor Stallworth (2014-17), New Orleans Saints DT: Stallworth did not record any stats but played in 42 percent of the Saints’ defensive plays this week. He has made three tackles in four games. He also has a tackle for loss.
Damiere Byrd (2011-14), Carolina Panthers, WR: Byrd did not record any stats in the Panthers’ 52-21 loss to the Pittsburgh. He caught his lone pass of the season, for eight yards, in a 21-17 victory over the Philadelphia Eagles. He also has two fumble recoveries. (Photo courtesy of the Carolina Panthers/Melissa Melvin-Rodriguez.)
Pharoh Cooper (2013-15), Los Angeles Rams WR: Cooper has played in just one game this season because of an ankle injury. He returned two punts for 12 yards and three kickoffs for 75 yards against the Raiders on Sept. 10. “He’s going to be out for some time right now,” Rams coach Sean McVay said in mid-September, per ESPN. “So that’s a big loss for us.” (Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Rams.)
Bruce Ellington (2011-13), Houston Texans WR: Ellington last Tuesday signed with the Detroit Lions, the NFL Network’s Ian Rapoport reported. He had eight catches for 92 yards and a touchdown this season before being cut by the Texans in late October. (Photo courtesy of the Houston Texans.)
Skai Moore (2013-17), Indianapolis Colts LB: The recent South Carolina graduate has two tackles in four games. On Oct. 15 he was signed to the Colts’ practice squad.