South Carolina Gamecocks in the NFL: Week 15 weekly notes and stats

South Carolina Gamecocks in the NFL: Week 15 weekly notes and stats

By Josh Hyber/Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia Eagles

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.


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.


AJ Cann (2011-14), Jacksonville Jaguars, OG: Jacksonville rushed for 172 yards on 26 carries in its 16-13 loss to the Washington Redskins. The Jaguars, with the 6-foot-3, 315-pound Cann at right guard, rose from the 20th-ranked rushing offense to the 19th (111.9 yards per game) in the NFL. 

Jadeveon Clowney (2011-13), Houston Texans DE: JD had a sack, three tackles (two for loss) and two quarterback hits in Houston’s 29-22 victory over the New York Jets. He now has 37 tackles (31 solo), eight sacks (tied for 21st in the NFL), two fumble recoveries and a touchdown this season. (Photo courtesy of the Houston Texans.)

Jared Cook (2006-08), Oakland Raiders TE: Cook had one of his worst performances of the season, catching two passes for 23 yards in Oakland’s 30-16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals. Last week, on Dec. 9, Raiders’ head coach Jon Gruden called Cook “awesome, clearly is our MVP,” after Cook hauled in seven catches for 116 yards in Oakland’s 24-21 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. Cook has 63 catches for 848 yards (tied for 22nd in the NFL) and six touchdowns this season. (Photo courtesy of the Oakland Raiders/Tony Gonzeles.)

Pharoh Cooper (2013-15), Los Angeles Rams WR: Cooper returned two kicks for a combined 31 yards in the Rams’ 30-23 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles. He missed nine games this season with an ankle injury. (Photo courtesy of the Los Angeles Rams.)

Mike Davis (2012-15), Seattle Seahawks RB: Davis had 21 yards on five carries in Seattle’s 26-23 loss to the San Francisco 49ers. He also had seven catches for 55 yards. In total, Davis has 439 yards on 98 carries and three touchdowns. He has 31 catches for 194 yards and one touchdown.

Patrick DiMarco (2007-10), Buffalo Bills FB: DiMarco had one rush for nine yards — his first rush of the season — in the Bills’ 14-13 win over the Detroit Lions. He had one catch for 38 yards and a tackle in Buffalo’s 21-17 loss to the Miami Dolphins on Dec. 2. He has three catches for 62 yards this season.

Bruce Ellington (2011-13), Detroit Lions WR: Ellington missed the Lions’ loss to the Bills with a hamstring injury. It has yet to be determined if he will be active Week 16 against the Vikings. He has 31 catches for 224 yards and a touchdown this season. (Photo courtesy of the Houston Texans.)

Stephon Gilmore (2009-11), New England Patriots CB: Gilmore — who attended South Carolina’s win over Chattanooga — had three tackles and two pass deflections in the Patriots’ 17-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. With the performance, Joseph passed Clemson product Brian Dawkins (179) for the eighth-most passes defensed in NFL history. Joseph now has 41 tackles (36 solo), two forced fumbles and two interceptions this season. He has also deflected 18 passes. (Photo courtesy of the New England Patriots/Jim Mahoney.) 

Hayden Hurst (2015-17), Baltimore Ravens TE: Hurst had three catches (tied for a single-game high) for 20 yards in the Ravens’ 20-12 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. 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.” (Photo courtesy of the Baltimore Ravens.)

Melvin Ingram (2009-11), Los Angeles Chargers OLB: Ingram had 1.5 sacks, three tackles and two quarterback hits in the Chargers’ 29-28 win over the Kansas City Chiefs. He has 39 tackles (26 solo), seven 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 eight catches for 160 yards in the Eagles’ 30-23 victory over the Los Angeles Rams. He has 57 catches for 702 yards and five touchdowns in 11 games. He missed the Eagles first three games with a shoulder injury.

Isaiah Johnson (2015), Tampa Bay Buccaneers DB: Johnson returned after missing Tampa Bay’s game against the Saints (concussion) and had four tackles in the team’s 20-12 victory over the Ravens. He has 40 tackles in 13 games played (four starts). (Photo courtesy of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.)

Johnathan Joseph (2005), Houston Texans CB: Joseph had nine tackles — a season high — and a pass deflection in the Texans’ win over the Jets. He has 56 tackles, two interceptions and 12 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 starting right tackle for the Jets injured a knee during the third quarter of the Jets’ loss to the Texans. He spent Sunday morning undergoing an MRI exam, according to the New York Post. Jets coach Todd Bowles was unsure of the severity of the injury as of Sunday morning, but with only two games left, Shell’s season could be over. “Not yet, but I don’t think he’ll be back anytime soon,” Bowles said.

Darian Stewart (2006-09), Denver Broncos S: Stewart had four tackles in Denver’s 17-16 loss to the Browns. He has 54 tackles, two interceptions and one sack this season.

Skai Moore (2013-17), Indianapolis Colts LB: On Nov. 18, the recent South Carolina graduate had two tackles in the Colts’ 38-10 win over the Titans after being moved from the practice squad to the active roster on Friday, Nov. 9. He was signed to the Colts’ practice squad on Oct. 15. 

D.J. Swearinger (2009-12), Washington Redskins S: Swearinger did not record any sacks in the Redskins’ 16-13 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. He has 48 tackles, four interceptions (two against the Indianapolis Colts on Sept. 16), two sacks and 10 pass deflections this season. He was also named to the Pro Football Focus Midseason All-Pro Team.

Ryan Succop (2005-08), Tennessee Titans K: Succop made both of his two extra-point attempts and one of his two field-goal attempts in the Titans’ 17-0 win over the New York Giants. The make came from 22 yards out. The miss came from 48 yards out. Succop is 23 of 27 on field-goal attempts and is 25 of 27 on extra points.

Damiere Byrd (2011-14), Carolina Panthers, WR: Byrd was placed on injured reserve with a broken arm. 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.)