NFL Week 5: How Did All 36 Former Buckeyes Fare?
There are still 36 former Ohio State football players in the NFL, even though the Eagles cut Brian Rolle last week. Another linebacker takes his spot in this list as the New England Patriots resigned Bobby Carpenter. In a way this is yet another indicator of how many NFL-caliber players Ohio State churns out. When one gets cut, there are another 10 former Buckeyes fighting for a roster spot. While three dozen is a huge number of players from one school to be in the NFL, it might be even more impressive to think about all the players that could easily have a roster spot any given week.
As the Buckeye presence in the NFL fluctuates, here is how each of the 36 who do have roster spots fared in week five.
Offensive Buckeye of the Week:
Alex Boone - Started on the offensive line.
None of the skill position players out of Ohio State had big weeks, but Alex Boone and his fellow lineman were able to pave the way for a very successful 49ers rushing attack. San Francisco racked up 311 yards and 38 rushes (8.2 yards per carry). Boone also helped prevent the Bills from recording a single sack on Alex Smith. The 49ers are currently first in the NFL with 195.8 rushing yards per game.
Defensive Buckeye of the Week:
James Laurinaitis - 10 tackles (7 solo), 1 sack
Laurinaitis is, yet again, the Defensive Buckeye of the Week. With another double digit tackle day Laurinaitis continues to rack up big numbers in 2012. His sack proves that he can rush the passer as well. This former Buckeye is not only his team’s top defensive playmaker, but one of the best in the entire NFL.
All statistics thanks to ESPN.com.