Nittany Lions in the NFL: Week 5

Football

Parsons dominates Rams, records two sacks; Barkley tops 100 scrimmage yards for third consecutive contest

UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – A total of 45 Penn State football alumni are populating the rosters of 25 National Football League teams. The Nittany Lions annually rank among the top 20 programs nationally in producing players in the NFL.

Micah Parsons’ defensive effort, a performance that included two sacks, led his squad to a 22-10 victory over the defending Super Bowl champion Los Angeles Rams. On the offensive side of the ball, Saquon Barkley and Miles Sanders continued to produce for their respective squads, with both teams recording big wins over tough opponents this week.

Each week throughout the year, GoPSUSports.com provides updates on the exploits of these former Nittany Lion greats.

Marcus Allen (2014-17) LB, Pittsburgh Steelers
Bills 38, Steelers 3

  • Saw action on special teams.

Adrian Amos (2011-14) S, Green Bay Packers
Giants 27, Packers 22

Troy Apke (2014-17) S, Washington Commanders
Titans 21, Commanders 17

  • Apke is on Washington’s practice squad.

Saquon Barkley (2015-17) RB, New York Giants
Giants 27, Packers 22

  • He had 13 carries for 70 yards.
  • Added three receptions for 36 yards.
  • Second in the NFL in rushing yardage (533) and carries (97) following week 5.

Ryan Bates (2016-18) OL, Buffalo Bills
Bills 38, Steelers 3

  • Started at right guard in the win over the Ravens.
  • Has started every game this season.

Nick Bowers (2018-19) TE, Cincinnati Bengals
Ravens 19, Bengals 17

  • Bowers is on Cincinnati’s practice squad.

Jaquan Brisker (2019-21) S, Chicago Bears
Vikings 29, Bears 22

Cam Brown (2016-19) LB, New York Giants
Giants 27, Packers 22

Jason Cabinda (2014-17) FB, Detroit Lions
Patriots 29, Lions 0

  • Cabinda is on the physically unable to perform list.

Tariq Castro-Fields (2017-21) CB, Washington Commanders
Titans 21, Commanders 17

  • Castro-Fields was inactive.

Dan Chisena (2019) WR, Minnesota Vikings
Vikings 29, Bears 22

  • Recorded one solo tackle.

John Dotson (2018-21) WR, Washington Commanders
Titans 21, Commanders 17

  • Dotson was inactive.
  • With four touchdown receptions this year, he is tied for third in the league.

Arnold Ebiketie (2021) OF, Atlanta Falcons
Buccaneers 21, Falcons 15

Sam Ficken (2014) K, Detroit Lions
Joined the squad on Tuesday.

  • Ficken is on Detroit’s practice quad.

Pat Freiermuth (2018-20) TE, Pittsburgh Steelers
Bills 38, Steelers 3

  • Caught two passes for 12 yards.

Will Fries (2017-20) OL, Indianapolis Colts
Colts 12, Broncos 9

  • Saw action on special teams.

Mike Gesicki (2014-17) TE, Miami Dolphins
Jets 40, Dolphins 17

  • Hauled in one catch for 30 yards.

Blake Gillikin (2016-19) P, New Orleans Saints
Saints 39, Seahawks 32

  • Punted four times for 189 yards (149 net yards).
  • Averaged 47.2 yards per punt with a 37.2 net.
  • His longest punt was 62 yards.

Kevin Givens (2016-18) DT, San Francisco 49ers
49ers 37, Panthers 15

Chris Godwin (2014-16) WR, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Buccaneers 21, Falcons 15

  • Pulled in six catches for 61 yards.
  • Also rushed once for two yards.

Robbie Gould (2016-18) DT, San Francisco 49ers
49ers 37, Panthers 15

  • Was 1-for-2 on field goal attempts.
  • Converted all three extra point attempts.

Yetur Gross-Matos (2017-19) DE, Carolina Panthers
49ers 37, Panthers 15

  • Assisted on two tackles.
  • Recorded one tackle for loss.

Grant Haley (2014-17) S, Los Angeles Rams
Cowboys 22, Rams 10

  • Collected two tackles (1 solo).
  • Defended two passes.

KJ Hamler (2018-19) WR, Denver Broncos
Colts 12, Broncos 9

  • Hauled in a 10-yard pass.

Jesse James (2012-14) TE, Cleveland Browns
Chargers 23, Browns 20

Austin Johnson (2013-15) DT, Los Angeles Chargers
Chargers 34, Texans 24

  • Collected three solo tackles.

DaQuan Jones (2010-13) DL, Buffalo Bills
Bills 38, Steelers 3

  • Picked up two solo tackles.

John Lovett (2021) RB, Carolina Panthers
49ers 37, Panthers 15

  • Lovett is on Carolina’s practice squad.

Jesse Luketa (2018-21) LB, Arizona Cardinals
Eagles 20, Cardinals 17

  • Luketa is on Arizona’s practice squad.

Connor McGovern (2016-18) OL, Dallas Cowboys
Cowboys 22, Rams 10

  • Made his third start of the season.
  • Played in every offensive snap for the first time this season.

Trace McSorley (2015-18) QB, Arizona Cardinals
Eagles 20, Cardinals 17

  • Was active but did not play.

Carl Nassib (2013-15) DE, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Buccaneers 21, Falcons 15

  • Totaled four tackles (3 solo)

Amani Oruwariye (2015-18) CB, Detroit Lions
Patriots 29, Lions 0

  • Oruwariye was not active.

Odafe Oweh (2019-20) DE, Baltimore Ravens
Ravens 19, Bengals 17

  • Collected four tackles (two solo).

Micah Parsons (2018-19) LB, Dallas Cowboys
Cowboys 22, Rams 10

  • Totaled 5 tackles (2 solo)
  • Picked up two sacks.

John Reid (2015-19) CB, Seattle Seahawks
Saints 39, Seahawks 32

  • Reid is on injured reserve.

Allen Robinson II (2011-13) WR, Los Angeles Rams
Cowboys 22, Rams 10

  • Caught three passes for 12 yards.

Miles Sanders (2016-18) RB, Philadelphia Eagles
Eagles 20, Cardinals 17

  • Ran the ball 15 times for 58 yards.
  • Made two grabs for six yards.

Nick Scott (2015-18) S, Los Angeles Rams
49ers 24, Rams 9

Brandon Smith (2019-21) LB, Carolina Panthers
49ers 37, Panthers 15

  • Assisted on one tackle, his first in the NFL.

Donovan Smith (2012-14) OT, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Buccaneers 21, Falcons 15

  • Made his third start of the season.

Jordan Stout (2019-21) P, Baltimore Ravens
Ravens 19, Bengals 17

  • Punted twice for 79 yards.
  • Both punts were fairly caught, resulting in a 39.5 net average.

Derrick Tangelo (2021) DT, Atlanta Falcons
Buccaneers 21, Falcons 15

  • Tangelo is on Atlanta’s practice squad.

Shaka Toney (2017-20) DE, Washington Commanders
Titans 21, Commanders 17

  • Saw action on special teams.

Rasheed Walker (2019-21) OL, Green Bay Packers
Giants 27, Packers 22

No. 10/10 Penn State travels to Ann Arbor, Michigan, where it will take on the Wolverines on Saturday, October 15. Kickoff is scheduled for noon on FOX.

The 2022 Penn State football season is presented by PSECU.