Sun Belt alumni record 2 interceptions, 2 touchdowns in NFL Wildcard round
Published 5:30 am Wednesday, January 18, 2023
A pair of Sun Belt alumni—linebacker Akeem Davis-Gaither of the Cincinnati Bengals via App State and safety Dean Marlowe of the Buffalo Bills via James Madison—made interceptions to help their respective teams advance to the Divisional Round. Each also added four tackles on the defensive side of the ball.
San Francisco 49ers running back Elijah Mitchell out of Louisiana scored a touchdown on a seven-yard reception, as part of a 27-yard day to help his team move on. Los Angeles Chargers tight end Gerald Everett out of South Alabama also had a touchdown grab, as part of a six-catch, 109-yard outing in defeat.
Georgia Southern alumnus and New York Giants running back Matt Breida posted eight yards on three carries to help propel the club to the Divisional Round. Offensive linemen Robert Hunt of the Miami Dolphins via Louisiana and Josh Ball of the Dallas Cowboys out of Marshall also saw game action.
Defensive back Chandon Sullivan (Georgia State, Minnesota Vikings), defensive back Tarvarius Moore (Southern Miss, San Francisco 49ers), defensive lineman Rakeem Nunez-Roches (Southern Miss, Tampa Bay Buccaneers) and wide receiver Tim Jones (Southern Miss, Jacksonville Jaguars) also added tackles for their respective clubs.
Sun Belt alumni led the Buffalo Bills special teams unit with punter Sam Martin out of App State accumulating 239 yards on five punts and kicker Tyler Bass out of Georgia Southern going a perfect 2-for-2 on field goal attempts and 4-for-4 on extra points.
Seventy-six Sun Belt alumni earned NFL roster spots entering the 2022 season, with 39 advancing to the NFL playoffs.
Seven earned byes to the Divisional Round as members of the Kansas City Chiefs and Philadelphia Eagles. Thirteen additional Sun Belt alumni helped propel their teams to Wild Card Round wins, giving the conference 20 representatives in next weekend’s Divisional Round.
Akeem Davis-Gaither – LB, Cincinnati Bengals (1 G, 4 Tackles, 1 Interception, 1 Pass Defended)
^ Thomas Hennigan – WR, Minnesota Vikings
Kendall Lamm – OL, Miami Dolphins (DNP)
Sam Martin – P, Buffalo Bills (1 G, 1 GS, 5 Punts, 239 Yards, 1 Tackle)
* Aaron Donkor – LB, Seattle Seahawks
^ Forrest Merrill – DL, Los Angeles Chargers
^ Anthony Chesley – DB, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Jeff Gunter – DE, Cincinnati Bengals (DNP)
* Tarron Jackson – DE, Philadelphia Eagles (Bye Week)
Isaiah Likely – TE, Baltimore Ravens (1 G)
Tyler Bass – K, Buffalo Bills (1 G, 1 GS, 2-for-2 FG, 4-for-4 XP)
Matt Breida – RB, New York Giants (1 G, 3 Rushes, 8 Yards)
* Raymond Johnson III – DE, Cincinnati Bengals
Jerick McKinnon – RB, Kansas City Chiefs (Bye Week)
Penny Hart – WR, Seattle Seahawks (DNP)
Chandon Sullivan – DB, Minnesota Vikings (1 G, 1 GS, 4 Tackles, 1 Pass Defended
* Mike Greene – DL, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Dean Marlowe – S, Buffalo Bills (1 G, 1 GS, 4 Tackles, 1 Interception, 10 Return Yards, 1 Pass Defended)
^ Aaron Stinnie – OL, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
^ Josh Wells – OL, Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Robert Hunt – OL, Miami Dolphins (1 G, 1 GS)
* Michael Jacquet – DB, Los Angeles Chargers
Elijah Mitchell – RB, San Francisco 49ers (1 G, 9 Rushes, 2 Yards, 2 Receptions, 25 Yards, 1 Touchdown)
Josh Ball – OL, Dallas Cowboys (1 G)
Nazeeh Johnson – S, Kansas City Chiefs (Bye Week)
Rick Lovato – LS, Philadelphia Eagles (Bye Week)
Zach Pascal – WR, Philadelphia Eagles (Bye Week)
Stone Smartt – TE, Los Angeles Chargers (DNP)
^ Isaac Weaver – OL, Los Angeles Chargers
Oshane Ximines – LB, New York Giants (DNP)
Gerald Everett – TE, Los Angeles Chargers (1 G, 1 GS, 6 Receptions, 109 Yards, 1 Touchdown)
Jalen Tolbert – WR, Dallas Cowboys (DNP)
Tim Jones – WR, Jacksonville Jaguars (1 G, 1 Tackle)
Tarvarius Moore – DB, San Francisco 49ers (1 G, 2 Tackles)
Nick Mullens – QB, Minnesota Vikings (DNP)
Rakeem Nunez-Roches – DL, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1 G, 2 Tackles, 2 QB Hits)
* Cameron Tom – OL, Philadelphia Eagles (Bye Week)
Quez Watkins – WR, Philadelphia Eagles (Bye Week)
* Practice Squad
^ Injured & Other Reserve
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