WVUPros NFL Week 12 Recap: Bruce Irvin Returns

WVUPros NFL Week 12 Recap: Bruce Irvin Returns

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    Here is a rundown of how Mountaineers in the NFL fared this week. We start, first, with a bit of injury news.

Corey McIntyre

  McIntyre left Sunday’s game against Pat McAfee and the Colts with an ankle injury. He did not return to the game. He did Tweet this after the game:

Ellis Lankster

  Lankster was the lone WVUPro to play on Thanksgiving Day for the Jets (although we wish we could have seen Chris Neild crush Tony Romo). The Jets were dismantled by the Patriots 49-19. Lankster finished with 5 tackles.

Bruce Irvin

  Coming off of a bye, the Seahawks traveled to Miami to face the Dolphins on Sunday. Bruce Irvin stepped on the field where the Mountaineers crushed Clemson last January in the Discover Orange Bowl for the first time since that game.

  The Seahawks lost a close game on a Dolphins game-winning field goal as time expired 21-24. The Dolphins used a balanced attack in the game against the Seahawks defense. Irvin had one tackle in the game, but was in on several others. One thing to note, the Seahawks kept him in the game on first and second downs to help play against the run. Playing well against the run is the next step in Irvin’s evolution into an every down defensive lineman.

J.T. Thomas

  Thomas played primarily on special teams for the Bears against the Vikings. He did not record any stats.

Adam Pacman Jones

  Jones had three tackles and broke up one pass against the Raiders. He also had three punt returns for a seven yard average, with a long of 18.

Owen Schmitt

  Schmitt had one carry for -1 yards against the Bengals. It was only his second carry of the season.

Will Johnson

  The Steelers had eight turnovers in the game against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday. However, they still had a chance to win the game before falling 20-14.

  The Steelers had four different running backs carry the ball. All of them fumbled at least once. Johnson recovered one Mendenhall fumble during the fourth quarter. We were think that maybe the team should have called Johnson’s number on some running plays during the second half, but that didn’t happen.

  Johnson again showed great lead blocking for the running backs behind him and in pass protection. He was credited with one catch for 13 yards. He had another seven-yard reception negated by a penalty.

Ryan Mundy

  Mundy recorded two tackles against the Browns on Sunday and was a member of the kick coverage team.

Pat McAfee

  McAfee and his #Boomstick had a great day punting against the Bills. He punted five times for a 51.2 yard average with two getting downed inside the 20 and a long of 59.

Keith Tandy

  Tandy was active for the Bucs for the fourth time in this, his rookie season. The Bucs lost at home by one point to the Falcons 24-23. He recorded one tackle in the game and now has two tackles this season.

Darius Reynaud

  Reynaud and the Titans also returned from a bye week, and traveled to Florida like Bruce Irvin and the Seahawks. Reynaud and Co. didn’t go as far south, however. They played against the Jacksonville Jaguars where their comeback attempt fell short. The Jags won the game 19-24.

  Reynaud put in a solid game returning kicks. He had four kick returns for a 22-yard average. The Titans made an effort to get the Mountaineer involved in the offense. He had two rushes for five yards and was targeted twice in the passing game, but failed to catch a pass.


  Najee Goode and Selvish Capers were inactive for the Bucs and Giants respectively. As we reported on Saturday, the Giants promoted Capers to their active roster this past week from their practice squad.

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