After picking up his first career start on Sunday in the Minnesota Vikings’ 30-10 win over the Cincinnati Bengals, former Gamecock linebacker Jasper Brinkley received some praise for his performance in the game.
“He did a great job I thought in both against a very difficult group to play against just because of all the extra linemen that they had in the game,” Childress added. “You have to do some different things when people are unbalanced. First of all, it’s coming out of the huddle at you. It’s visual recognition and identification. They’re always attempting to deceive when they do that, and it has to happen very quickly where you’re setting the defense, getting people moved if they didn’t hear you, flipping people over, linebackers flipping sides, and then playing the game.”
Brinkley played primarily in the Vikings base package – in the 4-3 defensive alignment on most 1st and 2nd downs. He registered 3 tackles and contributed significantly to a defensive effort that held the Bengals to just 210 net yards.
“It’s a tough situation to come into,” said LB Ben Leber after the game. “Obviously, he was probably anxious and nervous. I thought he performed pretty well coming in and making the calls in base (defense), and going downhill and making some hits.”
A couple of former Gamecocks had big days in the NFL yesterday:
Kicker Ryan Succop booted a game-winning field goal in overtime as the Kansas City Chiefs took down the defending Super Bowl Champion Pittsburgh Steelers 27-24. Click here for game highlights. Succop is 16 for 20 so far this season on field goals with a long of 53 yards.
Wide receiver Sidney Rice had a strong afternoon for the Minnesota Vikings, catching 6 passes for 89 yards and two touchdowns, as his team routed the Seattle Seahawks 35-9 on Sunday. Click here for game highlights. Rice has 50 catches for 875 yards and four touchdowns this season.
The manager has made the signal and it’s time to bring in The Closer to put Day 1 of the blog in the books. This post will wrap-up each weekday and also give you a random piece of Gamecock trivia to impress your friends and family with.
Did you know? There are currently 25 former Gamecocks listed on NFL rosters. They are:
DE John Abraham (Atlanta Falcons), CB Fred Bennett (Houston Texans), DE Casper Brinkley (Carolina Panthers), LB Jasper Brinkley (Minnesota Vikings), CB Sheldon Brown (Philadelphia Eagles), S Emanuel Cook (Jets), TE Jared Cook (Tennessee Titans), OT Na’Shan Goddard (Seattle Seahawks), CB Andre’ Goodman (Denver Broncos), CB Johnathan Joseph (Cincinnati Bengals), LB Lance Laury (Seattle Seahawks), WR Kenny McKinley (Denver Broncos), OT Jamon Meredith (Green Bay Packers), CB Captain Munnerlyn (Carolina Panthers), C Jamar Nesbit (New Orleans Saints), WR Sidney Rice (Minnesota Vikings), CB Dunta Robinson (Houston Texans), S Ko Simpson (Buffalo Bills), DT Shaun Smith (Detroit Lions), K Ryan Succop (Kansas City Chiefs), CB Carlos Thomas (San Francisco 49ers), OT Travelle Wharton (Carolina Panthers), WR Troy Williamson (Jacksonville Jaguars), LB Rod Wilson (Tampa Bay Buccaneers), CB Stanley Woodson (Giants).
From Gamecock Baseball Sports Information Director Andrew Kitick:
A pair of Gamecock baseball greats going at it this afternoon in Baltimore.
Brian Roberts (‘99) with the Orioles and Landon Powell (‘01-02-03-04) with the A’s up against each other. Powell already has a two-run homer in the game off former Clemson Tiger Jason Berken.