Buckeyes in the NFL, Week Five: Cordle and Nugent Deflecting Footballs with Varying Degrees of Success

By Mike Young on October 7, 2013 at 11:15a

A tidy summary of the Giants season – in animated form – is pictured above. Jim Cordle is trying to make an impact while filling in at center, but Eli Manning’s passes are making an impact on him.

If Eleven Warriors had a player of the week award, it might go to a kicker. That's usually considered nonsensical, but, compared to a former Buckeye changing his legal surname, it’s not.

An ex-Buckeye defensive back continues to make big plays for his undefeated squad. Plus, we have stats from all former Buckeyes in the NFL.

Nugent Carrying Cincinnati Offense

Over their last eight quarters, the Bengals have reached the end zone once. If not for 2004 Lou Groza Award winner Mike Nugent, the Bengals offense would be considered as big a disaster as the lease Hamilton County signed for Paul Brown Stadium.

In the last two games, Nugent has contributed 13 of the team’s 19 total points. Fortunately, it’s not like Nugent’s hard work is being wasted on two losing efforts.

The Bengals did lose to the Browns, last week, but followed that up with a 13-6 victory over the Patriots.


Nugent – and to a lesser extent, the Cincinnati defense – dominated Sunday’s game, handing New England its first loss of the season. The former Buckeye kicker nailed a 39-yarder and, later, a 50-yard field goal, before the Bengals finally supported him with a BenJarvus Green-Ellis touchdown.

They’ll need to put up some more points when they take on Buffalo Detroit, in two weeks.

What NASA, the FDA and Donte Whitner Have in Common

The “W” in Donte Whitner’s name will not be furloughed, yet, but Whitner is already attempting to promote his name change.

During NBC’s Sunday Night Football player introduction montage, Whitner said, "Donte Hitner, Glenville High School." Even though he didn’t declare his Buckeye roots, we still claim him.

As far as the family name goes, he begged his mom to change the it, both recently and in the offseason.

"I'm forever going to be her son and her little boy, so I have to listen to what she says," Whitner said, in a conference call with the Houston media. "After all of these hits and people talking about it, I asked her again three nights ago."

On the field, he became Donte Stripner (hey-oh) after ripping the ball out of Texans running back Ben Tate’s hands. 

Highlight of the Week

The fatfoul-mouthedWhite-Russian-drinking-wannabe masquerading as the Saints defensive coordinator, has turned Malcolm Jenkins into a monster.

Jenkins is third on the team in tackles, has an interception and – as is the case with Ryan’s defenses – unafraid to destroy the quarterback from his safety spot.

How ex-Buckeyes Fared During Week Five 

Player team position stats/Notes
Mike Adams Pittsburgh Steelers OT Steelers on bye week, narrowly escaping another loss
Will Allen Dallas Cowboys S Injury replacement, recording 1 tackle in loss to Broncos
Alex Boone San Francisco 49ers OG Lead blocker on this Fred Gore run in win over Texans
Michael Brewster Jacksonville Jaguars C Backup to Brad Meester in, guess what, a loss to Rams 
Chimdi Chekwa Oakland Raiders CB Recovered muffed punt in win over Chargers
Kurt Coleman Philadelphia Eagles DB 1 tackle in win over Giants and starring in a commercial
Jim Cordle New York Giants C Started again, Giants lost again. This time to Eagles.
Nate Ebner New England Patriots DB 1 tackle in return to Ohio and loss to Bengals
Ted Ginn Jr. Carolina Panthers WR 4 rec, 78 yds in loss to Cardinals
Johnathan Hankins New York Giants DT Active for first time, records 5 tackles in loss to Eagles
Brian Hartline Miami Dolphins WR 4 rec, 74 yds in loss to Ravens
Ben Hartsock Carolina Panthers TE 1 holding call, 1 irrationally angry fan, 1 loss to Cards
A.J. Hawk Green Bay Packers LB Led team with 9 tackles in win over Lions 
Cameron Heyward Pittsburgh Steelers DE Steelers on bye, no one to lose to this week 
Santonio Holmes New York Jets WR Plays tonight vs Falcons 
Malcolm Jenkins New Orleans Saints S 3 tackles, sack forces fumble in win over Bears
James Laurinaitis St. Louis Rams LB Led team with 8 tackles, 1 INT, 1 TFL, 1 pass deflected
Nick Mangold New York Jets C Plays tonight vs Falcons
Jake McQuaide St. Louis Rams LS Snapper on 2 FGs, 4 XPs in win over Jaguars
Mike Nugent Cincinnati Bengals K 2 FGs, 1 XP in win over Patriots
Ryan Pickett Green Bay Packers DT Named defensive captain, no stats in win over Lions
DeVier Posey Houston Texans WR 1 rec, 5 yds in loss to 49ers
Terrelle Pryor Oakland Raiders QB Nick Siciliano's tutelage paying off: 18-23, 221 yds, 2 TDs
Dane Sanzenbacher Cincinnati Bengals WR Active in win over Patriots
John Simon Baltimore Ravens LB Called out by team's official Twitter account in win
Rob Sims Detroit Lions OG Lions had trouble moving ball in loss to Packers
Donte Whitner San Francisco 49ers S 3 tackles, 1 forced fumble in win over Texans

Inactive: None 


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dwcbuckeye's picture

Thanks for the update.  Very happy for Pryor.  I live out in SF and listen to the local sports radio show on my drive in to work.  These guys have been anti-Pryor since he arrived.  They are only now and very grudgingly admitting that maybe he can play - a little. 

mmontell's picture

Mark Sanchez is praying that play is worse than the infamous butt fumble. Maybe if the pass would've been intercepted for a touchdown.


Amalgamate's picture

LOL. Butt fumble will forever live in Jets/NFL lore. I can't see anything replacing that on the most embarrassing (no pun intended) plays list for a long while. 

GoBucks713's picture

The Houndie is Dead. Long Live the Houndie!

-The Aristocrats!

gumtape's picture

I nominate GoBucks713 to award a Houndie every week.

High and tight boo boo

GoBucks713's picture

I'd Have to go with TP this week.

-The Aristocrats!

whobdis's picture

The video of Cordle is kind of weird..he's just standing there using no leverage at all.

Amalgamate's picture

Agreed. The fact that Eli even attempted the pass is weirder. I guess that helps to explain all of his INT's this year. Poor decision-making...

ScarletGray43157's picture

I saw that too.  Perfect example of the opposite of a balanced athletic stance - knees not bent at all. 
I'm still amazed that Cordle is in the league.

In old Ohio there's a team that's known throughout the land...

Hovenaut's picture

Enjoy reading these updates on the pro Buckeyes, happy to read so many are doing well.

Watched the first half of the Oak-SD game, TP just has transformed the Raiders, he's really looking the part right now.

Buckeye in Illini country's picture

"If Eleven Warriors had a player of the week award, it might go to a kicker."
Bring back the Houndie!

Columbus to Pasadena: 35 hours.  "We're on a road trip through the desert looking for strippers and cocaine... and Rose Bowl wins!"

jfunk's picture

Seriously! Was there ever an explanation as to why The Houndie went away? Was it to focus more on the college aspect, was it catering to the new people who didn't get the joke? I want answers!

Scotch: It may be too early to drink it, yes; but people it is never to early to think about it.

AndyVance's picture

Had the same reaction: 11W does have a POW award, ant it's called THE HOUNDIE! Release the Houndie!

ToledoBuckeye's picture

Why aren't Monday night games included?  The saints played last Monday night and Jenkins had a solid game.  I guess the Monday night games get left off!

"Anything easy ain't worth a damn." - Woody Hayes

branz's picture

JB Shugarts: 1 false start

MassiveAttack's picture

Ha-ha, I see what you did there. ^^

The Ohio State University - "Haters love us!"

Arizona_Buckeye's picture

As a Charger fan - I was actually elated that Terrelle did fantastic last night/this morning!  I have always been a big Pryor fan and hope he does very well, even if it is for the hated Raiders!!!

The best thing about Pastafarianism? It is not only acceptable, but advisable, to be heavily sauced

Unky Buck's picture

The fat, foul-mouthed, White-Russian-drinking-wannabe masquerading as the Saints defensive coordinator

I figured this for a DJ comment. Still rings incredibly true though!

Rock over London; Rock on Chicago. Timex: It takes a lickin' but keeps on tickin'

AndyVance's picture

I didn't know where Rob Ryan was coaching these days until I read that comment, but I understood immediately who he was talking about :)

Unky Buck's picture

I thought the exact same thing. It could be none other than Mr. Rob Ryan.

Rock over London; Rock on Chicago. Timex: It takes a lickin' but keeps on tickin'


"Sherman ran an option play right through the south" - Greatest Civil War analogy EVER.

BeijingBucks's picture

Well that's just DJs opinion man...

None can love freedom heartily, but good men; the rest love not freedom, but license. ~ John Milton

ScarletGray43157's picture

Alex Boone  San Francisco 49ers  OG  Lead blocker on this Fred Gore run in win over Texans
First Whitner changes his name and now Gore?  What going on in SF???

In old Ohio there's a team that's known throughout the land...

Buckeye_Mafia's picture

During NBC’s Sunday Night Football player introduction montage, Whitner said, "Donte Hitner, Glenville High School." Even though he didn’t declare his Buckeye roots, we still claim him.

Yeah.  I was rather disappointed with Whitner when he did that. 
And it was awesome watching Pryor on Sunday...he's turning into the quarterback we all wanted at tOSU...

"At critical moments throughout the season, we learned about the character of this football team.  This was a team of true character, of true resilience." -- President Barack Obama