By Connor Link, UK Athletics
This week in the NFL, two former Kentucky Wildcats rejoined the professional ranks. Fullback John Conner (who was selected in the fifth round of the 2010 NFL Draft) re-signed with the team that originally drafted him, the New York Jets. Safety Winston Guy, who was released by the Jacksonville Jaguars despite starting the first three games of the season, signed to the Indianapolis Colts' practice squad.
Keeping up the good spirits, Denver Broncos linebacker Danny Trevathan made his 2014 season debut after suffering a knee injury on Aug. 12. Tennessee Titans rookie linebacker Avery Williamson also recorded the first start of his NFL career. UK's 11 active NFL alumni posted a 6-5 record in Week 5, while five Cats stood out amongst the rest:
Cats in the Spotlight
Randall Cobb | #18 WR | Green Bay Packers (3-2)
Once again, the Packers won by double digits over a division rival. Once again, Randall Cobb scored a touchdown. Coupled with three receptions for 34 yards, Cobb scored his sixth touchdown of the season (good for second best in the NFL). The Packers defeated the Minnesota Vikings, 42-10. The Packers played on Thursday night, allowing Cobb to make the weekend trip to Lexington for UK's upset win over South Carolina on Saturday.
Stevie Johnson | #13 WR | San Francisco 49ers (3-2)
For the second consecutive week, it took Stevie Johnson only one reception to make his way into the end zone. Johnson caught a nine-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Colin Kaepernick in the game's second quarter. The 49ers defeated the Kansas City Chiefs by a score of 22-17.
Tim Masthay | #8 P | Green Bay Packers (3-2)
After being called upon for a season-high six punts, Tim Masthay was able to successfully pin all but one inside the 20-yard-line. Masthay also netted his longest punt of the season (58 yards) in the Packers' win.
For his efforts, Masthay was named Sports Illustrated's MMQB Special Teams Co-Player of the Week.
Danny Trevathan | #59 OLB | Denver Broncos (3-1)
Returning from a left tibia fracture that kept him on the sidelines for the first three games of the season, Danny Trevathan recorded six solo tackles and one assisted tackle in the Broncos' 41-20 win over the Arizona Cardinals.
Avery Williamson | #54 ILB | Tennessee Titans (1-4)
Despite Williamson's six solo tackles and one assist for the second week in a row, the Titans blew a 25-point lead in a 29-28 loss to the Cleveland Browns.