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#StanfordNFL Week 13: Men of the Year

Dec 8, 2021


Men of the Year

On Monday, a pair of #StanfordNFL alumni were named nominees for the prestigious Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. Harrison Phillips of the Buffalo Bills and Justin Reid of the Houston Texans were selected as their respective team's nominees. Stanford is one of two programs to have multiple alumni be nominees for the Walter Payton Man of the Year Award. 

During the weekend, Phillips and Reid also made their presence known on the football field:

  • In addition to being named a nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award, Harrison Phillips made seven tackles with a TFL for Buffalo on Monday Night Football. Earlier in the week it was made public that Phillips has been playing with a torn PCL this season.
  • Safety Justin Reid started and made seven tackles while allowing no receptions in coverage, with a special teams tackle, for the Texans on Sunday. On Tuesday morning he was named a nominee for the Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year Award.

Okereke Makes the Difference

Third year linebacker Bobby Okereke continued to make his case for the Pro Bowl with a great performance in Indianapolis' 31-0 win over the Texans. Okereke posted an 82.8 tackling grade according to PFF and racked up six tackles, four solo, and a QB hurry. Okereke also wore specialized cleats in partnership with Project Healthy Minds. 

Quick Hitters

  • Cornerback Paulson Adebo made one tackle while starting in New Orleans' 27-17 loss to the Cowboys.
  • Wide receiver J.J. Arcega-Whiteside saw the field for 20-percent of the Eagles offensive snaps, and 62-percent of their special teams snaps.
  • Facing 55 mph gusts in Buffalo, punter Jake Bailey still managed to fire off a 71-yard punt in New England's 14-10 win over the Bills. Bailey averaged 42.0 yards per punt off six punts.
  • Rookie offensive lineman Drew Dalman played 29 total snaps in a 30-17 loss to the Buccaneers, with 26 being on offense.
  • Tight end Zach Ertz started and made a 10-yard reception for the Cardinals in a 33-22 win over the Bears. 
  • Simi Fehoko returned to the field for 17 total snaps in the Cowboys' 27-17 win over the Saints on Sunday.
  • Philadelphia Eagles offensive lineman Nate Herbig earned a 77.3 grade in pass blocking by PFF in a 33-18 win over the Jets. Herbig allowed only one QB hurry with zero sacks or QB hits in the start. 
  • Wide receiver Trenton Irwin had a five-yard punt return for the Bengals in a 41-22 loss to the Chargers.
  • Walker Little played one snap for the Jaguars in a loss to the Rams.
  • Quarterback Davis Mills came off the bench for the Texans in a loss to the Colts, passing for 49 yards and using his legs to run for 11 yards on two attempts.
  • Ty Montgomery was all over the field for the Saints with 30 all-purpose yards on eight touches and made a special teams tackle in a 27-17 loss to Dallas.
  • Tight end Colby Parkinson played 10% of the Seahawks offensive snaps and 45% of their special teams snaps in a 30-23 win over San Francisco. 
  • Tight end Dalton Schultz caught all five of his targets for 43 yards in a start to lead the Cowboys to a 27-17 victory over New Orleans.
  • Michael Thomas played 70% of Cincinnati's snaps on special teams making one tackle in a 41-22 loss to the Chargers.
  • Defensive tackle Solomon Thomas had a QB hit and four tackles in a two-point loss to Washington.
  • Second year defensive end Casey Toohill again cracked the starting lineup and had a QB hit and a QB hurry to help Washington to a 17-15 win over the Raiders on Sunday.
  • Cameron Flemming was activated but did not see the field for the Broncos, while James Vaughters was inactive for the Falcons this week.
  • Tight end Austin Hooper (Cleveland Browns) enjoyed a bye week in Week 13.