The Monday Morning #ProCanes report will weed through all the NFL highlights and news to bring you the information you care about the most... what the former University of Miami Hurricanes did during the week prior. In the midst of another dominating performance for Arizona, defensive end Calais Campbell was carted off the field after a nasty collision during his team’s matchup with San Francisco. Initial scans and results in a local Bay Area hospital were positive, however, and Campbell himself tweeted a thank you note to all supporters last night, saying “I am feeling good and anxious to return.” Despite the injury scare at Candlestick Park, Week Six proved to be another success for #ProCanes across the NFL.
Andre Johnson (Houston Texans) – seven catches, 88 yards
Not much has gone right for Houston in 2013, but veteran receiver Andre Johnson has still managed to deliver for a struggling Texans offense. In a blowout loss to St. Louis Sunday, Johnson led all pass-catchers with seven catches and 88 yards. The 11th-year veteran is on pace for his seventh career 1,000-yard season with 495 yards on 44 receptions through Week Six. Andre, who currently ranks eighth in receiving yards, is less than 200 yards away from moving past fellow #ProCanes legend Michael Irvin for 21st place in all-time NFL receiving yards.
Frank Gore (San Francisco) – 25 carries, 101 yards
Entering Sunday, the 49ers had a 26-7 record in games when running back Frank Gore rushed for 100 yards or more. They tacked on another win to that record Sunday, riding the shoulders of their ninth-year running back’s 101-yard performance to a 32-20 win over divisional rival Arizona. Gore, who ranks third among active running backs and 33rd all-time in career rushing yards (9,316), had a vintage grinding performance. He is less than 700 yards short of becoming the first running back in San Francisco history, and just the 27th in league history, to eclipse 10,000 career rushing yards.
Video Highlights: 15-Yard Scamper | 32-Yard Rumble
Jon Beason (New York Giants) – 12 total tackles
Making his first start at middle linebacker in more than a year, Jon Beason had a dominant performance in the New York Giants’ 27-21 loss to Chicago Thursday night. Beason, who missed all of 2011 with a ruptured Achilles and played in just four games in 2012 while recovering from two separate surgeries, was traded to the Giants on Oct. 4. He had 11 solo stops and 12 total tackles in his team’s loss to Chicago, displaying the type of quickness and tackling capabilities that earned him three straight Pro Bowl berths from 2008-2010.
TheUFootball.com #ProCanes Interview: Calais Campbell
(interview conducted by Max Strauss)
HurricaneSports.com: Even with your busy schedule as a professional football player in the NFL, do you still follow the Hurricanes on Saturdays?
Calais Campbell: "Of course. On Saturdays, everyone in the locker room is cheering for their own teams. There is a lot of trash-talking going on. I'm a big fan of the Hurricanes, and always have been, since I was a player there. Now, seeing the team and how good they're doing, I get a chance to talk some trash, so it's always fun."
HurricaneSports.com: Are there former Hurricanes teammates that you are still close with and speak with regularly? If so, who are they?
CC: "We all live in different areas, so I wouldn't say see regularly, but we all talk especially during football games. But, Jon Beason is still a good friend of mine, Antrel Rolle is a good friend of mine. Eric Winston, Chris Myers, those guys. I try to talk to and keep a relationship with them. There are also a lot of guys I talk to who aren't playing anymore too. There are also guys like Andre Johnson, Ed Reed, who we always talk about the U. I've talked with Michael Irvin about the Canes too, it's a good way to stay connected and bonded."
HS.com: How do you think being a Miami Hurricane has prepared you for life in the NFL?
CC: "It does a really good job. I think one of the things about the Miami Hurricanes program is that we treat it like an NFL program. Everything we do from how practice goes, the coaches coach, it is like the way it's done in the NFL. I've talked to other guys from other schools and it's a big adjustment for them, but for me, personally, going from college to the NFL, we have the same exact routine, the only thing different was that I attended classes."
HS.com: Do you have any favorite memories from your time as a Hurricane? If so, which/what are they?
CC: "Lots of memories. Winning games, being able to hold up the U after you make a play, that was always a good situation. We didn't play as good as we wanted to during my redshirt sophomore season. We played in the MPC Computers Bowl.
"In the banquet afterwards, Coach Coker gave me the Most Valuable Player award. That was really cool, and going to the locker rooms now or going to the facilities, I see my name on the wall where Ray Lewis is, where Michael Irvin is, where Ed Reed is, where Andre Johnson is, where Warren Sapp is, all of these superstar players that I looked up to, as a kid, and look up to now, and my name is on the wall with theirs. That's huge. That means a lot to me."