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. After a dominant Week 9 that saw #ProCanes rack up nearly 800 yards of offense and seven touchdowns, Hurricanes across the NFL had a tough act to follow Sunday. Veteran wide receiver Andre Johnson did his part, hauling in two touchdowns, while second-year linebacker Colin McCarthy and veteran safety Antrel Rolle put on dominant defensive performances for their respective teams.
Antrel Rolle (New York Giants) – 12 tackles, one sack
New York’s play has been anything but consistent in 2013, but veteran safety Antrel Rolle has served as a pillar on defense for a team on the upswing. Rolle’s 12-tackle game against Oakland, including a fourth-quarter sack of Raiders’ quarterback Terrelle Pryor that forced a punt, guided the Giants to a 24-20 win. With his impressive showing, Rolle climbed into first place in tackles for the Giants with 53, and is now one of just three players on the team’s defense with at least two sacks. The Homestead, Fla., native also leads the Giants in passes defended (six) and interceptions (three).
Video Highlights: Fourth-Quarter Sack
Andre Johnson (Houston Texans) – five catches, 37 yards, two touchdowns
After enjoying a career day last time out, Houston’s 11th-year wideout once again proved why he remains among the league’s elite with two eye-popping touchdowns in a disappointing defeat to Arizona. Johnson’s incredible concentration on a tipped pass in the corner of the endzone brought the Texans within a field goal in the fourth quarter, while his first touchdown grab on the day – a remarkable extension and toe-tap – tied the game at 7-7 in the first quarter. The multi-touchdown performance marked the second straight for Johnson, who hauled in three touchdowns last week against Indianapolis. He now ranks fourth in NFL receiving yards with 850 this season.
Video Highlights: Concentration | Extension for the TD
Leonard Hankerson (Washington Redskins) – five catches, 61 yards
Washington’s third-year wide receiver has made impressive progress in recent weeks, and enjoyed another strong outing in his team’s disappointing 34-27 defeat. Hankerson hauled in five passes for the second consecutive week, and recorded his second-highest yardage output of the season with 61 yards. Hankerson has combined totals of 10 catches and 116 yards over the past two weeks, and ranks third on the Redskins with 29 receptions and 370 receiving yards this season. He is on track to surpass his career-best marks in receptions (38) and yards (543), both set in 2012.
Colin McCarthy (Tennessee Titans) – seven tackles, one forced fumble, one interception
Though Tennessee had little to brag about after Sunday’s loss to previously winless Jacksonville, third-year linebacker Colin McCarthy had a strong performance in the middle of the Titans defense. McCarthy recorded his third career interception with little effort in the second quarter, as Jaguars quarterback Chad Henne rifled the ball straight into McCarthy’s chest. He added seven tackles and a forced fumble, and now ranks seventh on the team in total tackles with 35.0 this season. McCarthy is three tackles away from surpassing his total in an injury-riddled 2012, and registered his 100th career tackle against the Jaguars.
Video Highlights: Third Career INT
TheUFootball.com #ProCanes Interview: Sean Spence
(interview conducted by Max Strauss)
HurricaneSports.com: Are there former Hurricanes teammates that you are still close with and speak with regularly? If so, who are they?
Sean Spence: "There are a bunch of guys. Brandon Harris, DeMarcus Van Dyke, Marcus Forston, Lamar Miller, Allen Bailey, Brandon Washington, all of us are still pretty close. Most of the guys that I came in with and that I left with, I still have great contact with them."
HS.com: What does it mean to be a part of #NFLU?
SS: "It means a lot. It just shows how many players that we have in the NFL, and what that program produces. I think we're in the top five for most players in the NFL. That means a lot and it just speaks volumes from the University about who comes from there."
HS.com: How do you think being a Miami Hurricane has prepared you for life in the NFL?
SS: "It made me super competitive. It made me disciplined. It made me account for doing the right things and that I was doing so at all times, no matter who was watching."
HS.com: Do you have any favorite memories from your time as a Hurricane?
SS: "It's hard. I had so many great ones with all my friends. It's hard to pick out one."