By Chadd Cripe
© 2012 Idaho Statesman
Fifteen former Boise State football players appeared in NFL games during the 2011 season. Four are on playoff teams — Titus Young (Lions), Korey Hall (Saints), Ryan Clady (Broncos) and Chris Carr (Ravens).
Here’s a look at how they fared:
— CB Brandyn Thompson (Redskins) made two tackles in six games as a rookie seventh-round draft pick.
— S Jeron Johnson (Seahawks) made six tackles in eight games as an undrafted rookie.
— S Winston Venable (Bears) made eight tackles in 12 games as an undrafted rookie.
— WR Titus Young (Lions) made 48 catches for 607 yards and six touchdowns as a rookie second-round draft pick. He played in all 16 games.
— WR Austin Pettis (Rams) made 27 catches for 256 yards and averaged 9.3 yards on punt returns in 12 games as a rookie third-round draft pick. He was suspended for four games for a violation of league rules on performance-enhancing drugs. His suspension includes the first two games of 2012.
— WR Legedu Naanee (Panthers) made a career-high 44 catches for 467 yards and a touchdown. He also completed a 27-yard pass. Naanee started 10 of his 15 games and missed the season finale with a foot injury.
— FB Richie Brockel (Panthers) rushed three times for 13 yards and a TD and had three catches for 13 yards in 11 games (two starts). This was his first season on an active roster.
— FB Korey Hall (Saints), who left the Packers as a free agent, made five tackles in 13 games. He didn’t get the ball on offense.
— OL Daryn Colledge (Cardinals), who also left the Packers, started all 16 games for the fourth straight year.
— OL Ryan Clady (Broncos) also started all 16 games for the fourth straight year, his entire career.
— S Gerald Alexander (Dolphins, Jets) appeared in three games.
— CB Chris Carr (Ravens) appeared in nine games and started one, registering 19 tackles and a sack.
— S Quintin Mikell (Rams) started all 16 games after leaving the Eagles as a free agent. He collected 91 tackles, one sack, five forced fumbles and two interceptions. He has played in 139 NFL games, including at least 14 in each of his nine seasons.
— CB Orlando Scandrick (Cowboys) played in 13 games with seven starts, 49 tackles, two sacks and an interception.
— CB Kyle Wilson (Jets) started six of his 16 games. He finished with 41 tackles and two interceptions.
— Also, three players spent time on practice squads — tailback Ian Johnson (finished with the Miami Dolphins) and tight ends Ryan Winterswyk and Tommy Gallarda (both finished with the Atlanta Falcons).