by Chris Boline

Each week The Nevada Sagebrush will take a look at former Wolf Pack players in the National Football League. The week four edition is highlighted by the return of former Wolf Pack signal-caller Colin Kaepernick.


Colin Kaepernick Quarterback, San Francisco 49ers

Following a disappointing two-week stretch that saw San Francisco lose to both the Chicago Bears and Arizona Cardinals, Kaepernick and the 49ers rebounded in a big way against the undefeated Eagles. The quarterback rallied his team from an 11-point deficit to knock off Philadelphia for the first victory ever at their new home, Levi’s Stadium. The former second-round pick finished with 276 total yards, two touchdowns and steered the 49ers back to .500 on the year.

Duke Williams Safety, Buffalo Bills

In his fourth game of the season, Williams outperformed secondary mate Da’Norris Searcy by registering four tackles to Searcy’s three and has three more total tackles on the year than the man starting ahead of him. Searcy has also been hampered by an ankle injury as of late so this has given Williams the opportunity for more playing time for the 26th Bills’ pass defense.

 Rishard Matthews Wide Receiver, Miami Dolphins

Matthews recorded his highest receiving total of the season in a 38-14 obliteration of the Oakland Raiders in London. The former Nevada standout finished with 27 total receiving yards, including a 23-yard scamper that finished with him running over future Hall of Famer Charles Woodson. While Matthews’ numbers have dwindled from last year’s breakout season, he will have a great chance next week to solidify himself against the stingy secondary of the Green Bay Packers.

Honorable Mention Zach Sudfeld Tight End, New York Jets

While Sudfeld didn’t record any stats this week, his numbers might pick up soon if Michael Vick replaces Geno Smith at quarterback like many are speculating.

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