Three Former B-CU Stars In One NFL Game Sunday
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By Dan Ryan
Sunday's Chicago Bears versus Jacksonville Jaguars game pits former Bethune-Cookman stars Eric Weems and Rasheen Mathis against each other, as well as Ryan Davis' NFL debut. Just don't expect to see All-Pro Wildcats going mano-y-mano very often.
WHY NOT? Yes, Weems plays receiver for the Bears and Mathis has been a stalwart in the Jaguars' secondary for a decade. But since Weems normally lines up in the slot and Mathis roams the defensive backfield as a cornerback, it would take some non-traditional package by the Bears or bizarre Jay Cutler sequence for the two former Wildcats to greet each other in a fashion other than a handshake.
It's more likely that Weems will be greeted in a football fashion by Davis, who was called up from the Jaguars' practice squad to the 53-man roster this week.
WEEMS UPDATE: The Seabreeze HS product made a special teams tackle in the Bears' 34-18 victory over Dallas Monday night. He got some time in as a receiver and a little ESPN air time when he celebrated alongside Brandon Marshall's touchdown reception. After five seasons in Atlanta, Weems has spent most of this season in an apprentice role under return specialist legend Devon Hester.
MATHIS UPDATE: The 2002 FCS Defensive Player of the Year has eight tackles and three pass break-ups in four games this season. He played a key role in helping Jacksonville preserve its 22-17 victory at Indianapolis two weeks ago.
DAVIS UPDATE: Last year's Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Defensive Player Of The Year had two preseason sacks before being assigned to Jacksonville's practice squad.
SUNDAY CAT HISTORY #1: The last time two former Wildcats were on opposite teams on the same NFL play was January 15, 2011 when Weems returned a kickoff for a NFL-playoff record 102 yards for the Falcons against the Green Bay Packers. Nick Collins couldn't run down Weems on the play, but had the last laugh as the Packers posted a 45-21 victory in their run to winning Super Bowl XLV.
SUNDAY CAT HISTORY #2: To get the last time two Bethune-Cookman players lined on opposite sides of the ball on a play from scrimmage, you have to go to September 15, 1985 when Leon Gonzales (wide receiver for the Dallas Cowboys) and John Bostic (defensive lineman for Detroit Lions) faced off. The Lions won that game 26-21.
SUNDAY CAT HISTORY #3: The last time an NFL game featured three former Wildcats? December 3, 1978 when the Miami Dolphins with Larry Little and Charles Cornelius defeated Terry Anderosn and the Washington Redskins 16-0 at RFK Stadium. Anderson started his career with the Dolphins before moving on to the Redskins and San Francisco 49ers.
SUNDAY CAT HISTORY #4: The last time an NFL team had former Wildcats as teammates was 1980 when Cornelius and Anderson's careers took them to the pre Joe Montana days in San Francisco.
SUNDAY CAT HISTORY #5: Davis will become the 39th former Wildcat to see action in an NFL regular season game.