Spartans in the NFL (Week 17)

Dec 31, 2012 SSN Staff | View Comments

Brian Hoyer learned from a couple of the best minds in the NFL during the first three years of his NFL career in New England. While every quarterback wants to be the starter, it wasn't too bad of a gig for Hoyer, learning under Tom Brady and coach Bill Belichick.

But finally, after bouncing around from team to team at the end of the 2012 season, Hoyer made his first career start on Sunday. It appears that Hoyer did an admirable job for the hapless Cardinals offense, leading his team to 13 points at San Francisco.

On the day, the former Spartan quarterback completed 19-of-34 passes for 225 yards, one touchdown and one interception. His touchdown pass was a 37-yard, fourth quarter strike to Michael Floyd - Arizona's first touchdown pass in seven games.

For Hoyer's sake, here's hoping that his first career start finds him a landing spot on an NFL roster for the 2013 season.

Follow the link to check out his touchdown pass on Sunday (VIDEO)

TOP SPARTAN PERFORMERS

Plaxico Burress WR (PIT) - 2 receptions, 24 yards and 1 TD in Pittsburgh's 24-10 victory over Cleveland.
Season Totals: 3 receptions, 42 yards, 1 TD

Here's what Plax's TD looked like (VIDEO)

Kirk Cousins QB (WSH)
- Did not play in Washing's NFC East clinching 28-18 victory over Dallas.
Season Totals: 33-for-46 (68.8%), 466, 4 TD, 3 INT

Kellen Davis TE (CHI) - Did not make a reception in Chicago's 26-24 victory at Detroit.
Season Totals: 19 catches, 229 yards, 2 TD.

Brandon Fields P (MIA)
- 5 punt, 49.6 yard average, including three inside the 20, in Miami's 28-0 loss at New England
Season Totals: 74 punts, 50.2 avg., 29 inside 20, 3 tackles

Brian Hoyer QB (ARI) - In his first career regular season start, Hoyer completed 19-of-34 passes for 225 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT, in Arizona's 27-13 loss at San Francisco.
Season Totals: 30-for-53, 330 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT.

Keshawn Martin WR (HOU) - Returned 3 kicks for 93 yards (long of 38) and 1 punt for 23 yards in Houston's 28-16 defeat at Indianapolis. He did not make a reception.
Season Totals: 10 receptions, 85 yards, 1 TD. 4 carries, 42 yards. 22 punt returns, 267 yards (long of 71 yards). 31 kickoff returns, 741 yards (long of 54).

Domata Peko DT (CIN) - Recorded 6 tackles in Cincinnati's 23-17 win over Baltimore.
Season Totals: 53 tackles, including 2 sacks.

Kevin Vickerson DT (DEN) - Recorded 5 stops in Denver's 38-3 victory over Kansas City.
Season Totals: 40 tackles, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble

Jerel Worthy DT (GB) - Made 1 tackle, before being carted off the field due to injury in Green Bay's 37-34 loss at Minnesota.
Season Totals: 14 tackles, including 2.5 sacks.

OTHER SPARTANS IN THE NFL

Garrett Celek TE (SF) - Did not make a reception, but saw the field on special teams in San Fran's 27-13 victory over Arizona.
Season Totals: 4 receptions, 51 yards

Kyle Cook C (CIN) - Played center in Cincinnati's 23-17 victory over Baltimore.

Greg Jones LB (Jac) - Made 2 tackles in Jacksonville's 38-20 loss to Tennessee.
Season Totals: 4 tackles

Brandon McKinney DT (IND) - Will miss the season with ACL tear

Javon Ringer RB (TEN) - Injured Reserve.
Season Totals: 2 rushes, 14 yards. 3 receptions, 12 yards.

Trenton Robinson FS (SF) - DNP in San Francisco's 27-13 win over Arizona.

Eric Smith S (NYJ) - Recorded 4 tackles in New York's 28-9 loss at Buffalo.
Season Totals: 16 total tackles, 1 INT.

Drew Stanton QB (IND) - DNP, in Indy's 28-16 victory over Houston.