Bass, Zuerlein thrive; Hill placed on waivers
By Mika Cummins
October 21, 2013
There are three former Western football players currently playing at the next level, in the NFL.
Greg Zuerlein is in his second year of professional football. Zuerlein is a part of the St. Louis Rams’ active roster as a kicker, wearing no.4.
In 2012, Zuerlein had 67 kickoffs, 37 being touchbacks and the other 30 were returned for an average of 24.3 yards. His 67 kickoffs were for a collective 4,498 yards, averaging 67.1 yards per kick. He also made 23 of his 31 field goal attempts, with his longest being from 60 yards out. Of his eight missed, two were between 30-39 yards and the rest were from 50 or more yards out. Zuerlein also made all 26 of his extra point attempts.
So far this season, Zuerlein has picked up right where he left off last season. He has 34 kickoffs for 2,267 yards, each kick being an average of 66.7 yards. Out of those, 22 have been touchbacks, and 11 have been returned for an average of 24.0 yards. Zuerlein has been perfect so far when it comes to field goals, making all 11 of his attempts. His longest so far has been from 48 yards out. He has also been perfect once again in his extra point attempts, making all 15.
From last year’s roster, two Griffons are now in their rookie seasons as NFL players.
David Bass is now a part of the Chicago Bears active roster as a defensive end, wearing no.91. While he has only played three games so far with the Bears, the 6’, 256 pound player has made his mark early. Bass has already racked up five solo tackles in his first three games with Chicago.
Michael Hill was signed as a running back to the Green Bay Packers roster a couple weeks ago. Unfortunately, the former Western star was cut a few days ago so the Packers could make room on their 53-man roster for rookie wide receiver Chris Harper, who they picked up from the San Francisco 49ers. But, in his two games with the Packers, Hill had one reception for 19 yards. He is now a free agent.
These three players have made a path for all Western athletes to showcase their talents at the next level.
Keep an eye out for Bass, Hill and Zuerlein during the remainder of the NFL season.