As the NFL postseason heads into Week 2, two former Minutemen reached the Wildcard Weekend in James Ihedigbo (Baltimore Ravens) and Jeromy Miles (Cincinnati Bengals). For Ihedigbo, this marks the fourth straight year he has reached the NFL playoffs. Victor Cruz continues to prepare for the Pro Bowl, while John Griffina nd Travis Tripucka each signed future contracts with the New York Jets.
James Ihedigbo - Baltimore Ravens
Advanced to Divisional Playoffs with 24-9 win over Colts; will face Broncos on Saturday, Jan. 12 ... Has made the playoffs in each of his four NFL seasons playing in 10 total postseason games ... Played in all 16 games with the Baltimore Ravens with three starts during the regular season ... Has 25 total tackles including 18 solo, one sack and one pass defended ... Started the last three games of the regular season (vs. Denver, vs. New York, and at Cincinnati) ... Had a season-high seven tackles in loss at Denver ... Had four tackles in win over New York ... Posted his only sacks of the year in win at Pittsburgh ... Had one tackle in Wild Card Play-Off win against Indianapolis
Jeromy Miles - Cincinnati Bengals
Miles and the Bengals lost 19-13 to the Texans ... Played in all 16 games regular-season games, with a start Sept. 16 vs. Cleveland, and had 15 tackles on defense ... Totaled 15 special teams tackles (second on team) ... Three tackles Sept. 10 at Baltimore ... Seven tackles and a pass defensed Sept 16 vs. Cleveland ... Recorded one tackle on defense Nov. 18 at Kansas City, along with team-high three tackles on special teams ... Tied for team lead in special teams tackles (two) Dec. 23 at Pittsburgh ... On Dec. 30 vs. Baltimore, had four tackles on defense and two on special teams ... Played in all four preseason games and recorded team-leading 19 tackles, along with an INT, three passes defensed and a forced fumble.
Victor Cruz - New York Giants - Will Play In The Pro Bowl On Jan. 27
Became third player in UMass history (Greg Landry & Milt Morin) to be named to the NFL Pro Bowl after starting all 16 games with the Giants in 2012 ... had 86 receptions for 1,092 yards and 10 touchdowns ... second straight season with 1,000+ yards receiving and his 10 TDs was one better than his rookie season in 2009 ... Had five games with 100+ receiving yards including a season-high 179 yards in win over Tampa Bay ... Scored three touchdowns on just five receptions for 50 yards in win over Cleveland.
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Jeremy Cain - Jacksonville Jaguars
Played in 16 games with 3 total tackles as the Jaguars' longsnapper; completed his 7th NFL season
Josh Samuda - Miami Dolphins
Second team center during his rookie season with Miami.
Emil Igwenagu - Philadelphia Eagles
After being signed as a free agent and spending weeks 1-14 on the practice squad, Igwenagu was signed to the Eagles' active roster on Dec. 12 ... played in three games with a start at Washington on Dec. 23 ... Played against former Minutemen Jeromy Miles on Dec. 13 against Cincinnati and Victor Cruz at the New York Giants on Dec. 30 ... played both fullback and tightend.
Vladimir Ducasse - New York Jets
Second team guard finished his third season with New York; played in 16 games
John Griffin - New York Jets
Signed to future contract on Dec. 28, 2012...Signed to practice squad on Nov. 5, 2012 after participating in training camp before being released before the start of the regular season...Played in season finale at Buffalo.