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    SDSU FB: Jacks in the NFL: Zenner Returns, Witzmann Playing Time Increases

    Part of a weekly update, following the four active Jackrabbits in the National Football League. 

    Previous Weeks: Pre. Wk 1 | Pre. Wk 2 | Pre. Wk 3 | Pre. Wk 4 | Wk 1Wk. 2 | Wk. 3 | Wk. 4 | Wk. 5 | Wk. 6 | Wk. 7 | Wk. 8

    Dallas Goedert (Philadelphia Eagles) SDSU: 2014-17
    Weekly Notes: Goedert and the Eagles had their bye week last weekend. Instead, the Jackrabbit alum returned to Dana J. Dykhouse and watched SDSU roll past Missouri State.

    The Eagles have a 4-4 record and are sitting second in their respective division, the NFC East.

    Up Next: vs. Dallas Cowboys (Sunday, Nov. 11 at 7:20 p.m. CT)

    Season Notes: Caught his first TD of his NFL career against the Indianapolis Colts (Sept. 23) on a 13-yard throw behind the linebackers - Goedert ran up the right seam and settled behind the secondary ... also added his most yards (73), catches (7), and targets (7) in the game vs. the Colts ... career-long is vs. the Jacksonville Jaguars (Oct. 28) - a 32-yard grab on a play-action route that wheeled Goedert up the backside of the play en route to juke a defender and rumble into the end zone (third TD of the season, back-to-back games with a TD reception) ... nearly grabbed his first career pass as a touchdown in the first game of the NFL regular season (vs. Falcons, Sept. 6) - 19-yard pass attempt down the right sideline where Goedert caught it but was only able to get one foot in the end zone ... recorded his first career catch in the third quarter, a four-yard grab against the Falcons (Sept. 6) ... added his second TD of the season vs. the Carolina Panthers (Oct. 21) on a one-yard flag route that he cut short because the defender over-ran the route - nearly scored a few plays earlier on what would have been a 12 yard TD in the middle of the end zone but the ball was knocked out of his hands in tight coverage ... has played 174 offensive snaps (63 special teams) and has had 21 targets for 18 catches (tied for eighth most among rookies) and 188 yards (12th among rookies) and three touchdowns (tied for second among rookies) through eight games ... 2018 Preseason: scored his first touchdown in his debut preseason game, a 31-14 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers (Aug. 9) ... his most catches (four) and receiving yards (66) came in his preseason debut against the Steelers while his longest catch (28) came against the New England Patriots (Aug. 16) ... has gathered nine catches for 149 yards and one touchdown through three preseason games (132 offensive plays).

    Adam Vinatieri (Indianapolis Colts) SDSU: 1991-94
    Weekly Notes: Vinatieri and the Colts had a bye week in week nine of the regular season.

    Indianapolis has a 3-5 record and is sitting third out of four teams in its respective division, the AFC South.

    Next in the NFL record book for the Jackrabbit:

    • Games Played: currently 345 career games - fourth all-time (Jeff Feagles - third, 352; Gary Anderson - second, 353; Morten Andersen - all-time, 382) ... projected 353 games (eight more possible games this season to be played)
    • Extra-Points Attempted: currently 846 - third all-time (Morten Andersen - second, 859; George Blanda - all-time, 959) ... projected to end season with 892 (projected 46 on season, ESPN)
    • Extra-Points Made: currently 829 - third all-time (Morten Andersen - second, 894; George Blanda - all-time, 943) ... projected to end season with 871 (projected 42 on season, ESPN)
    • Field Goals Attempted: currently 679 - second all-time (Morten Andersen - all-time, 709) ... projected to end season with 711 (projected 32 on season, ESPN)


    Up Next: Vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (Sunday, Nov. 11 at noon CT)

    Season Notes: Vinatieri has gone 14-for-16 on field goal attempts and 21-for-23 on extra-point attempts, scoring 63 points, through eight NFL games in 2018 ... he is eighth overall in scoring in the NFL, and seventh in scoring among kickers through eight games ... has makes of: 21, 21, 25, 26, 28, 31, 31, 35, 36, 38, 42, 44, 51, 54 yards and missed two - 55 yards (short), 38 yards (hit left upright) ... recorded the most field goals made in a NFL career (now 573) against the Houston Texans on Sept. 30 - making a 42-yard FG in the second quarter for No. 566 ... tied Morten Andersen for most made FGs in a career (565) on Sept. 23 vs. Philadelphia Eagles on a 28-yard fourth-quarter FG ... now has the most career points scored all-time in the NFL, tying Mortern Anderson (5,544) on a 26-yard FG as time expired in the first quarter at Oakland (Oct. 28, 2018) and then chipping in a 25-yard FG with 26 seconds left in the half at Oakland (added a XP in the first and three more in the second half to finish the game with 2,550, winning 42-28 and earning the NFL's AFC Special Teams Player of the Week - first of the season) ... moved up to second all-time in FGs attempted (673) on his first attempt of the game at New England Patriots (Oct. 4, 2018) and is at 679 now - needs 709 to tie Andersen's all-time record ... surpassed George Blanda to move into fourth all-time in games played at 342 by playing the Patriots on Oct. 4, 2018 (now at 344) next on the list is Jeff Feagles at 352 and the NFL record is Morten Andersen with 382 ... Preseason: has gone 4-for-4 on field goal attempts with a season-best 57-yard field goal against the Ravens (Aug. 20) and 2-for-2 extra-point attempts through two preseason games ... made field goals from 33, 45, 51, and 57 yards.

    Career Notes: Has played in 345 games (1996-05 - NE Patriots, 2006-present - IND Colts) after the eighth NFL game this season, making 573-of-679 field goals (84.4%) with a long of 57 yards in 2002, and scored 2,550 total points ... he is 829-846 on career XPs - 98.0% (third all-time in XP attempts ... second all-time XPA: Andersen, 859; all-time: Blanda, 959) (third all-time XP made ... second all-time: Andersen, 894; all-time: Blanda, 943) ... four-time Super Bowl winning place kicker ... two-time pro-bowl starter ... two-time all-pro team selection ... nominated as the NFL 2000's All-Decade team ... he has several NFL records including: most seasons with 100-plus points (20 - 1996-2008, 2010, 2012-2017), most postseason field goals in a career (56), most consecutive games in a single postseason with three-plus field goals (4), most career points in postseason (234), most points in a single postseason (49), most field goals in a single postseason (14), most field goals in Super Bowls (7), most extra points in Super Bowls (13), most field goals in overtime (12), most consecutive field goals in NFL history (44), most Super Bowl wins by a place kicker (4), most Super Bowl appearances by a place kicker (5), most playoff games by a place kicker (30), which also ranks second of any position (Tom Brady has 37) ... the only player to score 1,000 points on two different teams (Wk 4 of 2015 season) ... recorded the most field goals made in a NFL career (now 573) against the Houston Texans on Sept. 30 - making a 42-yard FG in the second quarter for No. 566 ... tied Morten Andersen for most made FGs in a career (565) on Sept. 23 vs. Philadelphia Eagles on a 28-yard fourth-quarter FG ... now has the most career points scored all-time in the NFL, tying Mortern Anderson (5,544) on a 26-yard FG as time expired in the first quarter at Oakland (Oct. 28, 2018) and then chipping in a 25-yard FG with 26 seconds left in the half at Oakland (added a XP in the first and three more in the second half to finish the game with 2,550, winning 42-28) ... moved up to second all-time in FGs attempted (673) on his first attempt of the game at New England Patriots (Oct. 4, 2018) and is at 679 now - needs 709 to tie Andersen's all-time record ... surpassed George Blanda to move into fourth all-time in games played at 342 by playing the Patriots on Oct. 4, 2018 (now at 344) next on the list is Jeff Feagles at 352 and the NFL record is Morten Andersen with 382.

    Bryan Witzmann (Chicago Bears) SDSU: 2010-13
    Weekly Notes: Witzmann saw his first action of the season last week - playing two snaps at the end of the game after replacing injured guard Kyle Long. This week, he filled in another reserve roll against the Buffalo Bills - playing 23 offensive snaps (45 percent) in the 41-9 win.

    He helped the team accumulate 190 yards of total offense - 126 through the air and 64 on the ground - while averaging 4.1 yards per play. They put together two scoring drives in the first quarter, while the defense scored two of their own to go up 28-0 in the first half. Then put two more long scoring drives together in the second half en route to their fifth win on the season.

    Bears have since placed their season-starting guard on the injured reserved list and has Witzmann listed as the backup left and right guard.

    Up Next: Vs. Detroit Lions (Sunday, Nov. 11 at noon CT)

    Season Notes: Saw his first action of the season vs. the Jets (Oct. 28), playing two offensive snaps at guard and five snaps on special teams ... tallied his first major action vs. the Buffalo Bills (Nov. 4), playing 45% of the offensive snaps in the 41-9 win ... has played 25 offensive snaps (five special teams) through two games played this season ... signed to the Chicago Bears' 53-man roster on Oct. 8 ... waived by the Minnesota Vikings after not playing a snap with the team on Oct. 5 ... signed with the Minnesota Vikings on Monday, Sept. 10 after working out with the team on Friday ... waived by the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday, Sept. 3 ... preseason: with the Kansas City Chiefs ... the Chiefs' offense has tallied 799 offensive yards with Witzmann, including 11 scoring drives that have resulted in 60 of the 98 points scored through the four preseason games ... has competed in 152 plays as the second-string offensive guard and tackle.

    Career Notes: Witzmann signed to the Chicago Bears' 53-man roster on Oct. 8, 2018 and played his first snaps of the 2018 season on Oct. 28 vs. the Jets (two at guard, five on special teams) ... waived by the Minnesota Vikings after not playing a snap with the team on Oct. 5, 2018 ... signed with the Minnesota Vikings on Monday, Sept. 10, 2018 after working out with the team on Friday ... waived by the Kansas City Chiefs on Monday, Sept. 3, 2018 ... signed with the Houston Texans as an undrafted free agent in May, 2014 ... He was placed on injured reserve in August, 2014 and in September, 2015, Witzmann was waived by the Texans ... In September, 2015, Witzmann was signed to the New Orleans Saints' practice squad ... He was released by the Saints in November, 2015 but was re-signed in December ... He signed a futures contract with the Saints in January, 2016 and was waived in May, 2016 ... In June, 2016, Witzmann signed with the Dallas Cowboys and was released by the Cowboys in September, 2016 ... He was claimed off waivers by the Kansas City Chiefs in September, 2016 ... In July, 2017, he signed a one-year contract extension with the Chiefs through 2018 ... In 2017, Witzmann played in all 16 games, starting 13 at left guard for the Chiefs ... during the 2017 season, the Chiefs had 6,007 total offensive yards (ranking fifth in yards per game) including, 1,903 rushing yards (ninth in the league) and 4,104 passing yards (seventh in the league) ... they scored 42 touchdowns - 12 rushing and 26 passing (25.9 points per game - sixth in the NFL).

    Zach Zenner (Detriot Lions) SDSU: 2011-14
    Weekly Notes: Zach Zenner returns to Detroit officially on Nov. 6 after being waived nearly two months ago by the Lions on Sept. 12. He is not listed on the depth chart as of Wednesday

    Zenner returns to Detroit after spending the offseason and preseason with the club before spending Week 1 on the Reserve/Injured list.

    He joins the team that is 3-5 on the season through nine weeks and in last place of their respective division, the NFC North.

    Up Next: At Chicago Bears (Sunday, Nov. 11 at noon CT)

    Season Notes: Zenner signed back with the Detroit Lions on Nov. 6 after the team waived RB Ameer Abdullah ... was waived by the Detriot Lions on Sept. 12 after he was placed on the reserve/injured list on Sept. 1 ... preseason: is has been has tallied nine rushing attempts for 16 yards with a long of seven yards and one catch for 11 yards (against the New York Giants, Aug. 17) through the preseason games ... has tallied 36 offensive plays and 31 special teams plays.

    Career Notes: The Detroit Lions signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2015 ... In May, 2015, the Detroit Lions signed him to a three-year deal ... In 2015, Zenner entered training camp competing for the fourth running back on the Lions' depth chart ... He ultimately won the position, leading the NFL in rushing yards during the preseason, and went into the regular season as the fourth backup ... made his professional regular season debut in the Lions' season opener at the San Diego Chargers, finishing with two carries for six rushing yards ... On Oct. 12, 2015, Zenner earned his first career start and had a season-high ten carries for 30 rushing yards against the Arizona Cardinals ... On Oct. 16, 2016, he earned his first start of the season and finished with a career-high 14 rushing attempts for 58 rushing yards and caught two passes for 14 receiving yards during a 31-28 victory over the Los Angeles Rams ... The following week, he scored his first career touchdown on a one-yard run in the third quarter of a 20-17 win against the Washington Redskins ... On December 26, 2016, in a Monday Night Football game, Zenner had 12 carries for 67 rushing yards and a career-high two rushing touchdowns in the first half of the Lions' 21-42 loss to the Dallas Cowboys ... In a limited role in the 2017 season, Zenner had 14 carries for 26 yards and a rushing touchdown ... has 119 career attempts for 420 yards and five touchdowns in three seasons with the Lions ... he also has 207 career receiving yards.

    SDSU Players Drafted By NFL Teams
    1939: Bob Riddell, end, Philadelphia (17)
    1951: Harry Gibbons, back, Chicago (20)
    1951: Dick Peot, tackle, Detroit (28)
    1953: Pete Retzlaff, back, Detroit (22)
    1955: Jerry Welch, back, Baltimore (22)
    1956: Dick Klawitter, center, Chicago (8)
    1957: Harwood Hoeft, end, Baltimore (24)
    1958: Wayne Haensel, tackle, N.Y. Giants (25)
    1959: LeRoy Bergan, tackle, Baltimore (17)
    1961: Leland Bondhus, tackle, Green Bay (19)
    1962: Joe Thorne, back, Green Bay (12)
    1962: Ron Frank, tackle, San Francisco (16)
    1964: Wayne Rasmussen, back, Detroit (9)
    1966: Ron Meyer, quarterback, Chicago (7)
    1966: Ed Maras, end, Green Bay (20)
    1970: Tim Roth, defensive end, Oakland (16)
    1973: Phil Engle, tackle, Green Bay (11)
    1975: Lynn Boden, tackle, Detroit (1)
    1975: Jerry Lawrence, tackle, Houston (8)
    1976: Todd Simonsen, tackle, Houston (6)
    1976: Bob Gissler, defensive end, Miami (14)
    1978: Bill Matthews, linebacker, New England (5)
    1980: Chuck Loewen, offensive lineman, San Diego (7)
    1986: Bruce Klostermann, linebacker, Denver (8)
    1993: Doug Miller, linebacker, San Diego (7)
    1995: Adam Timmerman, offensive lineman, Green Bay (7)
    1999: Steve Heiden, tight end, San Diego (3)
    2010: Danny Batten, defensive end, Buffalo (6)
    2018: Dallas Goedert, tight end, Philadelphia (2)

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