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Pokes in the Pros: Week 5

(University of Wyoming)

LARAMIE, Wyo. — Tashaun Gipson’s final season with the University of Wyoming football team was 2011. He had exhausted his collegiate eligibility, and in 2012 he took aim at the National Football League but had to do so the hard way.

He wasn’t drafted high, or at all for that matter, meaning he needed to earn a roster spot as an undrafted free agent. Gipson did so with the Cleveland Browns, and that jumpstarted a career that has spanned 13 seasons.

On Sunday night, in primetime, Gipson showed he still has it. The 33-year-old reeled in his 33rd career interception, to go alongside two tackles, in San Francisco’s 42–10 victory over Dallas.

Gipson, who has started all five games, has 17 tackles on the season for the 5–0 49ers. His 33 picks are third among active players.

Gipson is just one of many former Cowpokes that showed well during Week 5 of the NFL season. Below is a list of the former Wyoming student-athletes and how they did this past week.

Carl Granderson, New Orleans Saints

Granderson enjoyed a successful game in the Saints’ 34–0 win at New England. He recorded four tackles, three tackles for loss, one sack and two quarterback hits.

Granderson, who has started all five games, lays claim to 17 tackles, five tackles for loss, eight quarterback hits and one forced fumble for 3–2 New Orleans.

The Saints travel to Houston in Week 6.

Logan Wilson, Cincinnati Bengals

Wilson carded a strong game in the Bengals’ 34–20 victory at Arizona. He boasted nine tackles — second on the team — and one pass defended.

Wilson has registered 35 tackles, two tackles for loss and two interceptions for 2–3 Cincinnati.

The Bengals host the Seahawks in Week 6.  

Chad Muma, Jacksonville Jaguars

Muma logged another stout outing in the Jaguars’ 25–20 win over Buffalo in London. In his second start of the year, he made four tackles.  

Muma now has 13 tackles for 3–2 Jacksonville.

The Jaguars host Indianapolis in Week 6.

Josh Allen, Buffalo Bills

Allen played well, albeit in a 25–20 loss to Jacksonville, on Sunday in London. He went 27-for-40 for 359 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. He also rushed four times totaling 14 yards with another score.

For the season, Allen is 128-for-175 for 1,407 yards with 11 touchdowns and five picks. He also has 120 yards on 20 carries with three scores.

Buffalo hosts the New York Giants on Sunday Night Football.

Marcus Epps, Las Vegas Raiders

Epps made his fifth consecutive start in the Raiders’ 17–13 victory over Green Bay. He recorded one tackle.

Epps has 20 tackles and two tackles for losses for the 2–3 Raiders.

Las Vegas hosts New England in Week 6.  

Tyler Hall, Las Vegas Raiders

Hall played for the first time this season in the Raiders’ 17–13 victory over Green Bay. He performed well, registering four tackles, for 2–3 Las Vegas.

The Raiders host New England in Week 6.

Andrew Wingard, Jacksonville Jaguars

Wingard didn’t record a stat in the Jaguars’ 25–20 win over Buffalo in London.  

Wingard owns four tackles on the season for 3–2 Jacksonville.

The Jaguars host Indianapolis in Week 5.

Mike Purcell, Denver Broncos

Purcell logged a solid game in the Broncos’ 31–21 loss to the New York Jets. He had a pair of tackles and one pass defended.

Purcell lays claim to five tackles, two quarterback hits and one pass defended for 1–4 Denver.

The Broncos travel to Kansas City for Thursday Night Football.


Pokes in the Pros is provided by Bud Denega at the University of Wyoming.


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