Shea McClellin spent the past three seasons as a starter for the Chicago Bears, but his role changed when he joined the New England Patriots this season.
For now, he’s back in the lineup.
The fifth-year pro from Marsing High via Boise State made his first start of the season Sunday against the San Francisco 49ers and earned a season-high four tackles in a 30-17 victory. McClellin, 27, has 14 stops and a blocked field goal in eight appearances this year.
On the other side of the ball, two former BSU backs led their Florida teams’ rushing attacks in road wins.
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Miami’s Jay Ajayi, who burst onto the scene with back-to-back 200-yard games in October, has slowed down a bit since the Dolphins’ bye week but remained efficient. He had 77 rushing yards on 16 carries (4.8 average) in a 14-10 win over Los Angeles, giving him 802 (fifth in the NFL) on 143 attempts (5.6 average) for the year.
Tampa Bay’s Doug Martin surpassed 100 yards from scrimmage for the first time since the 2015 season finale. The fifth-year player ran for 63 yards on 24 carries and added three catches for 42 yards during the Buccaneers’ 19-17 victory at Kansas City. Martin is averaging 2.8 yards per carry this season in four games (181 yards on 65 carries).
Fourteen players from Idaho high schools and colleges played in NFL Week 11 games. The rest of the list:
▪ New Orleans DB Shiloh Keo (No. 49, Idaho) made two tackles at Carolina. Saints TE Josh Hill (No. 89, Blackfoot High/Idaho State) also played.
▪ Dallas DT Tyrone Crawford (No. 98, Boise State) made two tackles (one for loss) against Baltimore. Cowboys DE DeMarcus Lawrence (No. 90, Boise State) and Orlando Scandrick (No. 32, Boise State) started, with Lawrence getting a quarterback hit and Scandrick making three stops.
▪ Cincinnati FS George Iloka (No. 43, Boise State) started and had one tackle against Buffalo.
▪ Cleveland CB Jamar Taylor (No. 21, Boise State) started and made four tackles against Pittsburgh.
▪ Offensive line starters: Arizona LG Mike Iupati (No. 76, Idaho) and Chicago LT Charles Leno Jr. (No. 72, Boise State). Iupati missed some time with an injury.
▪ Also participated: Baltimore LB Kamalei Correa (No. 51, Boise State) and Seattle G Rees Odhiambo (No. 70, Boise State).
Two former Boise State players will return to the Grey Cup after the Ottawa Redblacks beat the Edmonton Eskimos 35-23 in the CFL’s East Division final Sunday. Jerrell Gavins (No. 24) started at linebacker and made two tackles, and center Jon Gott (No. 63) anchored an offense that gained 425 yards in a rematch of last year’s league final. Brandyn Thompson (Boise State) started at defensive back for Edmonton and had two tackles.
In the West final, B.C. Lions fullback Rolly Lumbala (No. 46, Idaho) had two receptions for 21 yards in his season finale, a 42-15 loss at Calgary.