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USC to NFL Week 7: Havili Shines on National Stage

Stanley Havili scored and made a big special teams play to help Indianapolis prove it is a legit contender. Nickell Robey and Malcolm Smith had the best games of their careers. See how all the USC alums did this weekend.

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Stanley Havili (Indianapolis) - While the Denver-Indy game was supposed to be all about the Peyton Manning-Andrew Luck battle, Stanley Havili quietly tried to steal a little piece of the limelight. He only had one carry and one reception, but he made the most of the catch, taking it to the colored rectangle of dancing and celebrating. Luck found Havili in the right flat and Havili made the catch, turned upfield and went untouched for a 20-yard score. 

But that wasn't all Havili did on the night. With the Sunday night national audience watching, Havili showed off his versatility as a special teams player, covering kicks. In the first half, he stripped Denver return specialist Trindon Holliday and Indianapolis recovered. Luck threw a touchdown on the next play to put the Colts up 10-7.

"He's an incredible all-around football player," Luck said about Havili. "He does everything. It's fun to watch." --


Jordan Cameron (Cleveland) - Following a two-game lull in which he had 8 catches on 10 targets for 100 yards and no scores, Jordan Cameron got back on the scoreboard Sunday afternoon. He pulled down seven catches (on nine targets) for 55 yards and got into the end zone for the Browns only touchdown against Green Bay. Most of his production came late in the game because Brandon Weeden only targeted him twice in the first three quarters, but he was still Cleveland's most productive receiving target.

He joined Hall of Famer Ozzie Newsome as the only Browns tight ends with six or more TDs in a season. Cameron is also the first Brown with six TDs since Braylon Edwards set a team record with 16 in 2007. --

Nickell Robey (Buffalo) - It hasn't been often that Nickell Robey's name has been mentioned during Bills' games this season, which is typically a good thing for cornerbacks since their names are only called when they do something really good or really bad. The smallest and youngest Bill's name was blasted all over the airwaves on Sunday as he grabbed his first career interception -- and then took it 19 yards to the house for a pick-six touchdown. The score proved to be just enough as Buffalo defeated Miami 23-21. Listen to Robey talk about the play on Yahoo! Sports Radio.

Malcolm Smith (Seattle) - Malcolm Smith got a bigger opportunity with linebacker Bobby Wagner out. He took advantage as he was all over the field for Seattle on Thursday night. He collected a career-high nine tackles in the win over division foe Arizona and was named the unsung hero by But he did a little bit of everything. Along with the nine tackles, he also had one of the seven sacks of fellow former Trojan Carson Palmer and he also had a pass deflection. But there were questions after the what his sack celebration was:

"It’s the Hawk Eyes," Smith explained of a gyration that looked a little like the one John Travolta and Uma Thurman made famous in "Pulp Fiction." -- Seattle Times

Others of Note:

Matt Barkley (PHI) - 11-for-20, 129 yards, 0 TD, 3 INT (Barkley got thrown into the fire when Philly backup Nick Foles departed with a head injury. Trailing 17-3 when he entered in the fourth quarter, Barkley was forced to sling it around, which resulted in a couple of strong drives that were ended by interceptions.)
Reggie Bush (DET) - 20 carries, 50 yards, 3 receptions, 44 yards (Bush was one carry shy of his season high, but he only averaged 2.5 yards per carry.)
Jurrell Casey (TEN) - 2 tackles, 1 sack (The Titans defense was roughed up by San Francisco, but Casey did set a new career-high with his fourth sack this year.)
Brian Cushing (HOU) - 4 tackles, pass deflection (It was a sad day for Cushing. His season is over after he tore his LCL and broke the same leg in which he tore his ACL last season. The injury came on yet another low block as Jamaal Charles put his helmet right on Cushing's surgically repaired knee.)

Ryan Kalil (CAR) - 1 penalty, 5 yards (false start), 0 sacks allowed (Kalil had a false start penalty, which is typically tough to incur for a center, but he and the Carolina offensive line helped Cam Newton have time to throw for 204 yards on a 15-for-17 outing in an easy win over St. Louis.)
Rey Maualuga (CIN) - 7 tackles (Maualuga injured his hamstring in the fourth quarter and did not return.)
Taylor Mays (CIN) - 3 tackles, 3 pass deflections (After cornerback Leon Hall left with an injury, Mays was used in a variety of positions and stepped up with three pass deflections, doubling his career total, after having only three in his first three and a half years.) 
Fili Moala (IND) - 2 tackles, 1 sack (In an upset of undefeated Denver, Moala collected his first sack of the season, pulling down former teammate Peyton Manning.)
Carson Palmer (ARI) - 30-of-45, 258 yards, 1 TD, 2 INT, 7 sacks (Behind a struggling offensive line, Palmer didn't play very good once again. He found Larry Fitzgerald only twice for 12 yards; he was sacked seven times and he has now thrown multiple interceptions five games in a row.)
Troy Polamalu (PIT) - 8 tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 pass deflection (He played a number of plays basically as an inside linebacker and he also came this close to perfectly timing an extra-point snap.)
Tyron Smith (DAL) - 0 penalties, 0 sacks allowed

"The sky is the limit for him. He’s a young guy. Talk about a guy who goes about it the right way. He’s got a lot of ability but his best traits are his intangible traits, his work ethic, his mental and physical toughness and I think that’s going to give him a chance to be a heck of a player for a long time." -- Dallas head coach Jason Garrett

Damian Williams (TEN) - 3 targets, 3 catches, 25 yards. (Williams caught all three passes that came his way in Tennessee's 31-13 loss.)
Robert Woods (BUF) - 4 targets, 3 catches, 24 yards (For the second straight game, Woods was shut down. He has been targeted 10 times in the last two weeks and only has 5 catches for 33 yards.)

No Impact:

Jeff Byers (CAR), Wes Horton (CAR),  Mike Morgan (SEA), Frostee Rucker (ARI), Shareece Wright (SD)


Sam Baker (ATL), Charles Brown (NO - Bye), Fred Davis (WAS), Khaled Holmes (IND), Kaluka Maiava (OAK - Bye), Clay Matthews (GB), Nick Perry (GB)


David Ausberry (OAK), Brandon Carswell (SF), Anthony McCoy (SEA), T.J. McDonald (STL), Mark Sanchez (NYJ)

Still to Play:

Allen Bradford (NYG), Matt Cassel (MIN), Rhett Ellison (MIN), Everson Griffen (MIN), Matt Kalil (MIN), Mike Patterson (NYG), Keith Rivers (NYG), Terrell Thomas (NYG)