[caption id="attachment_21058" align="aligncenter" width="477"] http://www.sportshawaii.com[/caption] Aussies in the NFL is a weekly look at how some of our current – and hopefully future – Aussies are performing in the NFL and NCAA. UPDATE: Sav Rocca injury details below.
Scott Harding Breaks OutThree days after I ask "Where has Scott Harding gone?" he makes news with a big game and a big play. Typical. The performance came during the Hawaii Warrior's 35-23 loss to New Mexico Lobos on the weekend. Harding managed three catches for 80 yards and a touchdown. It's his second touchdown on the season and his highest yardage total ever for the Warriors. The touchdown came one a huge 51-yard catch and sprint in the second quarter, keeping the Warriors (already 21 points down) in the game. This latest effort marks a steady rise in Hardings' stock within the Warriors locker room. While we had not seen much since his week one performance, during which he caught a TD pass, returned and made punts, in this recent game he quickly surpassed his catch and yardage totals from last year (6 catches 67 yards in 2011). How his big performance will affect how he is used in the future remains to be seen. Two other Hawaii receivers made more catches on the day. I noticed some people asking on twitter whether or not he'll make it to the NFL. The sensible response would be to flatly say "No." Harding is 26, and will be 29 when he fishes his Senior year. Combine his age with the fact that he already has the wear of a professional sport - although, granted it could be argued this is a positive - and you can only consider him a very long shot. Still, stranger things have happened, and as a Sophomore he does have two more years to continue to develop. Heck, it's not like Hawaii is invisible to NFL recruiters either, Alex Green, the current starting RB for the Green Bay Packers, was a Hawaii graduate.
Aussies in the NFLShort sharp update for our current Aussies in the National Football League. Sav Rocca had a solid day in the Washington Redskins' win over the Minnestoa Vikings, he punted three times for a net average of 39 yards, including placing the ball inside the opposition 20 once. His performance included this nice floating punt that allowed his teammate Niles Paul to lay a big hit on Minnesota's return man Marcus Sherels. http://youtu.be/nIQURpmqiJ0 It bears mentioning that Rocca appeared on the Redskins' injury report this morning. He's listed a limited due to his knee (which he hurt jogging). You can view Sav Rocca's season stats here. UPDATE 19/10/2012: It has been reported that the Redskins may be looking to replace Sav Rocca. His knee injury appears more serious than first reported. Chas Henry is the early replacement candidate and will be trailing with the Redskins this week. You may recall, Chas Henry was replaced by Aussie Mat McBriar as the Eagles' punter. Troubling news. The Redskins have stated that they will test Rocca's knee and make a decision on Saturday.
Mat McBriar had a disappointing day in the Philadelphia Eagles' loss to the Detroit Lions, he managed a net average of 38.3 yards per punt from five punts and didn't place the ball within the 20-yard line at all. His punts were returned for a combined 72 yards on the day, his worst result so far. You can find McBriars season stats here.