It was a mixed season for Australians in the NFL. Five Australians took to the NFL field throughout the year. Unfortunately only three remain on rosters at the conclusion of the regular season.Brisbane Born "Monstar" Jesse Williams had not only Aussie NFL fans cheering but the whole of Australia cheering when he was the first Australian to ever be drafted in the NFL. The former Crimson Tide champion was predicted to go in the top three rounds but concerns over a knee injury had him slide to the fifth round where he was selected by the Seattle Seahawks. Williams went into training camp with the intention of competing for a starting role as the 3-tech defensive tackle. The preseason rolled on and despite being quiet in his first two games he managed to gain the praise of head coach Pete Carroll. After the second preseason game he was third on the depth chart for the 3-technique spot behind McDaniel and fellow rookie Jordan Hill. By week three of the preseason, clearly hindered by the knee injury responsible for his draft slide, Williams was placed on Injured Reserve. Williams was clearly limited by his injury and his play was ineffective. Being placed on IR is far from ideal but it is definitely a positive sign he was not cut and was given the year to heal and develop. Carroll was impressed by his work ethic and if you follow him on twitter you know that the "Monstar" is training as hard as ever for 2014. Punter Brad Wing entered the 2013 NFL draft just like Williams but unfortunately went undrafted. Wing was picked up by the Philadelphia Eagles and played in two of their preseason games. Wing was waived from the roster after the third preseason game despite producing a great punting display in week two against Carolina. He had four punts on the night for a nice 41.8-yard average including a long 49-yarder and two inside the Panthers’ own 20. It was a display like that led to him being worked out by the Washington Redskins before week one of the regular season but they eventually stuck with their punter, who happens to also be Australian. Wing will most likely be trialled again in 2014 by various teams in the off season. Sav Rocca did not have a season up to his own standards punting for the Washington Redskins (who finished 3-13). In all fairness to Rocca, the special teams of the Redskins struggled in nearly every category this season. While only averaging 42.0 yards a punt (ranking him 30th in the NFL) he managed to have 26 punts downed inside the 20 yard line (17th in the NFL) and did not have a single punt go into the red zone for a touchback. The Redskins coverage unit allowed 655 punt return yards this season, the most in the NFL, and allowed three return touchdowns. Rocca hadn't allowed a punt return for a touchdown since 2007. Rocca's outlook for 2014 will be relatively unknown until early 2014 but with most teams new punters are brought in to compete with the starters every training camp and OTA's. Expect Rocca to be in the thick of it next season. Punter Mat McBriar started the season not on any teams roster but was signed by the Pittsburgh Steelers mid way through the season after they waived Zoltan Mesko. McBriar played nine games for the Steelers and hit national media headlines for this fake punt play: McBriar hit David Paulson on a 30 yard pass play which resulted in a first down and a touchdown later on in the drive. In terms of punting, McBriar managed 13 punts downed inside the 20 in those nine games and averaged 41.3 yards a punt. He should be there again in 2014 for what would be his 11th NFL season. Former Rugby Player Hayden Smith, despite all the positive buzz surrounding his athleticism and catching ability in training camp, did not see any preseason action and was released by the club in the first wave of cuts. Smith was with the team since early 2012 and managed one NFL catch in the 2012 season for 16 yards. Smith thanked the organization and the fans for the opportunity following his release and was asked to work out for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in September. The Buccaneers did not sign Smith and the 9th of December he went back to Rugby Union signing with Saracens F.C. We wish him all the best for the 2014 season. The just about wraps up the Aussies in the NFL for 2013, we hope 2014 will feature some more Australians and a healthy dose of Jesse Williams.