Former Panthers find the field in NFL games
BY ANDY KRUTSINGER
Mt. Pleasant News
For the first time ever, two Mt. Pleasant graduates are playing in the NFL at the same time.
As reported on the May 5 issue of The News, undrafted rookies and 2011 MPCHS grads Leonard Wester and Henry Krieger-Coble were both signed by NFL teams in the spring.
Wester, a graduate of Missouri Western University in St. Joseph, was signed by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Krieger-Coble, a former Iowa Hawkeye, signed on with the defending Super Bowl champion Denver Broncos.
After almost an entire season of working to get on the field, both Wester and Krieger-Coble have earned playing time.
Wester was active for the first time in Week 14 (Dec. 11), and has worked his way into the starting lineup as of the Buccaneers’ Week 16 game in New Orleans.
During Tampa Bay’s Week 15 game in Dallas, Wester fell on a Jameis Winston fumble on the Buccaneers’ final drive of the game. The fumble recovery saved the drive but Tampa Bay was unable to score the go-ahead touchdown.
Krieger-Coble found the field this weekend (Week 16) in Denver’s game at Kansas City.
On fourth and three from the 39-yard line, Broncos’ quarterback Trevor Simian threw Krieger-Coble his first pass of the day. The former Panther made the catch and got the first down on a 13-yard reception.
Wester and Krieger-Coble will each be playing in their final regular season games this Sunday, Jan. 1.
Wester and the Buccaneers will be playing at 12 p.m., at home against Carolina. Tampa Bay can still technically make the playoffs but they need a laundry list of things to happen in order to get in. The Buccaneers need to win, have Washington tie and get wins from Detroit, Tennessee, Indianapolis, Dallas and San Francisco (this will give them the strength of victory tiebreaker over Green Bay.)
Krieger-Coble and the Broncos can no longer make the playoffs, so their final game of the season will be at 3:25 p.m., at home against Oakland.
The Buccaneers’ game will be carried by Fox and the Broncos’ game will be carried by CBS, but neither contest is likely to be the local game in Mt. Pleasant so additional steps may need to be taken to watch either game.
Coverage maps for this weekend’s games aren’t available as of press time, but they are scheduled to come out later today (Wed.) and can be seen on 506sports.com.