As Jeremy Shockey, Greg Olsen and the Carolina Panthers (with former Canes tight end and offensive coordinator Rob Chudzinski calling the plays) took on Kellen Winslow, Jr. and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers Saturday afternoon, it was Shockey who found the end zone as the Panthers beat the Bucs 48-16.
Shockey scored on an 8-yard pass from Cam Newton in the fourth quarter to extend the lead to 48-16. Shockey was ninth on the initial streak leader board with 33 touchdowns. The original streak extended from Week 15, 2002 to Week 10, 2011. Since the new streak began in Week 12 this season, Shockey is tied for the lead with three touchdowns.
In an article appearing in the Bellingham Herald this week, Ron Green, Jr. did a good job of looking over the prominance of Hurricanes tight ends in the NFL. Beginning with three-time Pro Bowler Bubba Franks, who was drafted in the first round of the 2000 NFL Draft by the Green Bay Packers, UM has had several productive tight ends leave their mark in the league.