Longhorns in the NFL: Week 9 features a defensive score and big plays

Posted November 7th, 2017


Is there such a thing as a former Longhorn? These players will always be Longhorns to University of Texas fans, even though they’ve graduated to the next level of football. Every week we’ll update you on how they performed the previous weekend. Here’s a look at the Longhorns in the NFL and how they fared in Week 9.

Lamarr Houston has been making the most of his opportunity with the Houston Texans. He was signed following multiple injuries to Houston’s linebackers. On Sunday he breathed some life into the Texans’ chances of winning when he recovered a fumble and returned it 34 yards for a touchdown. There was less than a minute to play in the first half when Houston gave the Texans their first points of the game. Unfortunately, the Texans still fell 20-14 to the Colts.

Marquise Goodwin is looking to make a bigger impact with the 49ers as he’s become the No. 1 receiver with the news of Pierre Garcon moving to the injured reserve list. Goodwin made a couple of plays in Sunday’s 20-10 loss to the Cardinals. His biggest gain came on a 55-yard reception that set up a field goal.

Goodwin finished the game with two catches for 68 yards, but maybe his most impressive play came when he had to play defense. After a 49ers fumble, Cardinals superstar corner Patrick Peterson scooped up the ball and thought he was going to score with nothing but green in front of him. Goodwin had other ideas as he chased Peterson down at the 6-yard line.

Peterson acknowledged the speedy effort on Twitter.

Another solid defensive effort was put in by Alex Okafor of the New Orleans Saints. His signing in the offseason has turned into a good free agent acquisition for the Saints. After losing the first two games of the season, Okafor has helped the Saints to six straight wins. He finished Sunday’s 30-10 win over the Bucs with six tackles, a half sack and a tackle for loss.

More Longhorns in the NFL

Malcolm Brown, RB, Rams—Brown had a good run in a blowout win, carrying the ball 15 times for 57 yards as the Rams won 51-17.

Brian Orakpo, LB, Titans—Orakpo had four tackles and a half tackle for loss in the 23-20 win over the Ravens.

D’Onta Foreman, RB, Texans—Foreman rushed the ball 11 times for 37 yards in the loss to the Colts.

Derrick Johnson, LB, Chiefs—Johnson made four tackles as the Chiefs fell to the Cowboys 28-17.

Quandre Diggs, CB, Lions—Diggs had two tackles and a tackle for loss in the 30-17 win over the Packers.

Justin Tucker, K, Ravens—Tucker went 2-for-2 on field goal attempts and converted on both of his extra-point attempts in the 23-20 loss to the Titans. His longest field goal went 49 yards.

Roy Miller, DT, Chiefs—Miller had two tackles and a tackle for loss in the loss to the Cowboys.

Hassan Ridgeway, DT, Colts—Ridgeway had one tackle in the win over the Texans.

Jamaal Charles, RB, Broncos—Charles and the Broncos offense struggled in the 51-23 loss to the Eagles. The former Longhorn rushed four times for just one yard. He hauled in four catches for 23 yards..

Nick Rose, K, Redskins—Rose was 1-for-1 on field goals and made both extra points he attempted in the Redskins’ 17-14 win over the Seahawks.

Keenan Robinson, LB, Giants—Robinson and the Giants had a weekend to forget, falling to the Rams 51-17. He made two tackles in the effort.

Phil Dawson, K, Cardinals—The oldest of the Longhorns in the NFL, Dawson made 2-of-3 field goals in the win over the 49ers. He also made both of his extra-point attempts.

Kenny Vaccaro, S, Saints—The safety and the Saints defense are rolling, but an injury may slow the veteran. He made one tackle in the blowout of the Buccaneers but didn’t play the second half due to a groin injury.

Kenny Vaccaro is one of the Longhorns in the NFL having a great season so far in 2017. He’s dealing with a groin injury but managed to make one tackle in the win over the Bears on Nov. 5. Butch Dill/Associated Press

Trey Hopkins, OG, Bengals—Hopkins and the Bengals fell to the Jaguars 23-7. The Bengals managed just 29 yards rushing on the day.

Geoff Swaim, TE, Cowboys—Swaim didn’t make any catches, but his Cowboys won their third straight, 28-17 over the Chiefs.

Earl Thomas, S, Seahawks—Thomas missed Sunday’s loss to the Redskins as he was recovering from a hamstring injury.

Fozzy Whittaker, RB, Panthers—Whittaker was inactive for the third straight game with an ankle injury.

Marcus Johnson, WR, Eagles—Johnson played in 20 offensive snaps and was targeted once, but didn’t make any catches in the Eagles’ 51-23 win over Denver.

Colt McCoy, QB, Redskins—McCoy wasn’t called into action in the win over the Seahawks.

Jordan Hicks, LB, EaglesHicks ruptured his Achilles on just the second play of the 34-24 win over Washington in Week 7. He’s out for the season. Hicks finished the year with 28 tackles. It’s the second time in his three-year career that he’s been unable to complete the season.

Adrian Phillips, CB, Chargers—Phillips and the Chargers were on a bye in Week 9.

Sam Acho, LB, Bears—Acho and the Bears were on a bye in Week 9.

Malcom Brown, DT, Patriots—Brown and the Patriots were on a bye in Week 9.

Brian Robison, DE, Vikings—Robison and the Vikings were on a bye in Week 9.

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