Washington Redskins quarterback Colt McCoy (12) following an NFL football game against the Dallas Cowboys in Arlington, Texas, Thursday, Nov. 22, 2018. The Cowboys defeated the Redskins 31-23. (AP Photo/Michael Ainsworth)

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Longhorns in the NFL: Week 12 a mixed bag of results

Posted November 27th, 2018


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 12.

Week 12 had some strong performances by Longhorns but in losing efforts.

Kenny Vaccaro recorded a season-high eight tackles and logged a sack in the 34-17 loss to the Texans on Monday night. Vaccaro has recorded at least five tackles in each game since returning from injury four weeks ago. The highlight of the game partially came at Vaccaro’s expense, unfortunately.


Vaccaro’s teammate Brian Orakpo had four tackles and a half sack in the loss. Orakpo has definitely struggled to get to the quarterback this season. It took him until Week 9 to record a sack this season. He has just 1.5 so far this year after having seven last season. Orakpo had 11 sacks in his rookie year, which has held up as a career-high for his first nine years.

Houston Texans quarterback Deshaun Watson (4) is pressured by Tennessee Titans outside linebacker Brian Orakpo (98) during the first half of an NFL football game, Monday, Nov. 26, 2018, in Houston. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)

Colt McCoy got his first start since 2014 and didn’t look bad for a while, but he ended up turning the ball over three times and finally lost to the Cowboys in a 31-23 game on Thanksgiving. McCoy finished 24 for 38 with 268 yards and two touchdowns. He added five carries for 28 yards. McCoy’s best throw of the game came in the second quarter to help tie the game at 7-7.

Punter Michael Dickson continues to have a strong rookie season. He had three punts in the Seahawks’ 30-27 win over the Panthers Sunday. Dickson averaged 52.7 yards per punt. He leads the league in net punt average at 44 yards per pop. Dickson was the holder on Sebastian Janikowski’s game-winning field goal. Holding on field-goal attempts is something Dickson didn’t do as a Longhorn.

Another former Longhorn who got a win this week was Adrian Phillips. He had three tackles and applied pressure on a missed field goal as his Chargers topped the Cardinals 45-10.

Arizona Cardinals running back David Johnson (31) is tackled by Los Angeles Chargers defensive back Adrian Phillips during the first half of an NFL football game Sunday, Nov. 25, 2018, in Carson, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong )

Other Longhorns in the NFL

Alex Okafor, DE, Saints—2 tackles in the 31-17 win over the Falcons.

Quandre Diggs, CB, Lions—5 tackles in the 23-16 loss to the Bears.

Trey Hopkins, OG, Bengals— Played center to relieve Billy Price. 129 yards team rushing yards in the 35-20 loss to the Browns.

Malcom Brown, DT, Patriots—1 tackle in the 27-13 win over the Jets.

Holton Hill, CB, Vikings—Entered the game replacing an injured Rhodes, but didn’t register a stat in the 24-17 win over the Packers.

Justin Tucker, K, Ravens—4 for 4 on extra points, 2 for 2 on field goals with a long of 47 yards in the 34-17 win over the Raiders.

Phil Dawson, K, Cardinals—1 for 1 on extra points, 1 for 2 on field goals with a long of 30 yards in the 45-10 loss to the Chargers.

Connor Williams, G, Cowboys—Didn’t start but played in the 31-23 win over the Redskins.

Poona Ford, DT, Seahawks—Recorded no stats in the 30-27 loss to the Panthers.

Malik Jefferson, LB, Bengals—Recorded no stats in the 35-20 loss to the Browns.

Malcolm Brown, RB, Rams—Brown and the Rams were on bye in Week 12.

Did Not Play/Inactive

D’Onta Foreman, RB, Texans—DNP in the 34-17  win over the Titans. The Texans have until Dec. 6 to make a decision on whether Foreman will play this season.

Geoff Swaim, TE, Cowboys—DNP in the 31-23 win over the Redskins due to wrist.

Jordan Hicks, LB, Eagles—DNP in the 25-22 win over the Giants due to a calf injury.

Hassan Ridgeway, DT, Colts—DNP in the 27-24 win over the Dolphins.

Marquise Goodwin, WR, 49ers—DNP in the 27-9 loss to the Buccaneers.

DeShon Elliott, S, – Ravens—DNP- IR

Marcus Johnson, WR, Colts—DNP-IR

Chris Warren, RB, Raiders—DNP-IR

Sam Acho, LB, Bears—DNP-IR

Earl Thomas, S, Seahawks—DNP-IR

Fozzy Whittaker, RB, Panthers—DNP-IR

Longhorns in the NFL

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