Kansas City Chiefs quarterback Patrick Mahomes (15) and Los Angeles Chargers defensive back Adrian Phillips (31) greet each other after an NFL football game Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, in Kansas City, Mo. The Chargers won 29-28. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)


Longhorns in the NFL: Dickson and Phillips named to Pro Bowl following Week 15

Posted December 18th, 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 15.

Following Week 15’s action, Michael Dickson and Adrian Phillips were named to the 2018 Pro Bowl.

Dickson leads the league in punt average and had a strong week in the 26-23 loss to the 49ers. He average 53.2 yards per punt with a long of 65. Unfortunately for the Seahawks, Dickson had to punt eight times. Three of his punts were downed inside the 20.

Seattle Seahawks punter Michael Dickson (4) punts against the San Francisco 49ers during the second half of an NFL football game in Santa Clara, Calif., Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018. (AP Photo/Tony Avelar)

Phillips is a quality defender, playing in a lot of different positions on defense, often lining up as a linebacker. He had 10 tackles as the Chargers picked up a message-sending 29-28 win over the Kansas City Chiefs Thursday.

Quandre Diggs is an alternate for the Pro Bowl, according to the Detroit Lions’ official Twitter account. The defensive back made four tackles in the 14-13 loss to the Bills.

Rookie defensive tackle Poona Ford had his best game as a pro, making six tackles, three for loss, in the 26-23 loss to the 49ers. He has just 15 tackles on the year, but 11 of them have come in the last three games. Ford blew up a handful of the 49ers’ run plays in the backfield.

Other Longhorns in the NFL

Alex Okafor, DE, Saints—4 tackles, 1 sack, 1 tackle for loss in the 12-9 win over the Panthers.

Malik Jefferson, LB, Bengals—1 tackle in the 30-16 win over the Raiders, suffered an injury and was placed on IR.

Malcom Brown, DT, Patriots—4 tackles in the 17-10 loss to the Steelers.

Trey Hopkins, OG, Bengals—Helped Bengals rush for 171 yards in the 30-16 win over the Raiders.

Marquise Goodwin, WR, 49ers—1 catch, 7 yards in 26-23 win over Seahawks.

Holton Hill, CB, Vikings—1 pass break up in the 41-17 win over the Dolphins.

Justin Tucker, K, Ravens—2 for 2 on field goals, 35 long, 2 for 2 on extra points in the 20-12 win over the Buccaneers.

Connor Williams, G, Cowboys—Team rushed for 112 yards in 23-0 loss to the Cowboys.

Kenny Vaccaro, S, Titans—Recorded no stats and left the game with a concussion in the 17-0 win over the Giants.

Did Not Play/Inactive

Geoff Swaim, TE, Cowboys—DNP – Inactive in the 23-0 loss to the Colts.

Jordan Hicks, LB, Eagles—DNP – Inactive in the 30-23 win over the Rams.

Hassan Ridgeway, DT, Colts—DNP – Inactive in the 23-0 win over the Cowboys.

Colt McCoy, QB, Redskins—DNP – Inactive in the 16-13 win over the Jaguars.

D’Onta Foreman, RB, Texans—DNP – Inactive in the 29-22 win over the Jets.

Brian Orakpo, LB, Titans—DNP – Inactive due to an elbow injury in the 17-0 win over the Giants.

Malcolm Brown, RB, Rams— DNP – IR

Phil Dawson, K, Cardinals—DNP – IR

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

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