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‘Horns in the NFL: Texas Exes dominating in defensive trenches

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Three Longhorns defensive linemen combined for six sacks this week.

Indianapolis Colts v Tennessee Titans Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images

The last two weekends have been very prolific for the former Texas Longhorns in the NFL.

Malcom Brown, Brian Orakpo and Brian Robison each recorded two sacks this week. Orakpo is currently third in the league this season for most sacks with six in the last four games. Rookie Hassan Ridgeway was also involved with his first professional sack.

Star defensive back Earl Thomas got his first interception of the season and Adrian Phillips made the first of his NFL career. Brian Robison and Quandre Diggs also caused turnovers for their teams forcing one fumble a piece.

Offensively, Marquise Goodwin scored his second touchdown of the season after catching a six-yard pass from Tyrod Taylor during the Bills' win over the Los Ángeles Rams. The play occurred just two minutes before the end of the game and helped to seal the win for his team.

Without Jonathan Stewart, former Longhorn Fozzy Whittaker is enjoying plenty of action and he has amassed 144 total yards in the last two weeks.

During the second quarter against the Redskins, the Ravens went for a fake FG, and Justin Tucker's pass attempt would have been completed if the football hadn't hit an opponent's helmet. The Ravens ended up losing their second game in a row despite Tucker still being perfect on the season — 12/12 in field goals and 6/6 in extra points.

Due to an injury in the preseason, Michael Griffin was released by the Vikings. He has since signed with the Panthers, joining Whittaker, and played his first game this season, recording 5.5 tackles.

QB

Name Team Status Passing (season) Yards (season) TDs (season) INTs (season)
#16 Colt McCoy Washington Redskins QB #2 (0/0) (0) (0) (0)

RB

Name Team Status Rushing (Season) Receiving (Season) Turnovers
#25 Jamaal Charles Kansas City Chiefs RB #1 - (2) - (7) 0 TDs
#43 Fozzy Whittaker Carolina Panthers RB #2 5 carries (32) 45 yards (186) 0 TDs 1 rec (19) 9 yards (164) 0 TD 0 (1)
#39 Malcolm Brown LA Rams RB #3 2 carries (3) 2 yards (7) 1 recs (2) 26 yards (27)

WR/TE

Name Team Status Receptions (Season) Yards (Season) TDs (Season)
#87 Geoff Swaim Dallas Cowbys TE #2 0 recs (3) 0 yards (49)
#88 Marquise Goodwin Buffalo Bills LWR #2 2 recs (6) 13 yards (142) 1 (2)

OL

Name Team Status GP GS
#66 Trey Hopkins Cincinnati Bengals Practice Squad - -
#61 Donald Hawkins Carolina Panthers LT #2 5 0

DL

Name Team Status Tackles (Season) Sacks (Season) PBU (Season) Turnovers (Season)
#90 Malcom Brown New England Patriots DT #1 3.5 (9.5) 2 (2)

#97 Roy Miller III Jacksonville Jaguars DT #1 - (7)
#96 Brian Robison Minnesota Vikings LDE #1 2 (7) 2 (4) 0 (1) 1 FF (2 FF)
#91 Hassan Ridgeway Indianapolis Colts DT #2 0.5 (4) 0 (0.5) 0 (1)

OLB

Name Team Status Tackles (Season) Sacks (Season) PBU (Season) Turnovers (Season)
#98 Brian Orakpo Tennessee Titans ROLB #1 5.5 (13.5) 2 (5.5)
#99 Lamarr Houston Chicago Bears IR (torn ACL, W1) - (3)
#57 Alex Okafor Arizona Cardinals SAM #2 2.5 (6.5) 0.5 (0.5)
#49 Sam Acho Chicago Bears ROLB #2 1.5 (9.5) 0 (1)

ILB

Name Team Status Tackles (Season) Sacks (Season) PBU (Season) Turnovers (Season)
#56 Derrick Johnson Kansas City Chiefs LILB #1

- (29)

- (1) - (2) - (1 INT)
#57 Keenan Robinson New York Giants WLB #2 3.5 (20) 1 (2)
#58 Jordan Hicks Philadelphia Eagles MLB #1 3.5 (11) (3) (1 FR)

DB

Name Team Status Tackles (Season) Sacks (Season) PBU (Season) Turnovers (Season)
#33 Michael Griffin Carolina Panthers SS #2 5.5 (5.5)
#28 Quandre Diggs Detroit Lions RCB #2 5 (17.5) 0 (1) 1 FF (1 FF)
#32 Kenny Vaccaro New Orleans Saints SS #1 - (18)
- (1) - (1 FF)
#29 Earl Thomas Seattle Seahawks FS #1 - (13) - (2) - (1 INT)
#31 Adrian Phillips San Diego Chargers SS #2 - (5) - (1) - (1 INT)
#23 Aaron Williams Buffalo Bills SS #1 1.5 (8)
0 (5) 0 (1 FR)
#33 Mykkele Thompson New York Giants IR (knee, W4) (0.5)
#23 Chykie Brown Cincinati Bengals RCB #3 0.5 (0.5)

ST

Name Team Status FG (Season) Long (Season) XPs (Season)
#9 Justin Tucker Baltimore Ravens Kicker 1/1 (11/11) 31 (54) 1/1 (6/6)
#9 Phil Dawson San Francisco 49ers Kicker 0/0 (4/5) - (39) 3/3 (13/13)