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Texas Longhorns in the NFL: Week 9

Former Longhorn Lamarr Houston scored his first NFL touchdown back in the great state of Texas on Sunday.

NFL: Indianapolis Colts at Houston Texans Shanna Lockwood-USA TODAY Sports

Lamarr Houston was picked up by the Texans three weeks ago and on Sunday, he earned his first career NFL touchdown. Undrafted rookie safety Adrian Colbert got his opportunity because of an injury and made the most of it on Sunday. He looks to be the starting free safety for the 49ers going forward.

In a week coupled with injuries and byes, let’s look at how the rest of the NFL ‘Horns performed.

Malcolm Brown (RB-LAR): Brown continues to get opportunities in the running game due to the Rams getting ahead in games by a decisive amount. He rushed for 57 yards on 15 carries in the Rams 5-17 victory. Brown is averaging 3.7 yards per carry on the season.

Jamaal Charles (RB-DEN): Charles was able to gain just one yard on four carries on Sunday. The Broncos offensive line has been abysmal and they haven’t been able to develop a run game in weeks. Charles did have 23 yards on four receptions in their blowout loss.

D’Onta Foreman (RB-HOU): After receiving just one snap last week, Foreman’s snap count was back to normal on Sunday. The rookie had 37 yards on 11 carries in the Texans 20-14 loss. Expect to see Foreman receive 10-12 carries per week with the season-ending injury to DeShaun Watson.

Marquise Goodwin (WR-SF): Goodwin exploded for 68 yards on just two catches in a losing effort. Goodwin also saved a touchdown when he chased down and tackled CB Patrick Peterson, who recovered a fumble and tried to take it to the house. The speedster is now up to 19.0 yards per catch this season, we’ll see if his targets increase when Jimmy Garoppolo takes over at quarterback.

Roy Miller (DT-KC): This is the first time Miller’s name has been called this season in the weekly ‘Texas Longhorns in the NFL.’ The veteran had two total tackles including one tackle for a loss in a 28-17 loss.

Lamarr Houston (DE-HOU): The recently signed defensive end has made a solid impact for the Texans thus far. He had a 34-yard fumble return for a touchdown in a losing effort against the Colts. This was his first career NFL touchdown.

Alex Okafor (DE-NO): Okafor was the second leading tackler for the stifling Saints defense on Sunday. He had six total tackles (0.5 sack, TFL) in their 30-10 win.

Brian Orakpo (DE-TEN): The veteran defensive end had four total tackles (0.5 TFL) in a 23-20 win for the Titans.

Derrick Johnson (ILB-KC): Johnson recorded four total tackles in the Chiefs loss.

Keenan Robinson (LB-NYG): Robinson totaled two tackles in the Giants blowout defeat.

Quandre Diggs (Nickel CB-DET): Diggs had a solid performance under the bright lights on Monday night in the Lions 30-17 victory. He had two tackles including a tackle for a loss. Diggs wasn’t targeted much in coverage and did his job.

Adrian Colbert (FS-SF): Colbert received 62 snaps at the free safety position in the 49ers 20-10 loss. The undrafted rookie had five total tackles (0.5 TFL) and a pass deflection. His role at the free safety position will be permanent as their starting free safety broke his arm on Sunday.

Kenny Vaccaro (SS-NO): Vaccaro left his game on Sunday with a groin injury.

Earl Thomas (FS-SEA): Thomas was held out of Sunday’s game against the Cardinals with a hamstring injury.

Phil Dawson (K-ARI): Despite missing a 38-yard field goal attempt early in the game, Dawson bounced back and added two crucial field goals (25, 32 yards) to put the Cardinals up 20-10. It’s been a difficult season for the veteran kicker. Cardinals GM Steve Keim says, “he’s got to be held accountable” when asked about Dawson’s kicking woes.

Nick Rose (K-WAS): Rose hit a 28-yard field goal and connected on both extra point attempts in the Redskins 17-14 win.

Justin Tucker (K-BAL): Tucker connected on both of his field goal attempts (30, 49 yards) and added two extra points in a losing effort. He is now 17-for-20 on field goal attempts and 17-for-17 on extra point attempts this season.

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