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Texas Longhorns in the NFL: Week 14

Quandre Diggs’ standout performance at strong safety carried the NFL ‘Horns this week.

NFL: Detroit Lions at Tampa Bay Buccaneers Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Quandre Diggs has been labeled as undersized his whole life. The 5’9 200-pound defensive back made his second career start at strong safety this past week. He made the most of it picking up his first career interception and forced fumble. 42-year old kicker Phil Dawson lifted his team to a victory by scoring all 12 points.

Here’s how all the Longhorns in the NFL performed in Week 14.

Malcolm Brown (RB-LAR): Brown returned to action from a MCL injury and had a five-yard carry on Sunday.

Jamaal Charles (RB-DEN): Charles had three receptions for 12 yards and did not receive any carries in a shutout win. This was Charles’ first game of the season he did not have a carry. It seems like CJ Anderson and Devontae Booker have taken complete control in the backfield.

Marquise Goodwin (WR-SF): For the second straight week, Goodwin notched over 95 receiving yards with Garoppolo as his quarterback. He had 106 yards on six catches in a hard fought victory. Goodwin is playing the best football of his career this season, partially because of the emergence of Jimmy Garoppolo.

Brian Orakpo (DE-TEN): Orapko notched his 6th sack of the season on Sunday.

Brian Robison (DT-MIN): Robison had one solo tackle in a 31-24 loss.

Derrick Johnson (ILB-KC): Johnson totaled three tackles and had a pass deflection as the Chiefs bounced back and earned a victory.

Sam Acho (LB-CHI): Acho raked up five total tackles in a 33-7 win.

Quandre Diggs (DB-DET): This Sunday’s game was Diggs’ best game in the NFL, thus far. After moving to the strong safety role last week, he thrived playing that position this week. Diggs had seven total tackles, an interception and a forced fumble. The interception and forced fumble were the first of his NFL career in those respective categories. He also had a second interception that was overturned after a questionable replay review call.

Adrian Colbert (DB-SF): The rookie recorded three solo tackles, forced his first career fumble on a hit on DeAndre Hopkins and had a pass deflection in a win. Colbert has made a big contribution to the 49ers defense since taking over the free safety position.

Adrian Phillips (SS-LAC): Phillips had five total tackles including a tackle for a loss in a big win for the Chargers. He is now up to a significant 54 total tackles on the season.

Kenny Vaccaro (SS-NO): Vaccaro had three solo tackles in a tough 20-17 loss on Thursday night.

Earl Thomas (FS-SEA): With a depleted secondary alongside him, Thomas played well in coverage and totaled nine tackles in a 30-24 defeat. As always, Thomas took the high road during an on-field scrap late in the game.

Phil Dawson (K-ARI): Dawson went 4-for-5 on field goal attempts (23, 32, 35, 47 yarders), all in the second half to lead the Cardinals to a 12-7 win.

Nick Rose (K-WAS): Rose went 1-for-2 on extra point attempts and did not have a field attempt in a loss.

Justin Tucker (K-BAL): Tucker hit all 5 of his extra point attempts and added a 47-yard field goal in a heartbreaking 39-38 loss. Joe Flacco and the Ravens offense blew a chance to give Tucker an opportunity to hit a game-winning field goal in the last minute.

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