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Texas Longhorns in the NFL: Regular Season Week 7

Rookie cornerback Holton Hill notched his first career interception.

NFL: Minnesota Vikings at New York Jets Noah K. Murray-USA TODAY Sports

Going from undrafted to capturing his first career NFL interception, Holton Hill has endured quite the journey since his breakout junior season took a wrong turn and ended prematurely. Now, the rookie cornerback finds himself as a key contributor among a Vikings secondary filled with guys like Harrison Smith, Xavier Rhodes, and Trae Waynes. Not only is Hill playing at a high level, but he is also learning from some of the best in the game while doing it.

The NFL kicking world turned upside down late Sunday afternoon as Justin Tucker missed a game-tying extra point with under two minutes to go. This was Tucker’s first missed extra point since he’s been in the league. Astonishing.

Check out how the rest of the NFL Horns performed throughout week seven.

Week 7 Injuries: D’Onta Foreman (PUP-List), Kenny Vaccaro (elbow)

Injured Reserve: DeShon Elliott (fractured forearm), Chris Warren III (knee), Fozzy Whittaker (ACL), Earl Thomas (broken left tibia), Sam Acho (torn pectoral muscle), Marcus Johnson (torn ligament)

Malcolm Brown (RB-LAR)

Season Totals: 36 carries for 182 yards (5.1 YPC), 3 receptions for 24 yards (8 YPC)

Last Week: 39-10 win at San Francisco 49ers

With the Rams up big on the 49ers, Brown got his chance to shine once again and outgained Todd Gurley by two yards on two fewer touches. Brown ran for 65 yards on 13 carries (5 YPC) and hauled in a six-yard reception. In his fourth NFL season, Brown has turned into a very efficient and reliable backup running back.

This Week: vs. Green Bay Packers (Sun. 3:25 p.m. FOX)

Jamaal Charles (RB-JAC)

Season Totals: 6 carries for 7 yards (1.2 YPC), 2 receptions for 7 yards (3.5 YPC)

Last Week: 20-7 loss vs. Houston Texans

In his second game back in the NFL, Charles had two touches for four yards. With that small of a sample size of touches, it’s hard for the veteran running back to get going and back to NFL level play right away. The Jaguars offense has been embarrassingly non-existent over their past two games, as they’ve put up just seven points both games.

This Week: vs. Philadelphia Eagles (Sun. 8:30 p.m. NFL Network)*

Marquise Goodwin (WR-SF)

Season Totals: 11 receptions for 204 yards (18.5 YPC) - 3 TDs, 1 carry for -1 yard

Last Week: 39-10 loss vs. Los Angeles Rams

In a game where the 49ers got dominated from start to finish, Goodwin caught two passes for 24 yards.

This Week: at Arizona Cardinals (Sun. 3:25 p.m. FOX)

Geoff Swaim (TE-DAL)

Season Totals: 19 receptions for 209 yards (11 YPC) - TD

Last Week: 20-17 loss at Washington Redskins

Swaim caught three passes for 25 yards as the Cowboys lost a heartbreaking game on a missed 52-yard field goal.

This Week: BYE

Tyrone Swoopes (TE-SEA)

Season Totals: 1 reception for 23 yards (23 YPC)

Last Week: BYE

This Week: at Detroit Lions (Sun. 12:00 p.m. FOX)

Malcom Brown (DT-NE)

Season Totals: 13 tackles (11 solo), 2 TFL

Last Week: 38-31 win at Chicago Bears

After missing last week’s game with a knee injury, Brown had three solo tackles to help the Patriots secure a crucial win.

This Week: at Buffalo Bills (Mon. 7:15 p.m. ESPN)

Poona Ford (DT-SEA)

Season Totals: 3 tackles

Last Week: BYE

This Week: at Detroit Lions (Sun. 12:00 p.m. FOX)

Hassan Ridgeway (DT-IND)

Season Totals: 4 tackles (3 solo), TFL

Last Week: 37-5 win vs. Buffalo Bills

Ridgeway’s snap count is slightly increasing week-by-week and he’s been making the most of it. In a blowout victory over the Bills, he totaled two solo tackles including a tackle for a loss.

This Week: at Oakland Raiders (Sun. 3:05 p.m. CBS)

Alex Okafor (DE-NO)

Season Totals: 11 tackles (8 solo), TFL, sack, PD

Last Week: 24-23 win at Baltimore Ravens

Okafor had his best performance of the season this week. Coming off a season where he had 4.5 sacks in 10 games before a season-ending injury, Okafor finally earned his first sack of the 2018 season. Along with a sack, he had three tackles, two quarterback pressures, and a pass deflection.

This Week: at Minnesota Vikings (Sun. 7:20 p.m. NBC)

Brian Orakpo (DE-TEN)

Season Totals: 19 tackles (11 solo), TFL, FR, PD

Last Week: 20-19 loss vs. Los Angeles Chargers

Orakpo had one solo tackle and a quarterback pressure in London.

This Week: BYE

Jordan Hicks (LB-PHI)

Season Totals: 57 tackles (41 solo), 3.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks, FR, 4 PDs

Last Week: 21-17 loss vs. Carolina Panthers

The Eagles were rolling after three quarters, as they were pitching a shutout against the Cam Newton led Carolina offense. All of a sudden, the Panthers scored 21 unanswered points to stun Philadelphia in front of their home crowd. The catalyst of Philadelphia’s linebackers totaled seven tackles (four solo) and had a tackle for a loss. Hicks and the defending Super Bowl champion Eagles are now 3-4 to start the season.

This Week: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (Sun. 8:30 a.m. NFL Network)*

Malik Jefferson (LB-CIN)

Season Totals: 2 tackles (2 solo)

Last Week: 45-10 loss at Kansas City Chiefs

For the second straight game, Jefferson had a solo tackle.

This Week: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (Sun. 12:00 p.m. FOX)

Holton Hill (CB-MIN)

Season Totals: 8 tackles (6 solo), TFL, 2 PDs, INT

Last Week: 37-17 win at New York Jets

Texas Longhorns defensive back crime vs. Sam Darnold struck again after Darnold overthrew a receiver just to land right into the hands of Hill for his first career interception. This interception occurred right after top cornerback Xavier Rhodes was carted off with an injury. To go along with his interception, he notched three solo tackles and deflected two passes. Hill is turning out to be an undrafted steal of a pickup for the Vikings.

This Week: vs. New Orleans Saints (Sun. 7:20 p.m. NBC)

Adrian Colbert (S-SF)

Season Totals: 21 tackles (15 solo), PD

Last Week: 39-10 loss vs. Los Angeles Rams

Colbert had a solo tackle and a pass deflection before being carted off the field with a high ankle sprain injury. It turns out Colbert’s second season is most likely done after the 49ers placed him on their injured reserve list on Monday.

This Week: at Arizona Cardinals (Sun. 3:25 p.m. FOX)

Quandre Diggs (SS-DET)

Season Totals: 30 tackles (25 solo), TFL, 4 PDs, INT, TD

Last Week: 32-21 win at Miami Dolphins

Coming off a bye week looking fully healthy again, Diggs played a key part against the Dolphins run game. He recorded four solo tackles (TFL) and delivered some eye-popping hits on Sunday.

This Week: vs. Seattle Seahawks (Sun. 12:00 p.m. FOX)

Adrian Phillips (SS-LAC)

Season Totals: 25 tackles (18 solo), TFL, 5 PDs, INT

Last Week: 20-19 win vs. Tennessee Titans

In the spotlight overseas at Wembley Stadium, Phillips saved the day for the Chargers with a game-winning pass deflection on a two-point conversion attempt, which would of put the Titans ahead 21-20 with under 40 seconds to go. The key defender totaled seven tackles (six solo) and one tackle for a loss after returning from a slight ankle injury earlier in the game.

This Week: BYE

Michael Dickson (P-SEA)

Season Totals: 31 punts - 46.3 YPP, 12 downed inside-the-20

Last Week: BYE

This Week: at Detroit Lions (Sun. 12:00 p.m. FOX)

Phil Dawson (K-ARI)

Season Totals: 3-5 FGs (60%), 11-11 XPs (100%)

Last Week: 45-10 loss vs. Denver Broncos

Dawson made a 43-yard field goal and his only extra point attempt in a 35-point blowout defeat.

This Week: vs. San Francisco 49ers (Sun. 3:25 p.m. FOX)

Justin Tucker (K-BAL)

Season Totals: 13-15 FGs (86.7%), 15-15 XPs (100%)

Last Week: 24-23 loss vs. New Orleans Saints

Tucker missed an extra point for the first time in his seven-year career on Sunday. This was no ordinary extra point either. It was a game-tying kick that would have notched the score at 24-24 with under two minutes remaining in regulation. Tucker was previously 222-for-222 on extra points leading up to this miss. He took responsibility for the miss after the game and showed pure class to the Ravens.

This Week: at Carolina Panthers (Sun. 12:00 p.m. CBS)

*in London (Wembley Stadium)

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