It was a big weekend on the court and on the field for many former Cougars in the professional ranks.
Kyle Collinsworth had one of the best shooting nights of his career as the Texas Legends knocked off the Salt Lake City Stars 112-110. He finished with a season-high 16 points on 7-for-10 shooting from the floor, including 50 percent from the 3-point line. He added five assists and four rebounds and was a game-best +22 in 34 minutes.
He did most of his damage in the third quarter as he scored eight of his 16 points while grabbing two rebounds and handing out two assists.
The Texas Legends Twitter page shared a video of his strong performance.
On the season, he is averaging 7.8 points on 46.3 percent shooting from the field, including 33.3 percent from beyond the arc. He also chips in with 8.1 rebounds, 4.0 assists and 1.3 steals in 33.8 minutes.
On the gridiron
It was a weekend of big stats for some former Cougars in the NFL, including a career day for Green Bay Packers rookie running back Jamaal Williams in a 3-point loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers on Sunday night.
He finished the night with 135 yards from scrimmage and a pair of touchdowns, including his first NFL receiving touchdown on a screen play that he took 54 yards for the score.
The Packers shared video of the touchdown catch on their Twitter page.
His other touchdown came on the ground from 4 yards out in the final minutes of the game to tie the score at 28.
The NFL’s Twitter page shared video of the key touchdown run that finished with Williams diving into the end zone.
On the season, Williams has totaled 224 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 70 carries to go along with 13 catches for 152 yards and another score.
Ziggy Ansah also provided some excitement as he returned to action in a Lions’ 30-23 loss to the Minnesota Vikings. He finished the game with two tackles and a sack in his first game since early November.
On the season, he has 20 total tackles, five sacks, two tackles for loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
Kyle Van Noy also got to the quarterback on Sunday, as he recorded his fifth sack of the season before he left the field with a calf injury. He totaled six tackles, including four of the solo variety and the sack in a 35-17 win over the Miami Dolphins.
As for his injury, it’s not expected to be long-term according to a tweet from Patriots beat reporter Doug Kyed.
Van Noy now has 70 tackles on the season through 11 games, including four tackles for loss and five sacks.
A third former Cougar, Daniel Sorensen recorded a sack as well as he caught Tyrod Taylor and took him down during a 16-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills. He also contributed seven solo tackles in the Chiefs loss.
On the season, he has 67 tackles, three tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks and an interception in 11 games.