By: Jay Yeomans
Published: September 23, 2018
Despite their teams coming away with very different results, a pair of former Cougars made huge impacts during the Sunday morning NFL games.
Taysom Hill made his presence felt on offense and on special teams as the New Orleans Saints came away with a 43-37 win over the Atlanta Falcons. In the high scoring affair, the former BYU signal caller delivered a handful of impressive blocks and also registered three carries for 39 yards. His biggest play came on a third-and-2 when he faked a hand off and busted off the right side for a 35-yard run to give the Saints a much-needed first down.
The Saints’ Twitter page shared video of the big run.
Hill also delivered on special teams with a key assisted tackle as well as three kick returns for 64 yards.
New Orleans coach Sean Payton talked about what Hill brings to the Saints in a video shared by Garland Gillen on Twitter.
It’s really good to see Payton finds ways to use such a talented athlete in Hill, and even better to see Hill produce some game-changing plays during his limited time on the field.
Fred Warner also had a big day as the San Francisco 49ers got beat by the Kansas City Chiefs, 38-27. The 49ers rookie linebacker totaled double figures in tackles for the third straight game, leading the team with 11 total tackles, including nine of the solo variety and two tackles for loss. The third round pick was also credited with a pass defended in the loss.
Through three games for a 1-2 San Francisco squad, Warner is leading the team with 33 total tackles, including 28 solo stops, three tackles for loss and a pair of passes defended.
Jamaal Williams also made some big plays even though he split time in the backfield with Aaron Jones and Ty Montgomery as his Green Bay Packers fell to the Washington Redskins, 28-17. The Cougars’ all-time leading rusher had five carries for 29 yards and also recorded two receptions for 16 yards
Not bad production for the Williams when you consider he played less than half of the offensive snaps for Green Bay in the road loss.
In three games this season, Williams has managed 36 carries for 135 yards to go along with five catches for another 28 yards.
We will update how the rest of the former Cougars did on the field once the afternoon and night games are completed.