By: Jay Yeomans
Published: December 30, 2018
It was a huge weekend for many of the former BYU players playing in the NFL.
Kyle Van Noy found pay dirt for the second time this season as the New England Patriots hammered the New York Jets, 38-3. The Patriots defensive standout came up with the big play in the third quarter when he scooped up a Sam Darnold fumble and returned it 46 yards for the score.
The Patriots Twitter page shared video of the big return.
He also chipped in with three tackles and a quarterback hit as New England won its 11th game of the year.
On the season, Van Noy totaled 92 combined tackles, including 55 of the solo variety. He also managed 10 quarterback hurries, five tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, two passes defended, two fumble recoveries, a forced fumble, a defensive touchdown and a special teams touchdown.
Taysom Hill also found the endzone for the second time this season as the shorthanded New Orleans Saints lost to the Carolina panthers, 33-14.
The former BYU signal caller proved to be tough to tackle as he punched in the Saints’ second score of the day from nine yards out late in the fourth quarter.
The New Orleans Saints Twitter page shared highlights of the impressive run.
On the day, Hill totaled three carries for 11 yards and also made a three-yard reception.
As the Saints jack-of-all-trades, Hill finished the season with 37 carries for 196 yards and two scores. He added three catches for four yards and completed 3 of 7 passes for 64 yards. He also registered 14 kick returns for 348 yards (24.9 yard per return) and managed six tackles and a blocked punt on special teams.
Daniel Sorensen was the third Cougar to score a touchdown on Sunday as the Kansas City Chiefs clinched homefield advantage in the AFC as they knocked off the Oakland Raiders 35-3.
Sorensen’s score came midway through the first quarter when he picked off a Derek Carr throw and returned it 54 yards to push the Kansas City lead to 14-0.
The Kansas City Chiefs Twitter shared video of the interception return.
Sorensen added two tackles to finish to finish the year with 26 combined stops, two passes defended, a fumble recovery and an interception.
Jamaal Williams only had 11 touches on Sunday as the Green Bay Packers got crushed by the Detroit Lions, 31-0. In the loss, he had eight carries for four yards and also caught three passes for another 16 yards.
On the season, Williams finished with 121 carries for 464 yards and three touchdowns in the running game. He also managed 27 receptions for 210 yards and returned four kicks for 95 yards.
Bronson Kaufusi landed on the stat sheet for the New York Jets in his third game in uniform. While he didn’t register a tackle, the defensive lineman did total his first pass defended as a pro.
Fred Warner had a big tackle day as the San Francisco 49ers closed out their season with a 48-32 loss to the Los Angeles Rams.
In the loss, Warner led the way with 14 combined tackles, including nine solo stops.
It capped off an impressive rookie campaign for Warner who paced the 49ers with 124 combined tackles, including 85 solos and four tackles for loss. He also chipped in with six passes defended, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
Michael Davis also rounded out a strong 2018 season in fine fashion on Sunday as the Los Angeles Chargers beat the Denver Broncos 23-9.
In the two touchdown win, Davis tied his career-high in combined tackles with nine and passes defended with two for the playoff-bound Chargers.
On the season, Davis registered 50 combined tackles, including 40 solo stops. He also totaled eight passes defended and two forced fumbles.