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Starting QBs, hurdling, and Interceptions highlight Week 13: BYU Football Pro Tracker

Overall, it was a really good week for BYU alumni in the NFL.  Taysom Hill and Zach Wilson both got the nod at starting quarterback and played well despite losses.  Sorensen and Davis each had picks in their games, and Jamaal Williams and Khyiris Tonga both had big games.

Zach Wilson played admirably in his first game back since injury.  He went 23-for-38 passing for 227 yards with two touchdowns and one interception in defeat.  He also rushed three times for 0 yards and a score.  The game was a positive step in the right direction with Wilson, who threw touchdown passes on each of the first two drives.

Meanwhile, Taysom Hill got his first start this season at quarterback, despite still not being 100% since his injury.  To make matters worse, early in the game he injured a finger on this throwing hand.  That finger had to be splintered for use throughout the game and clearly affected his throwing game.

Hill went 6-for-7 pre hand injury, but finished the game just 19-of-41 passing for 264 yards and two touchdowns with four interceptions. The difficult throwing situation probably inspired more running, and Hill finished with a season high 11 carries for 101 yards (9.2 avg), including one that had him hurdling another Texas football player.

“Dirty Dan” Sorensen made the highlight reel for the week with a 75 yard pick six that put the game away for Kansas City.

And Michael Davis had an interception of his own to go along with two solo tackles.

In total there were five former Cougs that got starts for their NFL teams (Davis, Hill, Van Noy, Jamaal Williams, and Wilson), with another four coming off the bench, two out with injuries, two healthy scratches, two byes, and seven on practice squads.  Below you get the snap counts and statistics for each active player.

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Active Roster (11)

  • Francis Bernard (LB, Cowboys). Played 22 snaps on special teams (69%) and had one tackle. Season totals: Five games, four tackles (one solo).
  • Brady Christensen (OL, Panthers). Bye in week 13.  Season totals: 12  games, two starts, one solo tackle.
  • Michael Davis (CB, Chargers). Started and played 72 defensive snaps (95%) and two snaps on special teams (7%). Had two solo tackles and an interception. Season totals: 10 games, 10 starts, 37 tackles (30 solo), two fumble recoveries for 36 yards, four passes defended, and an interception.
  • Taysom Hill (QB, Saints). Started at QB and played all 70 offensive snaps (100%). Hill completed 19-of-41 passes for 264 yards and two touchdowns with four interceptions. He also rushed 11 times for 101 yards (9.2 avg). Season totals: Eight games, five starts, 26-for-49 passing for 320 yards, two touchdowns, and five interceptions, four receptions for 52 yards, 31 rushes for 203 yards and three touchdowns, one tackle.
  • Dallin Leavitt (DB, Raiders). Played 8 defensive snaps (12%) and 20 snaps on special teams (87%), no stats. Season totals: 11 games, 29 tackles (15 solo), one pass defended, two fumble recoveries (with 30 return yards).
  • Daniel Sorensen (S, Chiefs). Played 39 defensive snaps (51%) and seven snaps on special teams (32%) and had two solo tackles and an interception returned 75 yards for a touchdown. Season totals: 12 games, five starts, 43 tackles (34 solo), three tackles for loss, three quarterback hits, three passes defended, and two interceptions (with one returned 75 yards for a touchdown).
  • Sione Takitaki (LB, Browns). Bye in week 13. Season totals: 11 games, six starts, 34 tackles (15 solo), one quarterback hit, three tackles for loss, one fumble recovery.
  • Khyiris Tonga (DT, Bears). Played 17 defensive snaps (32%) and eight snaps on special teams (33%), had three tackles. Season totals: 11 games, one start, 18 tackles (nine solo), one tackle for loss.
  • Kyle Van Noy (LB, Patriots). Started, and had one solo tackle and one pass defended. Season totals: Nine games, four starts, 42 tackles (28 solo), four sacks, two tackles for loss, one quarterback hit, 10 passes defended, two forced fumbles, one fumble recovery, one interception for a 35 yard touchdown.
  • Jamaal Williams (RB, Lions). Started and played 34 offensive snaps (47%). He rushed 17 times for 71 yards and had one nine yard reception and a fumble (after having broken the NFL record for most carries without a fumble) Season totals: 10 games, nine starts, 110 carries for 459 yards and two touchdowns, 22 receptions for 126 yards.
  • Zach Wilson (QB, Jets). Started and played all 59 snaps on offense (100%). He went 23-for-38 passing for 227 yards, two touchdowns, and one interception and rushed three times for 0 yards and a score. Season totals: Eight games, eight starts 141-for-243 passing (.58), 1540 yards, six touchdowns, 11 interceptions. 13 rushes for 25 yards and two touchdowns.  He has been sacked 25 times (3.1 sacks/game avg).

On Roster but Inactive (4)

  • Dax Milne (WR, Washington). Didn’t play in week 13 as a healthy scratch. Season totals: Nine games, one start, seven receptions for 71 yards
  • Harvey Langi (LB, Patriots). Langi suffered a sprained MCL and was placed on injured reserve October 26. He returned to practice this week, opening a 21-day activation window. He could return to action in Week 14. Season totals: Seven games, one start, three tackles (one solo).
  • Fred Warner (OLB, 49ers). Did not play in week 13 after suffering a hamstring injury during week 12—missing his first game as a 49er. He is expected to return to practice this week.  Season totals: 11 games, 11 starts, 92 tackles (55 solo), four tackles for loss, three passes defended, two fumble recoveries.
  • Ty’Son Williams (RB, Ravens). Did not play in week 13 as a healthy scratch. Season totals: Nine games, three starts, 33 rushes for 182 yards and one touchdown, nine receptions for 84 yards.

Practice Squads (7)

  • Zayne Anderson (CB, Chiefs). Season totals: one game, no stats
  • Matt Bushman (TE, Raiders). Season totals: two games, no stats.
  • Tristen Hoge (OT, Browns).
  • Bronson Kaufusi (TE, Packers).
  • Kai Nacua (S, 49ers). Season totals: one game, no stats.
  • Troy Warner (S, Rams).
  • Chris Wilcox (DB, Colts).

Free Agents (10)

The follow players had an NFL contract at some point in 2021 but are not currently signed to an NFL team: Ziggy Ansah (DE, 49ers), Zac Dawe (DL, Falcons), John Denney (LS, Saints), Kavika Fonua (DB, Panthers), Chandon Herring (OT, Titans), Aleva Hifo (WR, Cardinals), Corbin Kaufusi (OT, 49ers), Isaiah Kaufusi (LB, Colts), Dayan Lake (S, Rams), Micah Simon (WR, Panthers).

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