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First start for Brady Christensen and first reception for Dax Milne: BYU Football Pro Tracker, Week 5

While week five was a relatively quiet one for former Cougs in the NFL, but it was an exciting weekend for a few of the rookies.

Rookie offensive lineman Brady Christensen got his first start and looked good in Carolina’s 21-18 loss to Philadelphia. Rookies Ty’Son Williams (RB, Baltimore) and Dax Milne (WR, Washington) both sat out last weeks’ contests, but played significant roles in this weeks’ games.  Williams got back into the rotation and rushed four times for six yards and had two receptions for 15 yards.  And Milne had his highest snap count of the season (35) and made it count win an incredible six yard toe-drag reception—the first of his NFL career (see clip below).

In other action, linebacker Sione Takitaki also had his highest snap count of the season (38) in Cleveland’s 47-42 loss to the Chargers.  And he made the most of that opportunity, recording five tackles (two solo) and a quarterback hit.

Starters Fred Warner (LB, San Francisco) and Jamaal Williams (RB, Detroit) both had solid outings.  Williams rushed 13 times for 57 yards and had two receptions for another eight yards.  Warner had nine tackles (seven solo) in the 49ers 17-10 loss to Arizona.  Warner is currently no. 5 in the NFL in solo tackles and no. 10 in total tackles.

In total, there were 14 former BYU players in-action during week two (seven starters), with one in-active and another seven on practice squads.  Below you get the snap counts and statistics for each active player.

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In-Action Week 2 (14): Eight starters and four reserves

  • Brady Christensen (OL, Panthers). Got his first start at right tackle and played all 71 snaps on offense (100% and five snaps on special teams (16%), no stats.  Season totals: five games, one solo tackle.
  • Michael Davis (CB, Chargers). Started and played 71 defensive snaps (99%). He had three solo tackles. Season totals: Five games, 21 tackles (17 solo), two fumble recoveries for 36 yards.
  • Taysom Hill (QB, Saints). Started and played 9 snaps on offense (16%). He was targeted twice and had one reception for 11 yards. He took a scary hit and was carted off the field (see clip below). Season totals: Five games, 3-for-4 passing for 12 yards and an interception, three receptions for 37 yards, 16 rushes for 75 yards and three touchdowns, one tackle.
  • Harvey Langi (LB, Patriots). Played 13 snaps on special teams (48%), no stats. Season totals: Five games, one solo tackle.
  • Dallin Leavitt (DB, Raiders). Played 21 snaps on special teams (95%) and had two tackles (one solo). Season totals: Four games, seven tackles (two solo), one pass defended.
  • Dax Milne (WR, Washington). After sitting last week, Milne got considerable snaps this week with 34 snaps on offense (41%) and one on special teams (3%). He was targeted just once but had a six yard reception—the first of his NFL career.  Season totals: Four games, one six yard reception.
  • Daniel Sorensen (S, Chiefs). Started and played all 57 defensive snaps (100%) and five snaps on special teams (17%). Had four tackles (three solo).  Season totals: Five games, 34 tackles (26 solo), two tackles for loss, two quarterback hits, one pass defended.
  • Sione Takitaki (LB, Browns). Played 17 defensive snaps (23%) and 21 snaps on special teams (66%). He had five tackles (two solo) and a quarterback hit. Season totals: Four games, 10 tackles (five solo), one quarterback hit, one tackle for loss, one fumble recovery.
  • Khyiris Tonga (DT, Bears). Played five defensive snaps (7%) and one snap on special teams (5%), no stats. Season totals: Five games, six tackles (four solo).
  • Kyle Van Noy (LB, Patriots). Played 43 defensive snaps (73%) and had three tackles (one solo). Season totals: Four games, 10 tackles (six solo), one sack, one tackle for loss, one quarterback hit, one pass defended.
  • Fred Warner (OLB, 49ers). Started and played all 61 defensive snaps (100%) and one snap on special teams (5%). Had nine tackles (seven solo). He is currently no. 5 in the NFL in solo tackles and no. 10 in total tackles.  Season totals: Five games, 44 tackles (29 solo), two tackles for loss, one pass defended.
  • Jamaal Williams (RB, Lions). Started and played 22 offensive snaps (32%) and rushed 13 times for 57 yards. He also had two receptions for another eight yards. Season totals: Five games, 55 carries for 244 yards and two touchdowns, 15 receptions for 101 yards.
  • Ty’Son Williams (RB, Ravens). After sitting last week, Williams got back into the rotation with 14 offensive snaps (19%). He rushed four times for six yards and had two receptions for 15 yards. Season totals: 31 rushes for 171 yards and one touchdown, seven receptions for 60 yards.
  • Zach Wilson (QB, Jets). Started and played all 56 offensive snaps (100%). He went 19-for-32 passing for 192 yards and one interception. He also rushed one time for 3 yards. Season totals: four games 98-for-171 passing (.573), 1117 yards, four touchdowns, nine interceptions.  Eight rushes for 22 yards.  He has been sacked 18 times (3.6 sacks/game avg).

On Roster but In-Active Week 5 (1)

  • Francis Bernard (LB, Cowboys). Still out with a hamstring injury.

Practice Squads (7)

  • Zayne Anderson (CB, Chiefs). Season totals: one game, no stats; Tristen Hoge (OT, Browns), Matt Bushman (TE, Raiders), Bronson Kaufusi (TE, Packers), Kai Nacua (S, 49ers), 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).

Highlights from Week 4

Dax Milne

Brady Christensen

Zach Wilson

Taysom Hill

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