Five Cougars saw action in Week 7 of the NFL’s regular season. Kyle Van Noy had his first NFL touchdown on a blocked punt scoop and score, Michael Davis had two solo tackles on special teams, Taysom Hill continued to do everything to help the Saints win, and Warner totaled nine tackles.
Below are the summaries, statistics, and snap counts for each of the BYU alumni that played this week, as well as an update on the status of other unsigned players.
Michael Davis (CB, Los Angeles, No. 43). Davis came in as a substitute in L.A.’s 20-19 victory over Tennessee. He recorded two solo tackles on special teams. Davis had eight snaps on defense (11%) and 14 snaps on special teams snaps (61%). Season Totals: Seven games as a substitute; six solo tackles, two assisted tackles, one forced fumble.
John Denney (LS, Miami, No. 92). Denny was the long snapper in Miami’s 32-21 loss to Detroit. He played eight snaps on special teams (30%) and recorded no stats. Season Totals: Seven games as a starter; one tackle, three assisted tackles
Taysom Hill (QB, New Orleans, No. 7). Hill came in as a substitute in New Orlean’s 24-23 victory over Baltimore. He continued to do a little bit of everything, recording 35 yards on six carries (including a fake punt) and two tackles on special teams. He also lost a fumble. Hill played 26 snaps on offense (37%) and 20 on special teams (83%). Season Totals: Six games as a substitute; 18 rushes for 125 yards, 1 rushing touchdown, one-of-two passing for 10 yards, one reception for -4 yards, seven kickoff returns for 170 yards, two solo tackles, one assisted tackle
Taysom Hill has turned into New Orleans secret weapon. https://t.co/gSOsTopGug
— Andrea Urban (@AndreaUrbanTV) October 22, 2018
Drew Brees pitches it back to Taysom Hill and he runs for the 1st down. Love the ways they use him!#WhoDat#GoCougs pic.twitter.com/UXNbWiioOD
— Jessica B (@YFanGirl_JB) October 21, 2018
Taysom Hill could become the best utility player of all time https://t.co/0PuNXXBuVK pic.twitter.com/E4YHhzMofg
— WWL-TV (@WWLTV) October 21, 2018
Kyle Van Noy (LB, New England, No. 53). Van Noy started at linebacker in New England’s 38-31 victory over Chicago. He recorded six solo tackles, one tackle for loss, and one scoop and score on a blocked punt–his first NFL touchdown. Van Noy played 76 snaps on defense (93%) and 10 more on special teams (30%). Season Totals: Seven games as starter; 24 solo tackles, 13 assisted tackles, one pass defended, one quarterback hurry, two tackles for loss, one interception, one fumble recovery, one touchdown on a blocked punt.
Blocked by @zeus30hightower.
Returned by @KVN_03.
TOUCHDOWN, #PATRIOTS! #NEvsCHI | #GoPats pic.twitter.com/Y0nY4oHr5z
— New England Patriots (@Patriots) October 21, 2018
Fred Warner (LB, San Francisco, No. 48). Warner started again at linebacker in San Francisco’s 39-10 loss to the LA Rams. He recorded four solo tackles, four assisted tackles, and another solo tackle on special teams. Warner played all 61 snaps on defense (100%) and 13 snaps on special teams (43%). He remained ranked no. 7 in the NFL in total tackles (58). Season Totals: Seven games as starter; 43 solo tackles, 16 assisted tackles, three tackles for loss, one quarterback hit, two passes defended, one forced fumble.
Jamaal Williams (RB, Green Bay, No. 30). Green Bay had a bye this week. Season Totals: Five games as starter, one as substitute; 59 rushes for 234 yards, eight receptions for 57 yards.
- Ezekiel Ansah (DE, Detroit, No. 94). Ansah is still not active. He suffered a minor shoulder injury in Week one and has practiced on a limited basis. Season Totals: One game as a starter, three solo tackles, one assisted tackle, one tackle for loss, one quarterback hit, one sack
- Daniel Sorensen (S, Kansas City, No. 49). Sorensen suffered a tibial plateau fracture as an MCL injury and lateral meniscus tear in the knee during the preseason. He underwent surgery in late August and will be re-evaluated at the end of September. Season Totals: No games, no stats
- Micah Hannemann (DB, L.A. Chargers, No. 35). It has been reported that Hannemann was signed to the Chargers practice squad on October 21. Preseason Totals: Four games, six solo tackles, one assisted tackle. He was waived by the Chargers on September 1st and then re-signed to the practice squad on October 21st.
- Bronson Kaufusi (DE, New York Jets, No. 92). Preseason Totals: Five games, nine solo tackles, three assisted tackles, three tackle for loss, one pass deflection, three quarterback hurries, one fumble recovery, and one sack. Kaufusi was waived by Baltimore on September 1st, and was picked up by the New York Jets the following week and added to their practice squad.
- Tomasi Laulile (DT, New Orleans). Cut by Indianapolis in preseason but picked up by the Saints on September 27. Preseason Totals: Three games, three solo tackles, two assisted tackles, one tackle for loss, one quarterback hurry, one sack. Laulile was waived September 1st by the Colts, and worked out by Houston on September 4th before being signed by New Orleans on September 27.
- Dallin Leavitt (S, Oakland, No. 45). Preseason Totals: Four games, 16 solo tackles, one tackle for loss, one forced fumble, one pass defended. Leavitt was waived by the Raiders on September 1st but added to their practice squad the next day.
- Kai Nacua (S, Baltimore, No. 31). Preseason Totals: Four games, 12 solo tackles, five assisted tackles, one tackle for loss, one forced fumble, one pass defended, one interception for a touchdown. He was waived by the Ravens on August 31st but was resigned and added to the practice squad.
- De’Ondre Wesley (OT, Buffalo, No. 74). Preseason Totals: Three games, no stats. Wesley was waived by the Bills on September 1st but re-signed the following day and added to the practice squad.
Cut Prior to the Regular Season.
- Algie Brown (FB, Kansas City, No. 30). Preseason Totals: Two games, no stats. Was waived by the Chiefs on September 1st and is currently an unsigned free agent.
- Tejan Koroma (C, Kansas City). After a promising summer was injured and waived prior to preseason.
- Harvey Langi (LB, New England, No. 48). Langi suffered an internal laceration after a hit in the first week of the preseason sat the remainder of the preseason due to concerns with his kidney. He was waived by the Patriots on September 1st and is currently an unsigned free agent. It has been reported that the Patriots plan to sign him to their practice squad if he clears waivers (and it was reported here that he was, but this is unconfirmed).
- Jordan Leslie (WR, Denver, No. 19). Preseason Totals: Four games, nine receptions for 110 yards, one touchdown, two tackles. Leslie was waived by the Broncos on September 1st and is currently an unsigned free agent.
- Colby Pearson (WR, Atlanta, No. 84). Preseason Totals: Two games, no stats. Pearson was waived by the Falcons on August 24th and is currently an unsigned free agent.
- Jonah Trinnaman (WR, New York, No. 9). Preseason totals: One game, no stats. Trinnaman was waived by the Jets on August 30th and is currently an unsigned free agent.
For more information on each of these Pros, click on their names. It will redirect you to their player profiles which include short summaries of their BYU and NFL careers. During the season I will update these profiles with week-to-week game summaries and statistics. Note: Not all the profiles are up right now, but I’ll be adding most of them in the next week or two.