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Former Utah QB Alex Smith Takes Another Step In NFL Comeback

Nov 8, 2020, 9:21 PM | Updated: Nov 10, 2020, 10:17 am
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Alex Smith #11 of the Washington Football Team celebrates after scoring a touchdown in the fourth quarter against the New York Giants at FedExField on November 08, 2020 in Landover, Maryland. (Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)
(Photo by Greg Fiume/Getty Images)

SALT LAKE CITY, Utah – Former Utah Utes and current Washington Football Team quarterback Alex Smith took another big step in his NFL comeback.

On Sunday, November 8, Smith tossed his first touchdown pass since suffering a brutal leg injury during the 2018 NFL season.

Here is how all of the players with ties to the state of Utah fared during the ninth week of the season.

Former Utah Utes

Kylie Fitts – Linebacker – Arizona Cardinals (5-3)

The former Utah linebacker had one tackle in Arizona’s 34-31 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Next Game: vs. Buffalo Bills (7-2) on Sunday, November 15 at 2:05 p.m. MT on CBS

Leki Fotu – Defensive Tackle – Arizona Cardinals (5-3)

The former Utes defensive lineman and the Cardinals suffered a 34-31 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Next Game: vs. Buffalo Bills (7-2) on Sunday, November 15 at 2:05 p.m. MT on CBS

Zack Moss – Running Back – Buffalo Bills (7-2)

The former Utah running back had nine carries for 18 yards and a touchdown. He added two receptions for 30 yards out of the backfield in Buffalo’s 33-34 win over the Seattle Seahawks.

Next Game: @ Arizona Cardinals (5-3) on Sunday, November 15 at 2:05 p.m. MT on CBS

Jaylon Johnson – Cornerback – Chicago Bears (5-4)

The former Utes cornerback had two total tackles, one solo tackle, and two pass breakups in the Bears’ 24-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans.

Next Game: vs. Minnesota Vikings (3-5) on Monday, November 16 at 6:15 p.m. MT on ESPN

Bradlee Anae – Defensive End – Dallas Cowboys (2-7)

The former Utah defensive end was inactive for the Cowboys’ 24-19 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Next Game: Bye Week

Francis Bernard – Linebacker – Dallas Cowboys (2-7)

The former Utes linebacker and the Cowboys suffered a 24-19 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Next Game: Bye Week

Garrett Bolles – Offensive Tackle – Denver Broncos (3-5)

The former Utah offensive lineman and the Broncos fell 34-27 to the Atlanta Falcons.

Next Game: @ Las Vegas Raiders (5-3) on Sunday, November 15 at 2:05 p.m. MT on CBS

Tim Patrick – Wide Receiver – Denver Broncos (3-5)

The former Utes receiver had four catches for 29 yards and a touchdown in Denver’s 34-27 loss to the Atlanta Falcons.

Next Game: @ Las Vegas Raiders (5-3) on Sunday, November 15 at 2:05 p.m. MT on CBS

John Penisini – Defensive Tackle – Detroit Lions (3-5)

The former Utes defensive lineman and the Lions fell 34-20 to the Minnesota Vikings.

Next Game: vs. Washington Football Team (2-6) on Sunday, November 15 at 11 a.m. MT on FOX

Julian Blackmon – Safety – Indianapolis Colts (5-3)

The former Utah defensive back had three tackles and one tackle for loss in the Colts’ 24-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

Next Game: @ Tennessee Titans (6-2) on Thursday, November 12 at 6:20 p.m. MT on FOX/NFL Network

Josh Nurse – Cornerback – Jacksonville Jaguars (1-7)

The former Utes cornerback and the Jaguars suffered a 27-25 loss to the Houston Texans.

Next Game: @ Green Bay Packers (6-2) on Sunday, November 15 at 11 a.m. MT on FOX

Devontae Booker – Running Back – Las Vegas Raiders (5-3)

The former Utah running back had eight carries for 68 yards and a touchdown in the Raiders’ 31-26 win over the Los Angeles Chargers.

Next Game: vs. Denver Broncos (3-5) on Sunday, November 15 at 2:05 p.m. MT on CBS

Sam Tevi – Offensive Tackle – Los Angeles Chargers (2-6)

The former Utah offensive lineman and the Chargers lost 31-26 to the Las Vegas Raiders.

Next Game: @ Miami Dolphins (5-3) on Sunday, November 15 at 2:05 p.m. MT on CBS

Terrell Burgess – Safety – Los Angeles Rams (5-3)

The former Utes defensive back is out for the season after suffering a broken ankle on Monday Night Football during Week 7 of the season. The Rams had a bye this week.

Next Game: vs. Seattle Seahawks (6-2) on Sunday, November 15 at 2:25 p.m. MT on FOX

Eric Rowe – Safety – Miami Dolphins (5-3)

The former Utes defensive back had five tackles and a tackle for loss in the Dolphins’ 34-31 win over the Arizona Cardinals.

Next Game: vs. Los Angeles Chargers (2-6) on Sunday, November 15 at 2:05 p.m. MT on CBS

Chase Hansen – Safety – New Orleans Saints (6-2)

The former Utes defensive back is currently on New Orleans’ Reserved/Injured List and did not play in the Saints’ 38-3 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Next Game: vs. San Francisco 49ers (4-5) on Sunday, November 15 at 2:25 p.m. MT on FOX

Marcus Williams – Safety – New Orleans Saints (6-2)

The former Utes defensive back had one tackle, one pass breakup, and one interception in the Saints’ 38-3 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Next Game: vs. San Francisco 49ers (4-5) on Sunday, November 15 at 2:25 p.m. MT on FOX

Jackson Barton – Offensive Tackle – New York Giants (2-7)

The former Utah offensive lineman and the Giants beat the Washington Football Team 23-20.

Next Game: vs. Philadelphia Eagles (3-4-1) on Sunday, November 15 at 11 a.m. MT on FOX

Javelin Guidry – Safety – New York Jets (0-9)

The former Utes defensive back and the New York Jets fell to the New England Patriots, 30-27 on Monday Night Football.

Next Game: Bye Week

Mitch Wishnowsky – Punter – San Francisco 49ers (4-5)

The former Utah punter had four punts with an average of 54.8 yards per kick during the Niners’ 34-17 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Thursday Night Football.

Next Game: @ New Orleans Saints (6-2) on Sunday, November 15 at 2:25 p.m. MT on FOX

Cody Barton – Linebacker – Seattle Seahawks (6-2)

The former Utes linebacker had one tackle on special teams in Seattle’s 33-34 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

Next Game: @ Los Angeles Rams (5-3) on Sunday, November 15 at 2:25 p.m. MT on FOX

Marquise Blair – Safety – Seattle Seahawks (6-2)

After week two, the former Utah safety was ruled out for the season with a knee injury by Seattle head coach Pete Carroll. The Seahawks suffered a 44-34 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

Next Game: @ Los Angeles Rams (5-3) on Sunday, November 15 at 2:25 p.m. MT on FOX

Alex Smith – Quarterback – Washington Football Team (2-6)

The former Utah quarterback passed 24/32 for 325 yards, one touchdown, and three interceptions in Washington’s 23-20 loss to the New York Giants.

Next Game: @ Detroit Lions (3-5) on Sunday, November 15 at 11 a.m. MT on FOX

Jared Norris – Linebacker – Washington Football Team (2-6)

The former Utes linebacker and the Washington Football Team suffered a 23-20 loss to the New York Giants.

Next Game: @ Detroit Lions (3-5) on Sunday, November 15 at 11 a.m. MT on FOX

Former BYU Cougars

Sione Takitaki – Linebacker – Cleveland Browns (5-3)

The former BYU linebacker and the Cleveland Browns had a bye this week.

Next Game: vs. Houston Texans (2-6) on Sunday, November 15 at 11 a.m. MT on FOX

Jamaal Williams – Running Back – Green Bay Packers (6-2)

The former BYU running back was inactive for the Packers’ 34-17 win over the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday Night Football.

Next Game: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-7) on Sunday, November 15 at 11 a.m. MT on FOX

Daniel Sorensen – Safety – Kansas City Chiefs (8-1)

The former BYU defensive back had 10 total tackles, eight solo tackles, and a forced fumble in the Chiefs’ 33-31 win over the Carolina Panthers.

Next Game: Bye Week

Michael Davis – Cornerback – Los Angeles Chargers (2-6)

The former BYU defensive back had four tackles and a pass breakup in the Chargers’ 31-26 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders.

Next Game: @ Miami Dolphins (5-3) on Sunday, November 15 at 2:05 p.m. MT on CBS

Kyle Van Noy – Linebacker – Miami Dolphins (5-3)

The former BYU linebacker had five total tackles, four solo tackles, one tackle for loss, and a pass breakup in the Dolphins’ 34-31 win over the Arizona Cardinals.

Next Game: vs. Los Angeles Chargers (2-6) on Sunday, November 15 at 2:05 p.m. MT on CBS

Taysom Hill – Quarterback – New Orleans Saints (6-2)

The former BYU quarterback went 2/2 passing for 48 yards in the Saints’ 38-3 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Hill also had seven carries for 54 yards and one catch for 21 yards.

Next Game: vs. San Francisco 49ers (4-5) on Sunday, November 15 at 2:25 p.m. MT on FOX

Harvey Langi – Linebacker – New York Jets (0-9)

The former BYU linebacker racked up 10 tackles, including 9 solo tackles and one QB hit in the Jets’ 30-27 loss to the New England Patriots on Monday Night Football.

Next Game: Bye Week

Ezekiel Ansah – Defensive End – San Francisco 49ers (4-5)

On October 5, the former BYU defensive end was ruled out for the rest of the season with a torn bicep. The 49ers suffered a 34-17 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Thursday Night Football.

Next Game: @ New Orleans Saints (6-2) on Sunday, November 15 at 2:25 p.m. MT on FOX

Fred Warner – Linebacker – San Francisco 49ers (4-5)

The former BYU linebacker had 13 total tackles, nine solo tackles, and a tackle for loss in the Niners’ 34-17 loss to the Green Bay Packers on Thursday Night Football.

Next Game: @ New Orleans Saints (6-2) on Sunday, November 15 at 2:25 p.m. MT on FOX

Former Utah State Aggies

Tyler Larsen – Center – Carolina Panthers (3-6)

The former USU offensive lineman and the Panthers suffered a 33-31 loss the Kansas City Chiefs.

Next Game: vs. Tampa Bay Buccaneers (6-3) on Sunday, November 15 at 11 a.m. MT on FOX

Patrick Scales – Long Snapper – Chicago Bears (5-4)

The former Aggie long snapper and the Bears suffered a 24-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans.

Next Game: vs. Minnesota Vikings (3-5) on Monday, November 16 at 6:15 p.m. MT on ESPN

Jordan Love – Quarterback – Green Bay Packers (6-2)

The former Utah State quarterback was not active for Green Bay’s 34-17 win over the San Francisco 49ers on Thursday Night Football.

Next Game: vs. Jacksonville Jaguars (1-7) on Sunday, November 15 at 11 a.m. MT on FOX

Darwin Thompson – Running Back – Kansas City Chiefs (8-1)

The former Aggie running back and the Chiefs beat the Carolina Panthers 33-31.

Next Game: Bye Week

JoJo Natson – Wide Receiver – Cleveland Browns (5-3)

After week three, the former Utah State receiver was ruled out for the season with injury. The Browns had a bye this week.

Next Game: vs. Houston Texans (2-6) on Sunday, November 15 at 11 a.m. MT on FOX

Dallin Leavitt – Cornerback – Las Vegas Raiders (5-3)

The former Utah State defensive back was not active for the Raiders’ 31-26 win over the Los Angeles Chargers.

Next Game: vs. Denver Broncos (3-5) on Sunday, November 15 at 2:05 p.m. MT on CBS

Nevin Lawson – Cornerback – Las Vegas Raiders (5-3)

The former Utah State defensive back had three total tackles and two solo tackles in the Raiders’ 31-26 win over the Los Angeles Chargers.

Next Game: vs. Denver Broncos (3-5) on Sunday, November 15 at 2:05 p.m. MT on CBS

Nick Vigil – Linebacker – Los Angeles Chargers (2-6)

The former Utah State linebacker had one tackle on special teams in the Chargers’ 31-26 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders.

Next Game: @ Miami Dolphins (5-3) on Sunday, November 15 at 2:05 p.m. MT on CBS

Kyler Fackrell – Linebacker – New York Giants (2-7)

The former USU linebacker had three total tackles, one solo tackle, and a quarterback hit in the Giants’ 23-20 win over the Washington Football Team.

Next Game: vs. Philadelphia Eagles (3-4-1) on Sunday, November 15 at 11 a.m. MT on FOX

Bobby Wagner – Linebacker – Seattle Seahawks (6-2)

The former Utah State linebacker had six total tackles, four solo tackles, one sack, and a quarterback hit in Seattle’s 33-34 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

Next Game: @ Los Angeles Rams (5-3) on Sunday, November 15 at 2:25 p.m. MT on FOX

Former Weber State Wildcats

Taron Johnson – Cornerback – Buffalo Bills (7-2)

The former Weber State defensive back had five total tackles and three solo tackles in Buffalo’s 33-34 win over the Seattle Seahawks.

Next Game: @ Arizona Cardinals (5-3) on Sunday, November 15 at 2:05 p.m. MT on CBS

Former Southern Utah Thunderbirds

LeShaun Sims – Cornerback – Cincinnati Bengals (2-5-1)

The former SUU defensive back and the Cincinnati Bengals had a bye this week.

Next Game: @ Pittsburgh Steelers (8-0) on Sunday, November 15 at 2:25 p.m. MT on FOX

Miles Killebrew – Safety – Detroit Lions (3-5)

The former Thunderbirds star had one tackle on special teams during a Lions’ 34-20 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Next Game: vs. Washington Football Team (2-6) on Sunday, November 15 at 11 a.m. MT on FOX

Former High School Players

Xavier Su’a-Filo (Timpview/UCLA) – Offensive Guard – Cincinnati Bengals (2-5-1)

The former Timpview star is currently on the Bengals’ Injured/Reserve List. The Bengals had a bye this week.

Next Game: @ Pittsburgh Steelers (8-0) on Sunday, November 15 at 2:25 p.m. MT on FOX

Porter Gustin (Salem Hills/USC) – Defensive End – Cleveland Browns (5-3)

The former Salem Hills star and the Cleveland Browns had a bye this week.

Next Game: vs. Houston Texans (2-6) on Sunday, November 15 at 11 a.m. MT on FOX

Dalton Schultz (Bingham/Stanford) – Tight End – Dallas Cowboys (2-7)

The former Bingham star had four catches for 48 yards in the Cowboys’ 24-19 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Next Game: Bye Week

Noah Togiai (Hunter/Oregon State) – Tight End – Indianapolis Colts (5-3)

The former Hunter star was not active for the Colts’ 24-10 loss to the Baltimore Ravens.

Next Game: @ Tennessee Titans (6-2) on Thursday, November 12 at 6:20 p.m. MT on FOX/NFL Network

Alohi Gilman (Orem/Notre Dame) – Safety – Los Angeles Chargers (2-6)

The former Orem star and the Chargers suffered a 31-26 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders.

Next Game: @ Miami Dolphins (5-3) on Sunday, November 15 at 2:05 p.m. MT on CBS

Andre James (Herriman/UCLA) – Offensive Tackle – Las Vegas Raiders (5-3)

The former Herriman star and the Raiders defeated the Los Angeles Chargers 31-26.

Next Game: vs. Denver Broncos (3-5) on Sunday, November 15 at 2:05 p.m. MT on CBS

Kaden Elliss (Judge Memorial/Idaho) – Linebacker – New Orleans Saints (6-2)

The former Judge Memorial star had one tackle in the Saints’ 38-3 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Next Game: vs. San Francisco 49ers (4-5) on Sunday, November 15 at 2:25 p.m. MT on FOX

Bryan Mone (Highland/Michigan) – Defensive Tackle – Seattle Seahawks (6-2)

The former Highland star and the Seahawks suffered a 44-34 loss to the Buffalo Bills.

Next Game: @ Los Angeles Rams (5-3) on Sunday, November 15 at 2:25 p.m. MT on FOX

Kyle Ireland is a Locals in the NFL Insider for KSLSports.com and host of the Yards After College Podcast. Follow him on Twitter (@kyleireland) and Instagram (@kyleirelandksl).

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