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Former Cougars, Utes Make Big Plays During Final Week Of NFL’s Regular Season

Jan 8, 2023, 9:32 PM | Updated: 10:24 pm

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Jamaal Williams #30 of the Detroit Lions celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown during the fourth quarter against the Green Bay Packers at Lambeau Field on January 08, 2023 in Green Bay, Wisconsin. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

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SALT LAKE CITY – Former BYU Cougars and Utah Utes made big plays to lead the local players during the final week of the regular season.

Here is how all of the players with ties to the state of Utah performed during the 18th week of the 2022 NFL season.

 

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Former Utah Utes

Leki Fotu – Defensive Lineman – Arizona Cardinals (4-13)

The former Utah defensive lineman had one tackle in Arizona’s 38-13 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

Next Game: None – Eliminated from Playoff Contention

Tyler Huntley – Quarterback – Baltimore Ravens (10-7)

The former Utah quarterback was inactive for Baltimore’s 27-16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

Next Game: Playoffs – Super Wild Card Round @ Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, January 15 at 6:15 p.m. (MDT) on KSL 5 TV

Marcus Williams – Safety – Baltimore Ravens (10-7)

The former Utah defensive back had seven total tackles, five solo tackles, one tackle for loss, and a pass breakup in Baltimore’s 27-16 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

Next Game: Playoffs – Super Wild Card Round @ Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, January 15 at 6:15 p.m. (MDT) on KSL 5 TV

Jaylon Johnson – Cornerback – Chicago Bears (3-14)

The former Utah defensive back is on Chicago’s Injured Reserve list. The Bears suffered a 29-13 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Next Game: None – Eliminated from Playoff Contention

Garett Bolles – Offensive Line – Denver Broncos (5-12)

The former Utah offensive lineman is currently on Denver’s Injured Reserve list with a leg injury. The Broncos beat the Los Angeles Chargers, 31-28.

Next Game: None – Eliminated from Playoff Contention

Tim Patrick – Wide Receiver – Denver Broncos (5-12)

The former Utah wide receiver is currently on Denver’s Injured Reserve list with a knee injury. The Broncos beat the Los Angeles Chargers, 31-28.

Next Game: None – Eliminated from Playoff Contention

Julian Blackmon – Safety – Indianapolis Colts (4-12-1)

The former Utah defensive back had eight total tackles, six solo tackles, one tackle for loss, and a fumble recovery in Indianapolis’ 32-31 loss to the Houston Texans.

Next Game: None – Eliminated from Playoff Contention

Zack Moss – Running Back – Indianapolis Colts (4-12-1)

The former Utah running back had 18 carries for 114 yards and one touchdown in Indianapolis’ 32-31 loss to the Houston Texans. Moss also had three receptions for seven yards and one tackle.

Next Game: None – Eliminated from Playoff Contention

Devin Lloyd – Linebacker – Jacksonville Jaguars (9-8)

The former Utah linebacker had two total tackles and one solo tackle in Jacksonville’s 20-16 win over the Tennessee Titans on Saturday, January 7.

Next Game: Playoffs – Super Wild Card Round vs. Los Angeles Chargers on Saturday, January 14 at 6:15 p.m. (MDT) on KSL 5 TV

Jackson Barton – Offensive Lineman – Las Vegas Raiders (6-11)

The former Utah offensive lineman and the Raiders suffered a 31-13 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday, January 7.

Next Game: None – Eliminated from Playoff Contention

Matt Gay – Kicker – Los Angeles Rams (5-12)

The former Utah kicker was 3/3 on field goals and 1/1 on PATs in Los Angeles’ 19-16 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Next Game: None – Eliminated from Playoff Contention

Eric Rowe – Cornerback – Miami Dolphins (9-8)

The former Utah defensive back had three total tackles, one solo tackle, and a tackle for loss in Miami’s 11-6 win over the New York Jets.

Next Game: Playoffs – Super Wild Card Round @ Buffalo Bills on Sunday, January 15 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS

Chase Hansen – Linebacker – New Orleans Saints (7-10)

The former Utah defensive back had one tackle in New Orleans’ 10-7 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

Next Game: None – Eliminated from Playoff Contention

Bradlee Anae – Defensive End – New York Jets (7-10)

The former Utah defensive end was inactive for New York’s 11-6 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Next Game: None – Eliminated from Playoff Contention

Britain Covey – Wide Receiver – Philadelphia Eagles (14-3)

The former Utah wide receiver returned two punts for a total of 30 yards in Philadelphia’s 22-16 win over the New York Giants.

Next Game: Playoffs – Divisional Round vs. TBD on Saturday, January 21, or Sunday, January 22

Mitch Wishnowsky – Punter – San Francisco 49ers (13-4)

The former Utah punter punted five times with an average of 43.6 yards per kick in San Francisco’s 38-13 win over the Arizona Cardinals.

Next Game: Playoffs – Super Wild Card Round vs. Seattle Seahawks on Saturday, January 14 @ 2:30 p.m. (MDT) on FOX

Cody Barton – Linebacker – Seattle Seahawks (9-8)

The former Utah linebacker had seven total tackles, six solo tackles, and a pass breakup in Seattle’s 19-16 overtime win over the Los Angeles Rams.

Next Game: Playoffs – Super Wild Card Round @ San Francisco 49ers on Saturday, January 14 @ 2:30 p.m. (MDT) on FOX

Practice Squad Players

  • Cole Fotheringham – Tight End – Las Vegas Raiders
  • Terrell Burgess – Safety – New York Giants
  • Javelin Guidry – Cornerback – Atlanta Falcons

Former BYU Cougars

Andy Reid – Head Coach – Kansas City Chiefs (14-3)

The former BYU player and graduate assistant led the Chiefs to a 31-13 win over the Las Vegas Raiders on Saturday, January 7.

Next Game: Playoffs – Divisional Round vs. TBD on Saturday, January 21, or Sunday, January 22

Tyler Allgeier – Running Back – Atlanta Falcons (7-10)

The former BYU running back had 24 carries for 135 yards in Atlanta’s 30-17 win over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Allgeier also recorded one tackle.

Next Game: None – Eliminated from Playoff Contention

Ty’Son Williams – Running Back – Arizona Cardinals (4-13)

The former BYU running back had one reception for five yards in Arizona’s 38-13 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

Next Game: None – Eliminated from Playoff Contention

Brady Christensen – Offensive Lineman – Carolina Panthers (7-10)

The former BYU offensive lineman and the Panthers beat the New Orleans Saints, 10-7.

Next Game: None – Eliminated from Playoff Contention

Sione Takitaki – Linebacker – Cleveland Browns (7-10)

The former BYU linebacker is currently on Cleveland’s Injured Reserve list. The Browns suffered a 28-13 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Next Game: None – Eliminated from Playoff Contention

Jamaal Williams – Running Back – Detroit Lions (9-8)

The former BYU running back had 16 carries for 72 yards and two touchdowns in Detroit’s 20-16 win over the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football.

Next Game: None – Eliminated from Playoff Contention

Harvey Langi – Linebacker – Las Vegas Raiders (6-11)

The former BYU linebacker had two tackles in Las Vegas’ 31-13 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday, January 7.

Next Game: None – Eliminated from Playoff Contention

Michael Davis – Cornerback – Los Angeles Chargers (10-7)

The former BYU defensive back had one tackle and a pass breakup in Los Angeles’ 31-28 loss to the Denver Broncos.

Next Game: Playoffs – Super Wild Card Round @ Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday, January 14 at 6:15 p.m. (MDT) on KSL 5 TV

Kyle Van Noy – Linebacker – Los Angeles Chargers (10-7)

The former BYU linebacker had five total tackles, three solo tackles, one sack, one tackle for loss, one pass breakup, and a quarterback hit in Los Angeles’ 31-28 loss to the Denver Broncos.

Next Game: Playoffs – Super Wild Card Round @ Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday, January 14 at 6:15 p.m. (MDT) on KSL 5 TV

Khyiris Tonga – Defensive Tackle – Minnesota Vikings (13-4)

The former BYU defensive lineman had two tackles in Minnesota’s 29-13 win over the Chicago Bears.

Next Game: Playoffs – Super Wild Card Round vs. New York Giants on Sunday, January 15 at 2:30 p.m. (MDT) on FOX

Taysom Hill – Tight End – New Orleans Saints (7-10)

The former BYU quarterback had five carries for 24 yards and one reception for one yard in New Orleans’ 10-7 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

Next Game: None – Eliminated from Playoff Contention

Daniel Sorensen – Safety – New Orleans Saints (7-10)

The former BYU defensive back had four total tackles, three solo tackles, one pass breakup, and an interception in New Orleans’ 10-7 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

Next Game: None – Eliminated from Playoff Contention

Zach Wilson – Quarterback – New York Jets (7-10)

The former BYU quarterback and the Jets suffered an 11-6 loss to the Miami Dolphins.

Next Game: None – Eliminated from Playoff Contention

Fred Warner – Linebacker – San Francisco 49ers (13-4)

The former BYU linebacker had eight total tackles and six solo tackles in San Francisco’s 38-13 win over the Arizona Cardinals.

Next Game: Playoffs – Super Wild Card Round vs. Seattle Seahawks on Saturday, January 14 @ 2:30 p.m. (MDT) on FOX

Dax Milne – Wide Receiver – Washington Commanders (8-8-1)

The former BYU wide receiver returned seven punts for a total of 55 yards in Washington’s 26-6 win over the Dallas Cowboys.

Next Game: None – Eliminated from Playoff Contention

Practice Squad Players

  • Zayne Anderson – Safety – Kansas City Chiefs
  • James Empey – Offensive Lineman – Miami Dolphins

Former Utah State Aggies

Nick Vigil – Linebacker – Arizona Cardinals (4-13)

The former Utah State linebacker is currently on Arizona’s Injured Reserve list. The Cardinals suffered a 38-13 loss to the San Francisco 49ers.

Next Game: None – Eliminated from Playoff Contention

Patrick Scales – Long Snapper – Chicago Bears (3-14)

The former Utah State long snapper and the Bears suffered a 29-13 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Next Game: None – Eliminated from Playoff Contention

Jalen Davis – Cornerback – Cincinnati Bengals (12-4)

The former Utah State defensive back was inactive for Cincinnati’s 27-16 win over the Baltimore Ravens.

Next Game: Playoffs – Super Wild Card Round vs. Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, January 15 at 6:15 p.m. (MDT) on KSL 5 TV

Dallin Leavitt – Safety – Green Bay Packers (8-9)

The former Utah State defensive back and the Packers suffered a 20-16 loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday Night Football.

Next Game: None – Eliminated from Playoff Contention

Jordan Love – Quarterback – Green Bay Packers (8-9)

The former Utah State quarterback and the Packers suffered a 20-16 loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday Night Football.

Next Game: None – Eliminated from Playoff Contention

Tipa Galeai – Linebacker – Green Bay Packers (8-9)

The former Utah State linebacker is currently on Green Bay’s Injured Reserve. The Packers suffered a 20-16 loss to the Detroit Lions on Sunday Night Football.

Next Game: None – Eliminated from Playoff Contention

Bobby Wagner – Linebacker – Los Angeles Rams (5-12)

The former Utah State linebacker had seven tackles, one tackle for loss, and a quarterback hit in Los Angeles’ 19-16 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Next Game: None – Eliminated from Playoff Contention

Deven Thompkins – Wide Receiver – Tampa Bay Buccaneers (8-9)

The former Utah State receiver had four receptions for 25 yards and one rush for 17 yards in Tampa Bay’s 30-17 loss to the Atlanta Falcons. Thompkins also returned one kickoff for 24 yards and one punt for 12 yards.

Next Game: Playoffs – Super Wild Card Round vs. Dallas Cowboys on Monday, January 16 at 6:15 p.m. (MDT) on ABC/ESPN/ESPN2

Tyler Larsen – Offensive Lineman – Washington Commanders (8-8-1)

The former Utah State offensive lineman is currently on Washington’s Injured Reserve list. The Commanders beat the Dallas Cowboys, 26-6.

Next Game: None – Eliminated from Playoff Contention

Practice Squad Players

  • Derek Wright – Wide Receiver – Carolina Panthers
  • Darwin Thompson – Running Back – Seattle Seahawks

Former Weber State Wildcats

Taron Johnson – Cornerback – Buffalo Bills (13-3)

The former Weber State defensive back had eight total tackles, six solo tackles, one tackle for loss, and a pass breakup in Buffalo’s 35-23 win over the New England Patriots.

Next Game: Playoffs – Super Wild Card Round vs. Miami Dolphins on Sunday, January 15 at 11 a.m. (MDT) on CBS

Jonah Williams – Defensive End – Los Angeles Rams (5-12)

The former Weber State defensive end had two total tackles and two solo tackles in Los Angeles’ 19-16 overtime loss to the Seattle Seahawks.

Next Game: None – Eliminated from Playoff Contention

Rashid Shaheed – Wide Receiver – New Orleans Saints (7-10)

The former Weber State receiver had three receptions for 34 yards and one run for seven yards in New Orleans’ 10-7 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

Next Game: None – Eliminated from Playoff Contention

Former Southern Utah Thunderbirds

Braxton Jones – Offensive Lineman – Chicago Bears (3-14)

The former Southern Utah offensive lineman and the Bears suffered a 29-13 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.

Next Game: None – Eliminated from Playoff Contention

Miles Killebrew – Safety – Pittsburgh Steelers (9-8)

The former Southern Utah defensive back had one tackle in Pittsburgh’s 28-14 win over the Cleveland Browns.

Next Game: None – Eliminated from Playoff Contention

Former High School Players

Jay Tufele – Defensive Lineman – Cincinnati Bengals (Bingham/USC) (12-4)

The former Bingham standout and the Bengals beat the Baltimore Ravens, 27-16.

Next Game: Playoffs – Super Wild Card Round vs. Baltimore Ravens on Sunday, January 15 at 6:15 p.m. (MDT) on KSL 5 TV

Dalton Schultz – Tight End – Dallas Cowboys (Bingham/Stanford) (12-5)

The former Bingham standout had four receptions for 33 yards in Dallas’ 26-6 loss to the Washington Commanders.

Next Game: Playoffs – Super Wild Card Round @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday, January 16 at 6:15 p.m. (MDT) on ABC/ESPN/ESPN2

Simi Fehoko – Wide Receiver – Dallas Cowboys (Brighton/Stanford) (12-5)

The former Brighton standout is currently on Dallas’ Injured Reserve list. The Cowboys suffered a 26-6 loss to the Washington Commanders.

Next Game: Playoffs – Super Wild Card Round @ Tampa Bay Buccaneers on Monday, January 16 at 6:15 p.m. (MDT) on ABC/ESPN/ESPN2

Penei Sewell – Offensive Lineman – Detroit Lions (Desert Hills/Oregon) (9-8)

The former Desert Hills standout and the Lions beat the Green Bay Packers on Sunday Night Football, 20-16.

Next Game: None – Eliminated from Playoff Contention

Alohi Gilman – Safety – Los Angeles Chargers (Orem/Notre Dame) (10-7)

The former Orem standout had five total tackles, four solo tackles, and a fumble recovery in Los Angeles’ 31-28 loss to the Denver Broncos.

Next Game: Playoffs – Super Wild Card Round @ Jacksonville Jaguars on Saturday, January 14 at 6:15 p.m. (MDT) on KSL 5 TV

Andre James – Offensive Lineman – Las Vegas Raiders (Herriman/UCLA) (6-11)

The former Herriman standout and the Raiders suffered a 31-13 loss to the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday, January 7.

Next Game: None – Eliminated from Playoff Contention

Kaden Elliss – Linebacker – New Orleans Saints (Judge Memorial/Idaho) (7-10)

The former Judge Memorial standout had two tackles in New Orleans’ 10-7 loss to the Carolina Panthers.

Next Game: None – Eliminated from Playoff Contention

Jaylen Warren – Running Back – Pittsburgh Steelers (East/Snow College/Oklahoma State) (9-8)

The former East and Snow College standout had six carries for 36 yards and three receptions for seven yards in Pittsburgh’s 28-14 win over the Cleveland Browns. Warren also had one tackle.

Next Game: None – Eliminated from Playoff Contention

Bryan Mone – Defensive Lineman – Seattle Seahawks (Highland/Michigan) (9-8)

The former Highland standout is currently on Seattle’s Injured Reserve list. The Seahawks beat the Los Angeles Rams in overtime, 19-16.

Next Game: Playoffs – Super Wild Card Round @ San Francisco 49ers on Saturday, January 14 at 2:30 p.m. (MDT) on FOX

Practice Squad Players

  • Marcus Kemp – Wide Receiver – Kansas City Chiefs (Layton/Hawai’i)
  • Porter Gustin – Linebacker – Miami Dolphins (Salem Hills/USC)
  • Noah Togiai – Tight End – Philadelphia Eagles (Hunter/Oregon State)

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

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