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Monday, September 24, 2012

Brigham Young Cougars in the NFL, Week 3: Pitta continues hot start, Collie injured again

The former Brigham Young Cougars in the NFL had their ups and downs this week, as Dennis Pitta continued his hot start to the season and Dallas Reynolds made his first career start, but Austin Collie once again finds himself injured.

Dennis Pitta, Baltimore Ravens, Tight End

In his third season in the NFL, Pitta is now showing Baltimore fans what made BYU fans love him; Pitta is a big target who can haul in passes. Ravens quarterback Joe Flacco has seemed to notice Pitta this year, targeting him more than any other receiver so far this season. Last night, Pitta was targeted seven times, second most on the team, and brought in five catches for 50 yards and a touchdown, where he dodged one tackler and hurdled over another. The touchdown gave Baltimore its first lead of the game, as they started out giving New England a 13-0 cushion.  The Ravens went on to win with a last second field goal, making the final score 31-30, giving them a 2-1 record.

Stats
This week: 5 receptions, 50 yards, 1 touchdown
Season: 18 receptions, 188 yards, 2 touchdowns

Baltimore Ravens: 2-1
Next: Cleveland Browns

Brett Keisel, Pittsburgh Steelers, Defensive End

Keisel started at defensive end for the Steelers, but had little impact, not recording any tackles or stats in the game. The Steelers held a 10 point lead going into the fourth quarter, but Oakland scored 13 unanswered to end the game to win 34-31.

Stats
This week: 0 tackles
Season: 6 tackles (2 solo)

Pittsburgh Steelers: 1-2
Next: Philadelphia Eagles

John Denney, Miami Dolphins, Long Snapper

Denney saw considerable action on crucial plays in the Dolphins’ loss to the New York Jets. Denney snapped five punts and two successful extra points. He also snapped four field goal attempts by the Dolphins, but only two were successful. The attempt with under one minute to go in regulation tied the game for Miami and put it into overtime. In overtime, the Dolphins had another field goal attempt but missed. The Jets then went down the field and put in a field goal of their own for the win.

Miami Dolphins: 1-2
Next: Arizona Cardinals

Dallas Reynolds, Philadelphia Eagles, Center

Reynolds made his first career start at Center for the Eagles on Sunday, in their 27-6 loss to the undefeated Arizona Cardinals.  Reynolds recorded a tackle, also the first of his career, after a Philadelphia fumble and an Arizona recovery.

Philadelphia Eagles: 2-1
Next: New York Giants

Austin Collie, Indianapolis Colts, Wide Receiver

Collie cannot seem to catch a break. After missing the first two games with a concussion, Collie finally made his first appearance against the Jacksonville Jaguars. After making his first catch of the season, Collie suffered a knee injury and had to limp to the sideline with the help of others, and then was carted into the locker room. The Clots announced today that Collie will miss the rest of the season. The Colts would go on to lost the game, 22-17.

Stats
This week: 1 catch, 6 yards
Season: 1 catch, 6 yards

John Beck, Houston Texans, Quarterback

Did not play in the Texans’ 31-25 win over the Denver Broncos.

Stats
No stats recorded yet.

Houston Texans: 3-0
Next: Tennessee Titans

In other news, Harvey Unga was not promoted from the Chicago Bears’ practice squad to the roster, even while Matt Forte sat out with an injury in Sunday’s game.
The Editor appreciates all feedback. He can be reached via email at bluecougarfootball@gmail.com

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