There are 12 former Horned Frogs on active NFL rosters. Several of them played prominent roles in the opening Sunday of the NFL season.
LaDainian Tomlinson, currently with the New York Jets, struggled against the Cowboys’ stout run defense. Tomlinson rushed for only 16 yards on 5 carries but had 6 catches for 73 yards receiving. He converted several critical first downs as the Jets beat the Cowboys 27-24. Former Frog receiver Jeremy Kerley returned punts for the Jets. He fumbled the ball out of bounds on his first return. Mat McBriar, the Cowboys’ punter, held Kerley in check allowing him only 13 yards on three returns.
Andy Dalton started his first NFL game for the Cincinnati Bengals. Dalton got off to a good start going 10 for 15 for 81 yards and throwing his first touchdown to Jermaine Gresham. Dalton was knocked out of the game right before halftime, with a wrist injury sustained from a hit by Phillip Taylor. X-rays are negative and Dalton is questionable for next week’s game against the Denver Broncos. The Bengals won 27-17.
Other TCU standouts included: Drew Coleman of the Jacksonville Jaguars and Daryl Washington of the Arizona Cardinals. Coleman had 5 tackles in Jacksonville’s 16-14 win over the Tennessee Titans. Coleman also had a sack and a forced fumble. Washington’s day was highlighted by picking off Cam Newton, the number one draft pick out of Auburn. He also had 7 tackles and 5 sacks.