Former Longhorns have strong showings in Week 13

Donnavan Smoot

As we enter the fourth quarter of the NFL season, former Longhorns are still performing at high levels on the field. Here is how a few of them did this week.

Adrian Phillips

Phillips and the Chargers pulled out a win at home against the winless Cleveland Browns over the weekend. The former Longhorn safety only had two tackles, but came up with the game-clinching interception in the waning moments of the game. The third year man has played extremely well in the back end for Los Angeles this season. In five of his last eight games, he has recorded at least six tackles. All of this coming while still being listed as the backup at both safety positions.

Thanks in part to Phillips’ play, the Chargers are now 6–6 and in a three way tie for first place in the open AFC West. The Chargers will look to go for a fourth-straight win as they play a struggling Washington team on Sunday at home.

Marquise Goodwin

Goodwin helped the San Francisco 49ers earn their second win of the season on Sunday. The 27-year old had eight catches for 99 yards in legendary Soldier Field, home of the Chicago Bears. Goodwin is playing the best football of his career right now as he has surpassed the half-century mark five times in his last six games. He will look to build on his good rapport with young quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo, who targeted Goodwin eight times on Sunday.

Fozzy Whittaker

With the addition of Christian McCaffrey, Fozzy Whittaker has fallen out of the backfield rotation in Carolina. The now third-string running back has been nearly non-existent this season. He has only recorded four carries for 10 yards to go along with three receptions and 34 yards. This production is severely down from last season’s 82 touches for over 500 yards.

The Panthers have seen the speed and agility that Fozzy brings to the table and have decided to use him in a special teams capacity. In the past two games, Whittaker has accounted for 91 return yards. His new role as return man has given him a return to the field and a chance to help the 8–4 Panthers as they gear up for their
playoff run.