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Former Wildcats Kick Off 2012 NFL Season With Strong Performances
September 10, 2012By Tyler Bloyd of KentuckySports.co
Fall sports are finally back in full swing now that the NFL season has officially began with the first Sunday of the year wrapping up last night. In the midst of all the fantasy talk, team cheering, and just excitement for the season to begin, some former Kentucky Wildcats had themselves a opening day.
Starting with Buffalo wide out Stevie Johnson. Questions were surfacing thorough out the week if he would even play with a minor injury looming. Well he did and had himself a decent game. Catching the ball four times for 55 yards and one touchdown during the Bills loss to the Jets.
Moving into the 4 o'clock game, the Packers took the field with Randall Cobb, and he did not disappoint. Resulting in a team loss, Cobb totalled up 230 yards off offense with the receptions and returns. Pulling down 9 balls for 77 yards, and returning 6 punts/kicks for a total of 153 yards with one of those being a 75-yard touchdown. This is now the second season in a row that Cobb has returned a kick of some sort for a TD in the opening game.
Next in the offensive scheme of things was Jacob Tamme. He is now out in Denver playing along side long time teammate of Peyton Manning who will be targeting Tamme all year. Last night against the Steelers, he recorded five receptions for 43 yards and one touchdown to help the Broncos win they opening game of the 2012 season, and Manning era.
Now, offense is not everything in the NFL, just asked Packer kicker and former UK kicker Tim Masthay. He also had himself a night by punting six times for a average of 48.2 yards a boot, four of those inside the 20 and one of them inside the 5 yard line. On the other side of the ball, defensive linebacker and special teams monster Wesley Woodyard came ready to play. Filling in for a injured teammate in the normal LB role, Woodyard tackled 12 guys single handily to kick off what is expected to be a brutal Bronco defense with new coordinator Jack Del Rio calling the shots. So big day for former Wildcats as I expect nothing less from this group the rest of the season with them all having big time roles with their squads.