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Hoos in the NFL-Week 1: Ant Harris shines for the Vikings

Harris grabbed two interceptions in the NFL season opener

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NFL: Atlanta Falcons at Minnesota Vikings Harrison Barden-USA TODAY Sports

Week One is officially in the books for the NFL, and none other than Ant Harris was the breakout star of the week. The now-certified baller leads our pack of former Virginia Cavaliers’ performances in the first week of the professional season. Let’s get right into it.


Anthony Harris - DB - Minnesota Vikings: Ant Harris had himself a day! The former UVA star DB recorded two interceptions, a fumble recovery, and five tackles in Minnesota's 28-12 win. No player in the NFL had a two interception/one fumble recovery game all last season. Harris is only the second player to do it with 5 tackles as well since 2014.

Here was the first interception, out-hustling All-Pro Julio Jones:

Here is the second interception, preserving a 3rd quarter shutout:

The Vikings press already loves him:

What a start to the season for the former Hoo!

Juan Thornhill - DB - Kansas City Chiefs: The rookie DB made an impressive NFL debut with 8 tackles (5 solo) for the Chiefs in their 40-26 win. Thornhill started the game, played every defensive snap, and led Kansas City in tackles.

Rodney McLeod - DB - Philadelphia Eagles: In his first game back from spending most of last year out with a knee injury, McLeod started for the Eagles and played every defensive snap. He did not record any stats in the 32-27 Philadelphia win.

Morgan Moses - OL - Washington Redskins: The former Hoo star lineman started at right tackle for the Redskins and played every snap in the 32-27 loss. Unfortunately, Moses committed two holding penalties and a false start in the game. He also made headlines after the game by criticizing the coaching staff for not dressing veteran Adrian Peterson.

Role Players:

Brent Urban - DL - Tennessee Titans: In his first game for the Titans, Urban saw 11 defensive snaps and 7 special teams snaps, but did not record a stat.

Darius Jennings - WR/Kickoff Returner - Tennessee Titans: The former Hoo WR returned two kickoffs for the Titans for 27 yards in Tennessee’s Week 1 win.


Dontrelle Inman - WR - Los Angeles Chargers: In his first game back with the Chargers since 2016, Inman saw 27 offensive snaps and caught a 5 yard pass.

Chris Peace - DL - Los Angeles Chargers: The rookie DE played three special teams snaps for the Chargers in the 30-24 win.

Matt Schaub - QB - Atlanta Falcons: Schuab did not see any action in Atlanta’s loss.

Oday Aboushi - OL - Detroit Lions: The veteran offensive lineman was inactive for the Lions in Week 1.

Andrew Brown - DL - Cincinnati Bengals: The former UVA star DT was inactive for the Bengals in Week 1.

Eric Smith - OL - New York Giants: Smith was inactive for New York in Week 1.

Olamide Zaccheaus - WR - Atlanta Falcons: The former UVA star RB was inactive for the Falcons in Week 1.

Injured Reserve:

Kurt Benkert - QB - Atlanta Falcons

Tim Harris - DB - San Francisco 49ers

Micah Kiser - LB - Los Angeles Rams