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:
Matt Ryan ➡️ Anthony Harris = INT#Vikings pic.twitter.com/7xI2E6b9o7— Sean Borman (@SeanBormanNFL) September 8, 2019
Here is the second interception, preserving a 3rd quarter shutout:
INT no. 2 of the day for Anthony Harris! #ATLvsMIN— PFF (@PFF) September 8, 2019
The Vikings press already loves him:
A star in born: Vikings safety Anthony Harris has become a ‘certified baller’ https://t.co/IiVJjQBhCU pic.twitter.com/yLglSY7k3B— Pioneer Press (@PioneerPress) September 9, 2019
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.
Game 1 ✅ On to the next!!! pic.twitter.com/p1lb4H6yKf— The_Juan_And_Only (@Juan_Thornhill) September 8, 2019
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.
AP not dressing was a 'slap in the face' to Morgan Moseshttps://t.co/GFgtPRjDzU— NBC Sports Redskins (@NBCSRedskins) September 10, 2019
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.
First NFL game, first NFL win— Chris Peace (@Chrisapeace) September 8, 2019
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.
Kurt Benkert - QB - Atlanta Falcons
Tim Harris - DB - San Francisco 49ers
Micah Kiser - LB - Los Angeles Rams