Week 2 of the 2013 NFL season is in the books, and with it comes another look at former college stars who had some of the biggest and most impactful performances for their respective teams.
Julio Jones: Another week, another dominate performance by the former Alabama star. Jones caught 11 passes for 182 yards and a touchdown. His 81-yard touchdown reception and run through the St. Louis defense was one of the most impressive highlights from Week 2 and helped stake Atlanta to a 31-24 win.
Jimmy Graham: The former Miami player may have cemented himself as the best pass-catching tight end in football – and one of the best receivers overall in the professional ranks. Graham was third in the league in passing yardage last week with 179 yards on 10 catches. He was one of Drew Brees’ go-to pass catchers in New Orleans’ 16-14 win at Tampa Bay.
Knowshon Moreno: Moreno continues to take the reigns as the top back in a talented Denver backfield, this time accounting for 93 yards on only 13 carries in the Broncos’ blow-out win against the New York Giants. More importantly, the former Georgia running back scored two rushing touchdowns, the most of any player on the ground during Week 2.
Eddie Lacy: Though Lacy didn’t put up much on the stat sheets, the rookie from Alabama made headlines after being pulled from the game after his first (and only) carry. The Green Bay running back suffered a concussion off a hit from Washington safety Brandon Meriweather and missed the remainder of the Packers’ 38-20 win. There is no report yet on his status for upcoming games.
Greg Olsen: Although he was overshadowed by a fellow University of Miami tight end, Olsen also put together one of the best receiving performances by his position in the NFL’s second week. In Carolina’s 24-23 loss at Buffalo, Olsen caught seven passes for 84 yards and a touchdown.
Calais Campbell: The former University of Miami player had two tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery, helping Arizona in its 25-21 win over Detroit.
Sebastian Janikowski: One of the league’s best kickers, the former first-round draft pick out of Florida State continues to excel. He was tied for second in the league in points by a kicker with 13, converting four out of five field goals in Oakland’s 19-9 win over Jacksonville.
Mark Barron: The former Alabama player had one of the best statistical performances by a safety in his team’s 16-14 loss. Helping Tampa Bay in its home loss to New Orleans, Barron had 10 tackles, half a sack and three assists.
Patrick Peterson: Peterson, a cornerback and former LSU player, made a surprise appearance in the passing statistics column during Week 2, throwing for 17 yards on a trick play for Arizona.