Tracking the performance of former college stars in the NFL: Week 3

Photo: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Photo: Cary Edmondson-USA TODAY Sports

Week three of the NFL season was one for the defenses, as we saw some incredible individual performances on that side of the ball. Let’s check in on some former college stars to see how they fared this past week.

Justin Houston, a third-year player out of Georgia, had the single most dominating performance of any player in the NFL’s third week. Houston recorded a mind-blowing 4.5 sacks for a total loss of 28 yards. The Kansas City linebacker added five hits on Philadelphia quarterback Michael Vick, six tackles, a forced fumble and a league-high two fumble recoveries in the Chief’s 26-16 road win.

Former Florida State star Darnell Dockett also had a strong game defensively in Week 3. Though his team was blown out in New Orleans, 31-7, Dockett was a one-man wrecking crew. He recorded three sacks and four hits on Saints quarterback Drew Brees, as well as three tackles.

There seems to be no slowing down former University of Miami player Jimmy Graham. After another week of eye-popping stats it’s clear that Graham is no longer just the best receiving tight end in football, he’s one of the best receivers period. Graham was again in the top-10 in yardage this week, racking up 134 yards on nine receptions. Most importantly, he added two touchdowns in the Saints blowout over the Cardinals.

D.J. Williams, another former Hurricane, also had a big day. In a flashy defensive performance by the Chicago defense, which included two defensive touchdowns, Williams sacked Pittsburgh quarterback Ben Roethlisberger twice, recorded three tackles and forced a fumble.

Playing in his native Louisiana, former LSU player Tyrann Mathieu recorded his first career interception in his third career game. Though the former Heisman trophy finalist made highlight reels with his pick, his team was still rolled by the Saints, 31-7.

Former Florida kicker Caleb Sturgis has settled in nicely a little farther south from his alma mater.  He went two-for-two on field goal attempts, and three-for-three on extra points in Miami’s 27-23 statement win over Atlanta.

Playing in his first game with his new franchise, Trent Richardson recorded a touchdown on his first carry for the Colts.  Following one of the most shocking in-season trades in NFL history, the former Alabama star finished with 35 yards and the score, helping his new team to a big 27-7 win over San Francisco.

Jamal Charles once again put up a solid performance while helping the Chiefs remain undefeated. He finished with 20 carries, 92 yards and a touchdown in the 26-16 win over Philadelphia. Perhaps most impressively, Charles added seven receptions for 80 yards.

It was also a good day for former Ohio State wide receivers. The Jets’ Santonio Holmes finished second in the league in yardage with 154 yards on only five receptions. He also added a touchdown in New York’s’ 27-20 win over Buffalo. Carolina’s Ted Ginn added 71 yards on three catches and a touchdown in Carolina’s 38-0 victory over the Giants.