It’s not a secret that UGA sends a lot of players to the NFL. In fact, 56 players have left Athens to play on Sundays over the past 10 years, fourth-most of any program during that span.
Although they may not play between the hedges anymore, fans still feel a sense of pride when a former Bulldog leads their team to a victory at football’s highest level. During the 2015 NFL season, we will track the top performances from former UGA players each week.
These Dawgs of years past had the best games in Week 7:
Todd Gurley, RB – Since getting consistent game action — his six-carry performance in Week 4 notwithstanding — Gurley looks like the same running back who dominated while at UGA. Facing a Cleveland Browns’ defense that ranks dead last in the NFL in run defense, Gurley took advantage. The rookie carried the ball 19 times for 128 yards while scoring the first two touchdowns of his NFL career. Through his first four games, Gurley has 74 carries for 442 yards and two touchdowns.
Matthew Stafford, QB – The first overall pick taken in the 2009 NFL Draft did not have a great start to the season, but Stafford has looked more like his old self over the past couple of weeks. The former UGA quarterback completed 18 of 26 pass attempts for 256 yards and two touchdowns in the Detroit Lions’ 28-19 loss to the Minnesota Vikings.
Chris Conley, WR – There are several former UGA players on the Kansas City Chiefs’ roster, but it was Conley who stood out in Sunday’s win over the Pittsburgh Steelers. The rookie wide receiver caught six passes for 63 yards and scored his first NFL touchdown on a five-yard catch late in the 4th quarter to clinch the win.
Reshad Jones, S – Jones has put together one of the best defensive seasons so far in the NFL. In Sunday’s win over the Houston Texans, Jones recorded a pick-six for the second-straight game. The former Bulldog complimented his interception with eight solo tackles and two pass breakups.
Blair Walsh, K – The Pro Bowl kicker had one of the best games of his short career for Minnesota in Sunday’s win over Detroit. Walsh made field goals from 37, 53, 51, 35, and 22 yards. He accounted for 16 points in the win, two shy of his career high.
David Andrews, C – Andrews continues to shine for the defending Super Bowl champions. The rookie has become a mainstay for the undefeated New England Patriots.
Thomas Davis, LB – A captain for the undefeated Carolina Panthers, Davis continues to make plays all over the field. The former UGA safety recorded 13 combined tackles (11 solo) in Sunday night’s win over the Philadelphia Eagles.
— UGA Football Live (@UGAfootballLive) October 25, 2015
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