The National Football League is filled with talented players from “THE” Ohio State University. The program has produced the second most first round draft picks in the NFL History (USC is number one). 32 former Bucks began the 2015 season on the active roster. Here’s a look at some of the top performances from Buckeye pros in week one.
Running back Carlos Hyde started his second season in the league taking over for departed San Francisco 49ers franchise leading rusher Frank Gore. And Hyde did his best impression of his former teammate at OSU, Braxton Miller….
Hyde overshadowed Minnesota Vikings running back Adrian Peterson in his first game after a suspension ended his 2014. The former Buckeye bruiser earned the first—of many—100 yard rushing game with 26 carries for 168 yards and 2 touchdowns to help the 49ers beat Minnesota 20-3.
Safety Will Allen of the Pittsburgh Steelers had 8 tackles and a sack against the New England Patriots Thursday night. His Steeler teammate, linebacker Ryan Shazier, also had 7 tackles against New England.
Cornerback Chimdi Chekwa had 16 (15 solo) tackles and 2 passes defended for the Oakland Raiders in their 33-13 loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.
7 year pro Malcolm Jenkins of the Philadelphia Eagles, had 7 (6 solo) tackles and 3 passes defended in their 24-26 loss at the Atlanta Falcons on Monday Night.
Another 7 year pro, linebacker James Laurinaitis, had 7 (4 solo) tackles to help the St. Louis Rams beat the defending NFC Champion Seattle Seahwaks 34-31.
Mike Nugent scored 9 points on 2 field goals and 3 extra points to help the Bengals rout the Raiders 33-13.
Strong Safety Donte Whitner made 10 (4 solo) tackles in the Cleveland Browns 10-31 loss at the New York Jets.
Some other notable Buckeyes in the NFL; All-Pro Center Nick Mangold started his 10th season for the New York Jets. Kettering native, linebacker A.J. Hawk, had 4 tackles in his 10th and first season opener for his home area team the Cincinnati Bengals. Another Ohioan, Canton native Brian Hartline, started at wide receiver for the Cleveland Browns and had two catches for 20 yards.