September 11, 2012
By Mike Graham
Texas Tech currently has 11 former players in the NFL and many of them went head-to-head this past weekend.
Here is how they fared in Week 1 of the regular season:
WR Danny Amendola, Saint Louis
Amendola was targeted by fellow Big 12 alumni Sam Bradford nine times and caught five passes to lead the Saint Louis Rams in receiving yards in a 27-23 loss at the Detroit Lions.
RB Baron Batch, Pittsburgh
Batch, the Steelers third running back, had one carry for a loss of one yard in a 31-19 loss at the Denver Broncos on Sunday Night Football.
WR Michael Crabtree, San Francisco
Crabtree led all 49ers receivers with 76 yards -- ahead of Randy Moss' 47 yards. Crabtree's longest reception went for 20 yards. San Francisco defeated the Green Bay Packers, 30-22, at Lambeau Field.
DE Kenyuta Dawson, Tennessee
Dawson got a hit on New England quarterback Tom Brady which forced Brady to throw an incompletion. The former Tech defensive end played nine defensive snaps and seven special teams snaps in a 34-13 loss against New England at home.
OL Dylan Gandy, Detroit
Backup center Dylan Gandy was active for Sunday's win against Saint Louis but played very sparingly.
CB Joselio Hanson, Oakland
Hanson played a backup role at cornerback on the latter game of a Monday Night Football doubleheader but did not record any stats in Oakland's 22-14 loss against San Diego.
QB Graham Harrell, Green Bay
Harrell backed up Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers in Green Bay's loss to San Francisco. He did not play, but he took a really good picture with Crabtree.
S Darcel McBath, San Francisco
McBath played a backup safety role in the 49ers win against Green Bay but he did not record any stats.
OL Manny Ramirez, Denver
Ramirez started at right guard for the Denver Broncos and helped quarterback Peyton Manning throw for 253 yards in his debut with the team. Ramirez also helped push the running game out to 97 yards on the ground in the big win against Pittsburgh.
OL Louis Vasquez, San Diego
Vasquez started at right guard for the Chargers and protected quarterback Phillip Rivers as he passed 231 yards. The Charger offense gained 262 total yards thanks in part to Vasquez's effort in the 22-14 win against Oakland.
WR Wes Welker, New England
Welker started at wide receiver but did not produce at his typical level. The former Tech star recorded 14 yards on three receptions and was targeted by Brady five times.