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It was one Hekk of a weekend for these Pro Beavs


It was one Hekk of a weekend for these Pro Beavs

While the Oregon State football team was grinding out a tough victory on the road over the Cal Bears on Saturday, there were a number of former Beavers winning on the football field as well. 

Let's take a look at how the Pro Beavs fared in Week 7 of the NFL season: 

Johnny Hekker and Brandin Cooks: Los Angeles Rams

The Rams found their groove again Sunday, ending a three-game losing streak with a 37-10 victory over the lowly Atlanta Falcons in Week 7.

Johnny Hekker put on one Hekk of show when he executed this fake punt and showed off his quarterback skills with absolute perfection. The Rams were facing a fourth-and-three when Hekker, rather than punt, dropped back and found safety Nick Scott for the 23-yard completion.

Wide receiver Brandin Cooks had a quiet game, catching 4-of-7 targets for 59 yards.

Kansas City Chiefs: Matt Moore 

Star-studded quarterback Patrick Mahomes exited Thursday's game against the Denver Broncos with a knee injury, but thankfully the Chiefs had Matt Moore to step in.

The former Oregon State Beavers quarterback went 10-19 on the night for 117 yards and touchdown, helping the Chiefs snap a two-game losing streak with a 30-6 victory.

With Mahomes out for 3-5 weeks, Moore will likely take the reins at Chiefs starter in his absence. 

Jordan Poyer: Buffalo Bills

The Buffalo Bills came from behind, thanks to 15 unanswered points in the second half of Sunday’s game, to beat division foes, the Miami Dolphins 31-21.

Former Beav Jordan Poyer had nine combined tackles (seven solo) and two tackles for loss in the win.

Steven Nelson: Pittsburgh Steelers

The Pittsburgh Steelers also came away victorious in Week 7, defeating the Los Angeles Chargers at StubHub Center. Starter Steven Nelson didn’t make the trip with the team due to a groin injury sustained against the Baltimore Ravens one week earlier.

Hopefully the Steelers can get Nelson back soon. Prior to Sunday’s game, Nelson had played in all but one of Pittsburgh’s defensive snaps this season. He is the sixth best cornerback in the NFL, according to Pro Football Focus.


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NFL Week 2: A look at the Beavs around the league

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NFL Week 2: A look at the Beavs around the league

It was another fun Sunday of football in Week 2 of the NFL, and just like last week the Beavers represented well. Let's take a look around the league and see how the Pro Beavs did. 

Jordan Poyer - Bills: Poyer had two tackles and a pass deflection. It was another solid game from the Bills star defender. He put the defense on his back and down the stretch and laid out to grab the game-sealing interception.

Brandin Cooks and Johnny Hekker - Rams: Johnny Hekker did what Johnny Hekker does - He punts the ball, and he punts it well. Hekker punted four times with a long punt of 66 yards, and a 49.8 yard average on the day. His teammate Brandin Cooks played well, too. He was targeted just four times but turned that into three catches for 74 yards and a score. 

Steven Nelson - Steelers: - Nelson was one of the best players on the defensive side of the ball for the Steelers in their 28-26 loss to the Seahawks. Nelson had six tackles, five solos, and a pass deflection. 

ProDucks/ProBeavs update: Johnny Hekker reaches legendary status

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ProDucks/ProBeavs update: Johnny Hekker reaches legendary status

Johnny Hekker (Los Angeles)

Former Oregon State Beavers’ punter Johnny Hekker may have pulled off one of the most savage moves in NFL history. Not just by a member of Special Teams, but in the entire NFL. 

On a 48-yard field goal attempt, Hekker as the holder caught the snap, placed the ball down, and proceeded to look and point at the Detroit Lions bench. The kick was good but Hekker stole the show. Sure sure, there are claims that he was just pointing out the fact that the Lions may have had 12 men on the field, but regardless it was awesome.

The Los Angeles Rams improved to 11-1 on the season and face the Chicago Bears (8-4) next in Soldier Field.

Marcus Mariota (Tennessee Titans)

Under two-minute drill, one timeout, 81 yards to go, and down 22-19… This is the scenario where Tennessee Titans quarterback Marcus Mariota shined. The fact that the Titans even had a shot in the end is remarkable with the pace of this game vs. the New York Jets. Tennessee quickly fell into a 16-0 hole and slowly climbed its way out by the arm and feet of its third-year quarterback. The final drive started where Mariota is so dangerous: the open field, with a 26-yard scamper to the 45-yard-line. Then finding his tight end down the middle of the field for another big gain, before finding his favorite wide receiver Corey Davis for an 11-yard touchdown pass.

Over the last two season, Mariota leads the NFL in game-winning drives. 

Mariota finished the day 20-for-35 for 282 yards, two touchdowns, one interception, and rushed for 43 yards on four carries. 

The Titans improved to 6-6 on the year with a 26-22 win over the New York Jets (3-9). 

Kiko Alonso (Miami Dolphins)

The Miami Dolphins (6-6) picked up a huge 21-17 win at home over the Buffalo Bills (4-8). Former Oregon linebacker Kiko Alonso lead the Dolphins defense with 11 total tackles, eight solo and one tackle for loss.

Not just a team-high in tackles, Alonso is currently second in the NFL in tackles with 106 on the season. The NFL leader in tackles is Darius Leonard of the Indianapolis Colts with 122. 

Next up the Dolphins host Tom Brady and the New England Patriots (9-3) where Alonso will have his hands full with rookie running back sensation Sony Michel. 

Troy Hill (Los Angeles Rams)

The former Oregon corner now with the red-hot Rams made a stellar game-sealing interception against the Detroit Lions on Sunday. The interception itself was quite impressive: in the back corner of the end zone, Hill didn’t necessarily have the best body position on the Lions receiver, but he had the hops and got way up to make the catch, and then got both his feet in bounds.

Hill has two interceptions on the season.

The interception came with :13 left on the game clock and the Rams sealed the victory, 30-16 over the Lions.