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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. 

Former Ducks, current L.A. Rams DB Troy Hill suspended first two games


Former Ducks, current L.A. Rams DB Troy Hill suspended first two games

Former Oregon Ducks football defensive back Troy Hill (2010-2014), who now plays for the Los Angeles Rams, has been suspended the first two games of the NFL regular season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse, as reported by NFL Insider for ESPN's Adam Schefter.

Since graduating from the University of Oregon, Hill was signed as an undrafted free agent to the Cincinnati Bengals in 2015. He was with the Bengals just seven months before being claimed off waivers by the New England Patriots. But Hill was waived again just five days later. He now plays for the Los Angeles Rams.

Here is a statement from Joe Curley, Los Angeles Rams insider for the Ventura County Star:

- Troy Hill of the Los Angeles Rams has been suspended without pay for the first teo games of the 2017 regular season for violating the NFL Policy and Program for Substances of Abuse.

- He will be eligble to return to the Rams' active roster on Monday, September 18 following the team's September 17 game against the Washington Redskins.

- Hill is eligible to participate in all offseason practices and games.