With the 2012-2013 NFL season kicking off last Wednesday night in the Meadowlands, we decided to take a look at how former Mizzou Tigers fared in week one. Five young players made big impacts offensively and defensively for their respective teams this weekend.
The second year QB for the Jacksonville Jaguars threw for a career high 260 yards to go along with a passer rating of 96.1. Although the Jaguars were defeated by the Vikings in overtime by a score of 26-23, Gabbert had arguably the best game of his young career. The addition of WR Justin Blackmon should help the passing game.
Season prediction: 2,800 yards, 15 touchdowns, 12 interceptions
The talented and explosive wide receiver helped the Eagles edge out the Browns Sunday afternoon, with seven catches for 96 yards and a touchdown. Maclin and QB Michael Vick have formed quite the tandem since they both became Eagles in 2009. Maclin should get a ton of targets this year due to more double coverage on WR DeSean Jackson.
Season Prediction: 73 receptions, 1,080 yards, 8 touchdowns
There were skeptics when the 49er's made Smith the highest Tiger (No. 7 overall) selected in the 2011 draft. Smith proved he was a top ten pick with a stellar rookie season. The 22-year-old outside linebacker started off the new season with three tackles and a sack against the Packers.
Season Prediction: 45 tackles, 13 sacks, 3 forced fumbles
The third year linebacker is poised for another big year in his second full season as a starter for the Falcons. Weatherspoon was tied for second on the team with seven tackles in Sunday's win over the Chiefs. He also contributed a sack and a pass defended.
Season Prediction: 130 tackles, 5 sacks, 3 interceptions
Another third year player and Atlanta Falcon, William Moore, had a strong defensive effort against the Chiefs as well. Moore, the starting strong safety, also had an interception, a tackle for loss, and a pass defended. If Moore can stay healthy, expect him to be a playmaker in the secondary.
Season Prediction: 75 tackles, 6 interceptions, 10 passes defended
Other Tigers in the NFL include the following:
Beau Brinkley - Long Snapper - Titans
Colin Brown - Guard - Bills
Chase Daniel - Quarterback - Saints
Michael Egnew - Tight End - Dolphins
Andrew Gachkar - Linebacker - Chargers
Ziggy Hood - Defensive Tackle - Steelers
C.J. Mosley - Defensive Tackle - Jaguars
Martin Rucker - Tight End - Chiefs
Kevin Rutland - Cornerback - Jaguars
Justin Smith - Defensive End - 49er's
Brad Smith - QB/RB/WR - Bills