NFL Sunday Best: Former TXHSFB Stars Who Stood Out in Week 9

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RB Jay Ajayi (Frisco Liberty, Philadelphia Eagles)

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The former Miami Dolphins running back was impressive in his debut with the Philadelphia Eagles on Sunday. Ajayi carried the ball eight times for 77 yards and a 46-yard touchdown in the win over the Denver Broncos on Sunday.

LB Von Miller (DeSoto, Denver Broncos)

Oct 13, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; Denver Broncos outside linebacker Von Miller (58) works against San Diego Chargers tackle Joe Barksdale (72) during the first quarter at Qualcomm Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

There weren’t too many highlights for the Denver Broncos in Philadelphia, but Von Miller was one of them. He finished Sunday’s game as the leading tackler (8) and also had three tackles for a loss and a sack against the Eagles.

LB Brian Orakpo (Houston Lamar, Tennessee Titans)

Oct 16, 2016; Nashville, TN, USA; Tennessee Titans linebacker Brian Orakpo (98) looks on during the second half against the Cleveland Browns at Nissan Stadium. The Titans won 28-26. Mandatory Credit: Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

The former UT and Houston Lamar outside linebacker finished with four tackles and half a sack in Tennessee’s win over Baltimore. The Titans are now 5-3 and are tied with Jacksonville for first place in the AFC South.

DE Alex Okafor (Pflugerville, New Orleans Saints)

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The turnaround of the Saints defense has been very impressive and Alex Okafor had one of his best performances of the year against Tampa Bay. The first-year Saint finished with six tackles, two quarterback hits, a tackle for loss and half a sack as the Saints shut down the Buccaneers.

QB Drew Brees (Austin Westlake, New Orleans Saints)

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Drew Brees continues to lead the charge for the Saints, who are now 6-2 after losing the first two games of the year. The veteran quarterback had another strong performance Sunday, finishing 22-of-27 for 262 yards and two touchdowns in a 30-10 win over Tampa Bay.

RB Chris Ivory (Longview, Jacksonville Jaguars)

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Former Longview running back Chris Ivory saw extended playing time against the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday after rookie Leonard Fournette was suspended. He ended up being a versatile weapon, running the ball 20 times for 70 yards and catching three passes for 34 yards in the win over the Bengals.

RB Malcolm Brown (Cibolo Steele, Los Angeles Rams)

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The former Texas Longhorn was able to see an increased workload on Sunday, rushing 15 times for 57 yards in the Rams blowout win over the New York Giants.

WR Taylor Gabriel (Mesquite Horn, Atlanta Falcons)

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The Atlanta Falcons receiver finished with three catches for 56 yards in Sunday’s game against the Carolina Panthers. Atlanta fell to Carolina 20-17.

WR Terrance Williams (Dallas W.T. White, Dallas Cowboys)

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Williams had his best game of the year on Sunday against the Chiefs, finishing with 9 catches for 141 yards. The Cowboys have now won three straight games and the receivers (as seen below) had a hand in helping Dallas win another game.

WR Cole Beasley (Little Elm, Dallas Cowboys)

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He may have caught four passes for only 24 yards, but two of those catches were for touchdowns. Beasley has been one of the more dependable targets for Dak Prescott and Beasley made the most of his chances on Sunday in the win over Kansas City.

WR Dez Bryant (Lufkin, Dallas Cowboys)

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The injury is going to be a concern, but the Lufkin product was the most targeted receiver on the day for Dallas. Bryant finished with six catches for 73 yards in the win.

WR Josh Doctson (Mansfield Legacy, Washington Redskins)

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Doctson caught just three passes on Sunday, but one of them turned out to be the biggest play of the day for Washington. His 38-yard catch set up the Redskins for the go-ahead score that gave his team a pivotal road win in Seattle against the Seahawks.

RB Adrian Peterson (Palestine, Arizona Cardinals)

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Peterson was the workhorse for the Cardinals on Sunday, carrying the ball 37 times for 159 yards in the win over San Francisco. With the number of injuries on offense, he’ll be heavily leaned on moving forward. It was also a good way to bounce back after a tough day against the L.A. Rams in London.

DL Mario Edwards Jr. (Denton Ryan, Oakland Raiders)

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The Denton Ryan product had one of his better performances on the season, finishing with five tackles, a quarterback hit and half a sack in a much-needed win for the Oakland Raiders over the Miami Dolphins on Sunday night.

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