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Shield Spartans: Week 1 Update

Taking our Monday look at how former Spartans did on Sunday

Brian Hoyer may have lost the starting job on Sunday
Brian Hoyer may have lost the starting job on Sunday
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The NFL season began this week on Thursday with the New England Patriots rolling over a Le'Veon Bell absent Pittsburgh Steelers. Two Spartans started at quarterback for their teams and have things to work on for week two, so let's take a closer look at how all the former East Lansing residents did.


Name Score Completions Attempts
Yards TDs Interceptions QB Rating
Brian Hoyer L 27-20 18 34 236 1 1 72.7
Kirk Cousins L 17-10 21 31 196 1 2 68.8

It was, how you say, a terrible week one for the former Spartans quarterbacks in their season debuts. Brian Hoyer threw an interception on his first throw as a Texan and the Chiefs took advantage immediately with a Tracis Kelce touchdown. Hoyer was inconsistent all day and said after the game he felt like he let the entire organization down. Hoyer was replaced in the 4th quarter by Ryan Mallett who led a touchdown drive and looked impressive in his limited opportunity. Coach Bill O'Brien did not say who would start next week and said that it will be decided once they review the film. Things are not looking great for Hoyer right now.

Kirk Cousins, much like Hoyer struggled with turnovers, something that has plagued him his entire four year career. Unlike Hoyer, Cousins got to finish the game he started, but that was probably more due to Robert Griffin being inactive for week one. At this point there is no risk of Cousins losing his job but throwing 2 or more interceptions in 7 of your 15 career starts is not good.

Drew Stanton did not play for the Arizona Cardinals, as he saw Carson Palmer have an amazing return from injury.

Running Backs

It was a quiet week for Spartans running backs, as Le'Veon Bell has one more week to sit out from a shortened suspension. Jeremy Langford had one carry for a single yard in the Bears loss to the Green Bay Packers. This section should get much better once Bell is allowed to return to the field on Sunday, but it was great having him on the sidelines in East Lansing this past Saturday night for the win over Oregon.

Wide Receivers

Keith Mumphrey was the only Spartans' wideout to get on the box score after Sunday. Mumphrey recorded his first two NFL receptions for the Houston Texans, registering 23 yards with a long of 17 yards. Both Keshawn Martin and Bennie Fowler were held without a catch on Sunday.

Tight Ends

Dion Sims was without a catch in the Dolphins win over the Washington franchise, same as Kellen Davis in the New York Jets win over Cleveland. Andrew Gleichert and Garrett Celek play on Monday night for Philadelphia and San Francisco respectively.

Offensive Line

Dan France was not active on Sunday for the Bengals.

Defensive Line

Domata Peko started the game for the Cincinnati Bengals but was held completely out of the box score. Will Gholston did not get the start for the Buccaneers but he did register one tackle in the blowout loss to the Tennessee Titans.


Taiwan Jones and Max Bullough did not play in their team's games. Marcus Rush and the San Francisco 49ers play tonight but Rush is likely not going to be dressed for the game.

Defensive Secondary

Name Score Tackles Passes Defended Interceptions
Darqueze Dennard W 33-13 5 1 0
Trenton Robinson L 17-10 6 0 0

No former Spartans started a game from the secondary group, with Darqueze and Trenton being the only two players to show up on the box score.