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NFL Week 9 Kind to Mountaineer Alumni

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MORGANTOWN, W.Va. – Around the NFL’s Week 9 action, 11 former Mountaineers hit the stat sheets in a huge way.

At Bank of America Stadium, Carolina Panthers second season safety Kenny Robinson met the New England Patriots and fellow Mountaineer alumnus, offensive tackle Yodny Cajuste. Robinson tallied one solo stop and saw time on 17 defensive and 14 special teams snaps in the 24-6 loss.

Up north, the NFL pitted rookie against veteran when the Battle of Ohio took place in Cincinnati on Sunday. The Bengals, armed with seventh season left guard Quinton Spain, fell 41-16 to the Cleveland Browns, who selected linebacker Tony Fields II in the fifth round of the 2021 NFL Draft. In on all 75 offensive snaps, as well as two special teams snaps, Spain has become a mainstay of OC Brian Callahan’s O-line after getting picked up from free agency last season. He’s played every single offensive snap through nine games and has garnered seven solo tackles, including a single additional against Cincinnati.

Fields II, in his first season in the NFL, has already put up two solo tackles. When he and the Browns came into Paul Brown Stadium during Week 9, he registered action on 15 special teams snaps and tacked on a special teams tackle to help Cleveland to a 41-16 victory.

At Arrowhead Stadium, the Green Bay Packers and fifth season cornerback Rasul Douglas were narrowly defeated by Kansas City. Douglas logged time in each of the team’s 65 defensive snaps and added his presence to 12 special teams snaps. He recorded four tackles in the 13-7 loss, three of which were solo.

In Indianapolis, the Colts and seventh season offensive guard Mark Glowinski hosted the New York Jets at Lucas Oil Stadium for Thursday Night Football. Glowinski saw action on 32 offensive snaps during the 45-30 win.

Jets’ third season tight end Trevon Wesco, who spent Saturday at Milan Puskar Stadium, registered time on 15 offensive and 15 special teams snaps in the 45-30 loss, nabbing two balls for 16 yards.

Ninth season wide receiver Tavon Austin and the Jacksonville Jaguars recorded the lowest score of the week, beating the Buffalo Bills at TIAA Bank Stadium 9-6. Austin found time on seven offensive snaps, but didn’t connect with QB Trevor Lawrence at all.

At MetLife Stadium, the Las Vegas Raiders, armed with sixth season linebacker Nick Kwiatkoski, fell to the New York Giants 23-16. Kwiatkoski notched one tackle through 15 special teams snaps during the loss.

Sunday afternoon presented the Los Angeles Chargers, and fourth season linebacker Kyzir White, versus the Philadelphia Eagles at the Linc. White got the start in DC Renaldo Hills’ scheme; he put up eight tackles, four of which were solo stops, from 46 defensive and four special teams plays en route to the 27-24 win.

Down south in Atlanta, the Falcons hosted White’s older brother, sixth year wide receiver Kevin White and the New Orleans Saints. The eldest White logged a forced fumble on special teams, and added participation on 15 offensive snaps and an additional 12 special teams snaps. His team couldn’t pull out the road win, though, and dropped their third loss of the season, 27-25.

Sunday Night Football featured the Los Angeles Rams and the Tennessee Titans at SoFi Stadium. Mountaineer fans watching out for Titan David Long Jr. were blessed to see the third year linebacker start and record six tackles, two solo, among 69 defensive plays. The highlight of Long Jr.’s night was a stellar first career interception of Matthew Stafford which resulted in a six-yard return and a viral video on social media. It completely changed the momentum of the game, and Long Jr. eventually helped his team to a 28-16 Titans win.

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