Former SEC Players Make Big Splash in NFL
Since last year, the only thing that has changed for a handful of former SEC players is their uniform.
Now donning the Packers famous green-and-gold, former Kentucky standout Randall Cobb burst onto the NFL scene in Thursday night's opener versus the New Orleans Saints.
Cobb tied an NFL record with his 108-yard kickoff return for a touchdown in the second half of the game. He also had a receiving touchdown and nearly broke a punt return later in the game.
On Sunday, former LSU cornerback Patrick Peterson--the Arizona Cardinals first round draft pick--returned a punt 89 yards for the game-clinching touchdown against the Carolina Panthers.
In Cleveland, former Georgia wide receiver A.J. Green scored the eventual game-winning touchdown for the Cincinnati Bengals on a 41-yard reception with four minutes remaining in the game.
Fellow first-rounder and former Alabama star receiver Julio Jones had five catches for 71 yards in the Atlanta Falcons loss to the Chicago Bears.
Perhaps the biggest opening weekend performance was turned in by No. 1 draft pick and former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton.
The Panthers quarterback had 422 passing yards--the most ever by a rookie quarterback on opening weekend. Newton threw two touchdown passes and added a rushing score to account for all 21 of the Panthers points against Arizona.
Coincidentally, Newton and the Panthers played their opening game at University of Phoenix Stadium where the former Heisman winner and his Auburn teammates won the BCS National Championship last January.
All in all, not a bad first weekend in the pros for these former SEC stars.