Former South Carolina star Jadeveon Clowney made his presence felt Sunday.
Clowney, now an outside linebacker with the Houston Texans, had five tackles, including three for a loss, and one sack in a 21-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Clowney’s play this season has been a welcome sign for the Texans, who are playing without three-time NFL Defensive Player of the Year J.J. Watt. In his first two seasons, he has plagued by injuries and inconsistent play.
“I’m just trying to fit in where I fit on the defense,” Clowney said. “I’m just trying to go out there and make as many plays as possible.”
Clowney’s disruption on the field was a major reason the Jaguars were ineffective in the second half of Sunday’s contest and part of the reason Houston leads the AFC South.
“I’ve been doing it all season,” Clowney said. “We’ve been mixing it up, trying to isolate me one-on-one with inside guys and outside guys. It was just a great gameplan by the coaches.”
But Clowney’s performance also was just one of many former SEC players who made an impact in Week 15 of the NFL. Here’s a look at some others:
Jarvis Landry, Miami Dolphins WR – The second-round pick out of LSU in 2014 caught three passes for 108 yards and a touchdown in Miami’s 34-13 win over the New York Jets.
Jared Cook, Green Bay Packers TE – Cook had six catches for 85 yards as the Packers beat the Chicago Bears, 30-27. Cook is a former third-round pick out of South Carolina.
Alshon Jeffery, Chicago Bears WR – Jeffrey had six catches for 89 yards and a touchdown. The former second-round pick out of South Carolina and the Bears lost 30-27 to Green Bay.
Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Green Bay Packers S – Clinton-Dix had two interceptions in a 30-27 win over Chicago on Sunday. The former Alabama All-American was a first-round pick in 2014.
Benardrick McKinney, Houston Texans LB – The second-round pick out of Mississippi State had seven tackles, a sack and two quarterback hits in the Texans’ 21-20 win over the Jacksonville Jaguars.
Mark Ingram, New Orleans Saints RB – Ingram, the 2009 Heisman Trophy winner from Alabama, ran for 78 yards in the Saints’ 48-41 win over the Arizona Cardinals.
C.J. Mosley, Baltimore Ravens LB – The former Alabama star had 13 tackles in the Ravens’ 27-26 loss to the Philadelphia Eagles.
Derrick Henry, Tennessee Titans RB – Henry, the former Heisman Trophy winner from Alabama, had 58 yards rushing and two touchdowns in the Titans’ 19-17 win over the Kansas City Chiefs.
Kwon Alexander, Tampa Bay Buccaneers LB – Alexander had 21 tackles in the Buccaneers’ 26-20 loss to the Dallas Cowboys.
Eric Berry, Kansas City Chiefs S – Berry, a former All-American at Tennessee, had 11 tackles in a 19-17 loss to the Tennessee Titans.
Dak Prescott, Dallas Cowboys QB – Prescott rebounded this week to throw for 279 yards in the Cowboys’ 26-20 win over Tampa Bay. The former Mississippi State star also rushed for a touchdown.
Eli Manning, New York Giants QB – Manning threw for 201 yards and two touchdowns. The Ole Miss star helped the Giants to a 17-6 win over Detroit.
Matthew Stafford, Detroit Lions QB – The former No. 1 overall pick from Georgia threw for 273 yards in the Lions’ 17-6 loss to the New York Giants.
Odell Beckham Jr., New York Giants WR – Beckham, a first-round pick out of LSU in 2014, caught six passes for 64 yards and a touchdown in the Giants’ 17-6 win over Detroit.
Jason Witten, Dallas Cowboys TE – Witten, a third-round pick out of Tennessee, caught 10 passes for 51 yards in the Cowboys’ 26-20 win over Tampa Bay.
Landon Collins, New York Giants S – Collins, who played ball at Alabama, had eight tackles in a 17-6 win over Detroit.
Brandon LaFell, Cincinnati Bengals WR – The former LSU star caught seven passes for 91 yards in the Bengals’ 24-20 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Keanu Neal, Atlanta Falcons S – The rookie from Florida lead the Falcons with 11 tackles in a 41-13 win over the San Francisco 49ers.
Melvin Ingram, San Diego Chargers LB – The Chargers’ 2012 first-round pick from South Carolina had six tackles, one sack, two forced fumbles and two quarterback hits in the 19-16 loss to Oakland.
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