Texas vs. the Nation Excels in the Pros

A look at six all-stars from the past
Johnny Knox, WR, Chicago Bears

Dallas, TEXAS – Although Texas vs. the Nation is the newest game in the post-season all-star realm, in just three years, they have established themselves at the top of the pack setting records for NFL signees and attendance in each outing since the inaugural game February 2, 2007. With 111 of the 119-man roster signing NFL contracts in 2009, Texas vs. the Nation veterans have definitely begun to leave their mark in the NFL. Let’s highlight some of our alum that have taken their all-star quality from the Texas vs. the Nation field to the pros.

WR/RT Johnny Knox, Chicago Bears – Knox was drafted in the 5th round, 140th overall out of Abilene Christian, which is a Division II school in Texas. So far, he has caught 14 passes for 190 yards and two touchdowns and returned 9 kickoffs for 322 yards (35.8 yard average) and 1 touchdown, a 102 yard return against the Detroit Lions. The Bears plan to use him even more this season in their offense and will try to get him the ball in his hands more and more each week.

RB Bernard Scott, Cincinnati Bengals – Scott, another rookie out of Abilene Christian, was drafted in the 6th round, 209th overall. Being in line behind Cedric Benson has limited the amount of time Scott has had to show what he can do for the Bengals running game, but two weeks ago against the Cleveland Browns Scott showed that he can be effective running the ball when he carried 6 times for 41 yards averaging 6.8 yards a carry. Because he has shown some flash, look for Scott to get more carries as we get further in the season.

DT Terrance Knighton, Jacksonville Jaguars – Knighton was drafted in the 3rd round, 81st overall out of Temple and has been the Jaguars starting defensive tackle since the season started. He has 9 total tackles for season so far and should be in the starting line for the rest of the season as long as he stays healthy.

Not only did last year’s game produce players, athlete’s from the 2008 roster are starting to emerge as key players for teams across the NFL as well.

WR Pierre Garcon, Indianapolis Colts – The Colts drafted Garcon in the 6th round, 205th overall, out of Mount Union College, which is a Division 3 school. Last season Garcon played in 14 games, but only caught 4 passes for 23 yards and no touchdowns. This season Garcon has stepped into the starting line-up because of the injury to fellow wide receiver Anthony Gonzalez and has caught 10 passes for 207 yards and 2 touchdowns and has come up with big plays for the Colts week after week.

RB Tim Hightower, Arizona Cardinals – Hightower was drafted in the 5th round 149th overall out of Richmond and in his rookie season lead the NFC Champions in rushing touchdowns with 10 and rushed for 399 yards as he split time with Edgerrin James. He also caught 34 passes for 237 yards in the Cardinals offense. This season he has rushed for 109 yards and 1 touchdown and has already caught 20 passes 172 yards in only 3 games. In the first game of the season alone, he caught 12 passes for 121 yards.

DE Trevor Scott, Oakland Raiders – Scott was drafted in the 6th round, 169th overall out of Buffalo and in his rookie season he played in all 16 games and had 5 sacks without starting a game, and also end up with 24 total tackles and 1 forced fumble. This season has played in all 4 games for the Raiders and only has 8 total tackles, but is a bauble member of their defensive line.

Check back frequently for updates on Texas vs. the Nation alums in the Pros.

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