Former Tech receivers have big games in NFL Sunday

Former Georgia Tech standout Stephen Hill had two TD catches in his NFL debut with the Jets Sunday.

Hill had five catches for 89 yards in New York’s victory over the Bills.

Stephen Hill (84) celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown.

Stephen Hill (84) celebrates with teammates after scoring a touchdown.

Two other former Tech receivers had big games too.

Demaryius Thomas of the Broncos had five catches for 110 yards against the Steelers and Calvin Johnson of the Lions finished with six catches for 111 yards against the Rams.

A look at some other performances, good and bad, in Sunday’s first week of the NFL season:

Blair Walsh, Vikings: The kicker from the University of Georgia had four field goals, including a 55-yarder as regulation ended, and another in overtime.

Drew Butler, Steelers: Former UGA punter had a 47.3-yard average (three punts) against the Broncos.

Robert Griffin III, Redskins: Heisman winner beat the Saints in his first game as a pro. He was 19 of 26 for 320 yards, with two TD passes and no interceptions. He also ran the ball 10 times for 42 yards.

Peyton Manning, Broncos: Was 19 of 26 for 253 yards, with two TDs and no interceptions, in his Denver debut.

Andrew Luck, Colts: The rookie was 23 of 45 for 309 yards. He had one TD and three interceptions and the Colts were routed by the Bears.

Sanchez and Tebow tandem, Jets:
Starter Mark Sanchez finished 19 of 27 for 266 yards and the three scores and threw an interception, and backup Tim Tebow had five rushes for 11 yards and didn’t throw a pass. Tebow also recovered a late onside kick by Buffalo.

Matthew Stafford, Lions: The former UGA QB threw three interceptions (32 of 48 passing) but also had 355 yards, a TD pass, and a victory.

Tony Gonzalez, Falcons: Tight end had five catches for 53 yards and a TD against his former long-time team.

Michael Vick, Eagles: He threw 56 passes and had four of them intercepted. He completed 29 passes for 317 yards and had two TD passes.

Brandon Weedon, Browns: Rookie may have had the worst performance of the day, completing just 12 of 35 passes for 118 yards and throwing four interceptions, with no TD passes.

Panthers run game:
Another woeful performance. Carolina’s leading rusher was a wide receiver, Kealoha Pilares, who had one carry for five yards. The Panthers had
13 carries for 10 yards against the Bucs.

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September 9th, 2012
6:14 pm


1 4 GT

September 9th, 2012
7:20 pm

Congratulations to Stephen Hill on a good day as Pro. GT can’t send players to the NFL? Two former GT receivers had 11 catches today for 200 yards & Hill had 2 TD’s!


September 9th, 2012
7:27 pm

Great night (last night) on the flats! Great day for Jacket football pros ! Falcon’s were also impressive.

Big Crimson 75

September 9th, 2012
8:25 pm

Wonder if the Browns would take all those picks back for Julio?
They completely destroyed their franchise drafting Brandon Weeden with our 1st round pick in Aprils draft.
Congratulations Cleveland on selecting Chris Weinke lite!!

Reggie Ball for Heisman

September 9th, 2012
8:41 pm

It’s not that Tech can’t send players to the pros, it’s that they can’t beat GEORGIA when they’re in college! Speaking of sending players to the pros, get ready for a warm dose of Jarvis Jones this November! Suck. It. Nerds.

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The Factor

September 9th, 2012
9:17 pm


I went to UGA. You’re an idiot.

Rabun Dawg

September 9th, 2012
9:17 pm

Now Reggie, be nice to the Techies. Jarvis had a great game, let’s just hope that he can keep it up for the rest of the season!

Rabun Dawg

September 9th, 2012
9:21 pm

And on another note,where was Blair last season when we needed him the most? But, congrats any way for your good day!


September 9th, 2012
9:55 pm

Great to see local talent do well on the national stage – also good to see big #88 dunk his TD ball through the goalposts in his old stadium – fans booed a little, but Tony Gonzalez is all class!


September 9th, 2012
10:18 pm

I wonder what ‘Choke Ryan’ will say about his hero MV’s performance today???
I’ll take Matty Ice over Mikey Convict any day.

GT4Life (the Original)

September 9th, 2012
10:31 pm

Demaryius Thomas…just took off for a 71 yd screen TD pass (V. Cuff just wet himself again)…another Tech WR having a big day!

HL Lawson

September 9th, 2012
10:41 pm

too bad Stephen Hill didn’t play for UGA to show his receiving skills, just like Calvin Johnson.


September 9th, 2012
10:58 pm

Too bad Big Johnson will never recruit the talent like Chan Gailey left him with…………….

Mike Luck

September 10th, 2012
12:34 am

Two others worth mentioning:
Former UGA receiver Mohamed Massaquoi had three catches for 41 yards for the Browns, and former Tech running back Jonathan Dwyer had nine carries for 43 yards for Pittsburgh against Denver.

Mike Luck

September 10th, 2012
12:36 am

One more from the late game:
Drew Butler, Steelers: Former UGA punter had a 47.3-yard average against the Broncos.


September 10th, 2012
1:51 am

Uhm Moobs… Stephen hill is a CPJ product… All up in yo grilllll!!!

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September 10th, 2012
7:31 am

Reggie …
Is that the best you can come up with? You must be one of those fans that live off that game 365 days of your life. Get a life!!!!!!!


September 10th, 2012
8:06 am

This weekend in the pros just goes to show CPJ what could have been if he would put in a decent offense and let Vad run it.


September 10th, 2012
11:22 am

UGA fans what is your problem, you won your game Saturday, why do you feel you must get on Tech blog and say something, just sad, no matter how much you win or lose, you feel better downing Tech, say something to Alabama or LSU…….not much to say now!


September 10th, 2012
12:01 pm

Tech has 3 of the NFL’s Top 12 WR’s from Week 1:

1) Calvin Johnson
2) Demaryius Thomas
12) Stephen Hill


September 10th, 2012
12:03 pm

That should have been

6) Calvin Johnson
7) Demaryious Thomas
12) Stephan Hill


September 10th, 2012
12:04 pm

Geez, one more time…

7) Demaryius Thomas

Bob LaBlah

September 10th, 2012
4:10 pm

Reggie’s balls. Blame Bush.


September 10th, 2012
4:11 pm

Dawg fan here… GT WR’s definitely showed out yesterday. Hoping AJ Green can have a similar performance tonight to start his season off.