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Sunday, September 19, 2010

Warriors in the Pros: NFL Week 2, Chad Owens 80-yard Punt Return for TD

Chad Owens did it again, returning a punt 80 yards for a touchdown as Toronto beat Winnipeg 17-13.
Owens' third return TD of the season was the first big play of the game for the Boatmen, who got an earful from head coach Jim Barker at halftime. It put them ahead 7-6, and they never trailed again.

"We needed a spark, someone to get us started and the best thing was C.O. got everyone fired up," said receiver Jeremaine Copeland, whose touchdown catch in the fourth quarter helped seal the deal. "This was the start of us getting into the playoffs.
Here's video of the TD. Mighty Mouse finished with 4 kick returns for 93 yards and 8 punt returns for 125 yards.

For the second straight week, Ikaika Alama-Francis was placed on the inactive list as he continues to recover from some sort of stomach bug. The good news is that he did practice on Friday so he should be good to go next week, if he didn't lose too much weight and/or strength.

Ikaika's teammate Davone Bess caught 1 pass for 12 yards in the Dolphins victory over Minnesota.

Pisa Tinoisamoa had 5 tackles as the Bears defeated the Cowboys. Mat McBriar punted 3 times for a 37.3 yard average.

Samson Satele got the start at center for the Oakland Raiders after being benched in Week 1. Raiders beat the Rams 16-14.

And Kristian R Dyer of the New York Times' Fifth Down blog profiles New York Jets offensive/defensive lineman Wayne Hunter.
It wasn’t an error in the game notes or a mistake on the part of the television or radio announcers. Jets lineman Wayne Hunter was really checking into the game on defense.

Hunter, a seventh-year pro who plays on offense as a tackle and occasionally sees snaps as a blocking tight end, came in for a goal-line stand to try to help stuff Baltimore late in the second quarter of Monday night’s game. Hunter helped the unit on two stops before the Jets conceded a touchdown.

The defensive side of the ball is not, however, a new position for Hunter.

At the University of Hawaii, Hunter played defensive tackle for the Warriors before switching to offense for his final two years.


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