Knights NFL Watch

Week One of the NFL season is done, and UCF Knights made some big impacts all across the league. Inside Knights is going to check in on how our alumni did over the weekend.

The most outspoken former Knight, Broncos wide receiver Brandon Marshall had a tough day in his team's miracle finish. Marshall caught just four passes for 27 yards, but was a key in the play of the season thus far as Marshall was targeted by quarterback Kyle Orton whose under-thrown pass was tipped by Cincinnati's Jonathan Joseph, and then caught by Brandon Stokely who raced up the sideline for a game-winning 87-yard touchdown reception.

In the same game, former Knights and current Broncos kicker Matt Prater booted two field goals, from 48 and 50 yards respectively.

The Knights most famous NFL alum, quarterback Daunte Culpepper missed the Lions opener as he hurt his toe, and the team started rookie Matt Stafford. As usual, the Lions struggled in a 45-27 loss. A bright spot for the Lions was former UCF All-American Kevin Smith, who found the end zone. Smith rushed 15 times for just 20 yards, but caught seven passes for 52 yards.

The highest-paid Knight in the NFL, Eagles cornerback Asante Samuel continued to earn his money in his team's 38-10 victory over Carolina as he recorded three tackles, had two passes defensed, and picked off Panthers starting quarterback Jake Delhomme.

The Green Bay Packers opened up their 2009 season on Sunday Night Football and the national television audience was able to see not one, but two UCF Knights in the starting lineup. Josh Sitton got the start for the Pack at right guard, and played well opening up holes for running back Ryan Grant. Atari Bigby was the other former Knight that started, and he recorded six tackles. Bigby didn't announce his alma mater in the introductions as he choose to honor his high school instead.


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