This past week the NFL finally returned for its 104th season, and a few players who stepped onto the gridiron during the opening week were former UCF Knights.
Let’s take a look at how these alumni did in Week 1.
S Richie Grant — Atlanta Falcons
Grant played a key role in helping the Falcons’ defense shut down this year’s first overall pick Bryce Young and the Carolina Panthers’ offense. He recorded seven tackles, three solo and four assisted, and one pass selection in the Falcons’ 24-10 win.
Richie Grant just murdered Adam Thielen pic.twitter.com/JQ7LA2THj5— Tre’Shon (@tre3shon) September 10, 2023
DB Shaquill Griffin — Houston Texans
WR Gabe Davis — Buffalo Bills
Davis recorded two catches for 32 yards in the Bills’ 22-16 OT loss to the New York Jets.
RB Latavius Murray — Buffalo Bills
Murry, in his Bills debut, recorded two carries for eight yards.
K Matt Prater — Arizona Cardinals
A few hours after congratulating current Knights’ kicker Colton Boomer on Twitter for his performance in the Boise State game, Prater went on to have a pretty solid game himself. He went three-for-three on field goals, with a long of 54 yards, in the Cardinals' 20-16 loss to the Washington Commanders.
Matt Prater just hit a 54 yard field goal at the age of 50 pic.twitter.com/4UL8tuCOJ7— Pat McAfee (@PatMcAfeeShow) September 10, 2023
Side note: Matt is not 50, but he is 39, and that 54-yarder extended his NFL record for most career FGs from 50+ to 72.
WR Brandon Johnson — Denver Broncos
Johnson recorded two catches for 31 yards in the Broncos’ 17-16 loss to the Las Vegas Raiders.
TE Jordan Akins — Cleveland Browns
LS Charley Hughlett — Cleveland Browns
Hughlett served as the Browns’ long snapper. He snapped the ball on seven punts, three field goal attempts, and one extra point attempt.
LS Alex Ward — Los Angeles Rams
Ward made his NFL debut in the Rams 30-13 win over the Seattle Seahawks. He served as the long snapper for three field goal attempts, four punts, and one extra point attempt.
DT Kalia Davis — San Fransisco 49ers
Davis, who missed his entire rookie season due to being placed on the non-football injury list, dressed for his first-ever NFL game. However, he didn’t record any stats in the 49ers 30-7 win over the Pittsburgh Steelers.
DB Mike Hughes — Atlanta Falcons
Hughes dressed in the Falcons game but did not record any stats.
Former Knights OT Ryan Swoboda, who was cut by the Detroit Lions before the start of the season, was signed to the Jets’ practice squad.