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Utes in the NFL: Week 5 Review, Week 6 Preview

Oct 13, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY – It was an emotional week five in the NFL for a certain former Utah football family member as Alex Smith made his return to football, playing for the first time since a gruesome leg injury almost ended his career.

Smith came in during the second quarter for injured Washington quarterback Kyle Allen, stepping foot on the competition field for the first time in almost two years. Smith, the No. 1 overall NFL Draft pick in 2005 from Utah, has had 17 surgeries over the last two seasons after a severe compound fracture caused a bacterial infection that would cause him to fight for his life.

Smith finished the game going 9-of-17 passing with zero interceptions and 37 yards.

Former Ute Cody Barton started at linebacker for the Seattle Seahawks for the second time this season, recording a career-high and team-high tying 14 tackles. Barton was a force for the Seahawks against Minnesota on Sunday, but unfortunately Seattle couldn't come away with the win.

Staying on defense, the Utes had a pair of former standouts earn their first starts of the season with Kylie Fitts earning the starting nod at linebacker for Arizona and Brian Allen starting for the San Francisco 49ers. Both former Utes had three tackles each in their respective games with Allen making his first NFL appearance of the season after being activated from the practice squad.

NFL Regular Season Week 5 Recap (Alphabetical by Player)

Player, Team Opponent Result Highlights
Brian Allen, San Francisco vs. Miami L, 43-17 Started at CB; 3 tackles
Bradlee Anae, Dallas vs. NY Giants W, 37-34 Sub on DL/ST; 1 QBH
Francis Bernard, Dallas vs. NY Giants W, 37-34 Sub at LB/ST
Cody Barton, Seattle vs. Minnesota W, 27-26 Started at LB; 14 tackles
Julian Blackmon, Indianapolis at Cleveland L, 32-23 Started at FS; 4 tackles
Devontae Booker, Las Vegas at Kansas City W, 40-32 Sub at RB; 7 rush, 62 yds, (8.9 ypc);
1 rec, 5 yds
Terrell Burgess, L.A. Rams at Washington W, 30-10 Sub on ST
Kylie Fitts, Arizona at NY Jets W, 30-10 Started at LB; 3 tackles
Leki Fotu, Arizona at NY Jets W, 30-10 Sub on DL; 1 TFL
Javelin Guidry, NY Jets vs. Arizona L, 30-10 Sub on ST
Jaylon Johnson, Chicago vs. Tampa Bay W, 20-19 Started at CB; 2 tackles
Nate Orchard, Washington vs. L.A. Rams L, 30-10 Sub on DL/ST
Eric Rowe, Miami at San Francisco W, 43-17 Started at S; 4 tackles, 2 PD
Alex Smith, Washington vs. L.A. Rams L, 30-10 Sub at QB; 9-17-0, 37 yds
Sam Tevi, L.A. Chargers at New Orleans L, 30-27 Started at LT
Marcus Williams, New Orleans vs. L.A. Chargers W, 30-27 Started at FS; 2 tackles, 1 PD
Mitch Wishnowsky, San Francisco vs. Miami L, 43-17 3 punts, 133 yds (44.3 avg), 1 IN20, 58 LG

How To Watch The Utes In NFL Week 6:

Day Game Time (MT) TV Utes to Watch
Oct. 18 Cincinnati at Indianapolis 11 a.m. FOX #32 Julian Blackmon (Colts)
Oct. 18 Denver at New England 11 a.m. CBS #72 Garett Bolles (Denver)
#81 Tim Patrick (Denver)
Oct. 18 Washington at NY Giants 11 a.m. FOX #11 Alex Smith (Washington)
#50 Jared Norris (Washington)
#59 Nate Orchard (Washington)
#72 Jackson Barton (NY Giants)
Oct. 18 Chicago at Carolina 11 a.m. FOX #33 Jaylon Johnson (Chicago)
Oct. 18 Detroit at Jacksonville 11 a.m. FOX #91 John Penisini (Detroit)
Oct. 18 NY Jets at Miami 2:05 p.m. CBS #40 Javelin Guidry (NY Jets)
#21 Eric Rowe (Miami)
Oct. 18 L.A. Rams at San Francisco 6:20 p.m. NBC #26 Terrell Burgess (L.A. Rams)
#6 Mitch Wishnowsky (San Francisco)
#48 Brian Allen (San Francisco)
Oct. 19 Kansas City at Buffalo 3 p.m. FOX/NFL #20 Zack Moss (Buffalo)
Oct. 19 Arizona at Dallas 6:15 p.m. ESPN #49 Kylie Fitts (Arizona)
#95 Leki Fotu (Arizona)
#44 Francis Bernard (Dallas)
#56 Bradlee Anae (Dallas)