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IMG Academy rookies in the NFL, Week 3

IMG Academy trainee Mohamed Sanu releases a 73-year touchdown strike

The third weekend of NFL action was filled with wild finishes and exotic trick plays. However, one game got off to a tricky start when the Cincinnati Bengals and Washington Redskins kicked off on Sunday. On the first play of scrimmage, wide receiver Mohamed Sanu made his NFL debut in the starting lineup - as a quarterback.

The renowned quarterback skills training at IMG Academy must be rubbing off on its skill position trainees. On the first play from scrimmage out of the wildcat formation, which featured QB Andy Dalton lined up at wide receiver, Sanu bombed a 73-yard touchdown strike to wide receiver A.J. Green to give the Bengals a 7-0 lead within the first minute of play. The attempt gave Sanu a QB rating of 158.3. The Bengals went on to defeat the favored Redskins, 38-31.

Sanu has always been a versatile player. Coming out of South Brunswick High School (N.J.), Sanu fielded scholarship offers, as a safety, from schools including UCONN, West Virginia, Penn State, Syracuse and many others, before deciding to stay in-state to play for Rutgers and head coach Greg Schiano. Schiano saw talent in Sanu on the offensive side of the ball, and started him at wide receiver, while also taking snaps from the running back position. His freshmen year yielded big results,haulingin 51 receptions for 639 yards and three touchdowns, and rushing 62 times for 346 yards and five touchdowns. During his junior season, Sanu would break the Big East single season record for receptions with 115 catches - a record previously held by Larry Fitzgerald. With his many proven skills, it comes as no surprise that Sanu must also have some talent throwing the ball.

Other highlights from Week 3 include ...

Carolina Panthers LB Luke Kuechly had his most productive game to date, recording 12 tackles (6 solo, 6 assisted) in a loss to the New York Giants.

Seattle Seahawks QB Russell Wilson earned his second win as the starter, besting the Green Bay Packers on Monday Night Football. In a defensive struggle, Wilson completed 10-of-21 passes for 130 yards and 2 TDs in the 14-12 win.

Buffalo Bills LT Cordy Glenn contributed to another stellar effort on the offensive line, helping the Bills defeat the Cleveland Browns, 24-14.

Washington Redskins RB Alfred Morris carried the ball 17 times for 78 yards (4.6 avg.) and a touchdown in a loss to the Cincinnati Bengals.

New Orleans Saints DB Corey White continues to produce on defense and special teams for the Saints, recording 3 solo tackles and two special teams tackles in a loss to the Kansas City Chiefs.

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