Three former Washington Huskies had their first NFL touchdowns on Sunday.
Two came from rookies and one came from a player who essentially redshirted in 2017.
The first touchdown of the day came when Cincinnati wideout John Ross hauled in a three-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Andy Dalton midway through the second quarter, bringing the Bengals to within three points of the Indianapolis Colts on the road.
John Ross gets his first career @NFL touchdown!#CINvsIND #SeizeTheDEY pic.twitter.com/Uv8aCwJMu4
— Cincinnati Bengals (@Bengals) September 9, 2018
Cincinnati wound up winning the game 34-23, holding off a late comeback attempt by Andrew Luck and the Colts.
During his four years at Washington, Ross went from being a player who only saw spot duty, to becoming one of the most prolific receivers in program history, posting 81 receptions for 1,105 yards and 17 touchdowns.
Shortly after he announced his intention to leave early and head to the NFL, Ross then became the buzz of the NFL world, posting the fastest 40 time in NFL Combine history at 4.22 seconds and he eventually was taken by Cincinnati with the 9th overall selection in the first round.
As a rookie last season for the Bengals, Ross struggled with injuries and essentially missed the whole season (he only played in one game and fumbled the ball the first time he touched it) ending his season officially in early December.
Dante Pettis was a second-round selection by the San Francisco 49ers (44th overall) and he reportedly had an outstanding training camp, wowing people with his route-running and soft hands.
His 22-yard touchdown reception late in the third quarter on a scramble by quarterback Jimmy Garappolo was a thing of beauty.
What was better: the escape job from Garoppolo, or the beautiful catch from the rookie Dante Pettis? #SFvsMIN pic.twitter.com/ohiLkDH0mx
— FOX Sports: NFL (@NFLonFOX) September 9, 2018
Pettis added a 39-yard reception later in the second half to finish with the two receptions for 61 yards.
As a Husky, Pettis finished his four-year career with 163 receptions for 2,256 yards and 24 touchdowns, but it was his exploits as a punt-returner that put him in the record books as he set the national record for punt returns with nine, setting the record against one of Washington’s most-heated rivals — Oregon.
When he was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks, Will Dissly had a reputation as being a great blocker with underrated receiving skills. He proved in his first official NFL game that that scouting report was spot on as he hauled in a 15-yard touchdown reception from Russell Wilson after an interception and return by Earl Thomas set the Seahawks up with the ball on the Denver 15.
TOUCHDOWN WILL DISSLY!!!! Leaks out on the play-action after initially blocking. Love the play call here. #Seahawks #SEAvsDENpic.twitter.com/Q9pCk1N5Qk
— Samuel Gold (@SamuelRGold) September 9, 2018
So far, Dissly has three receptions for 105 yards and the one touchdown to lead the Seahawks.
Dissly began his career with the Huskies as a defensive end, but eventually he was moved to offense and he had his biggest season as a senior, grabbing 21 receptions for 289 yards and two scores while starting in place of the injured Drew Sample.
The Montana native was a fourth-round selection by the Seahawks (120th overall).