Former linebacker Jordan Hicks has had an unexpected rise to stardom in his past three games with the Philadelphia Eagles. The rookie started his first game against the Dallas Cowboys in week two of the NFL season because of injuries to Kiko Alonso and Mychal Kendricks. He was noted for the sack that broke Tony Romo’s clavicle and sidelined the quarterback for six weeks. This past week, Hicks recovered yet another fumble and aided in stopping Saints quarterback Drew Brees’ dominant pass offense. After just three games, Hicks has recorded a total of 21 tackles, a sack, a forced fumble and an interception and three fumble recoveries.
During his career with the Longhorns, Hicks played behind linebackers Emmanuel Acho and Keenan Robinson his freshman year. As a sophomore, he competed in eight starts including a Holiday Bowl performance against California, in which he recorded eight tackles, a sack and two tackles for a loss. As a senior in 2014, Hicks recorded 147 tackles, seventh best in Texas history. His strong combine performance attracted the attention of the Eagles, who selected him 84th overall.