‘Bows in the Pros: Hawaii football alum Jahlani Tavai records sack in NFL debut

Detroit Lions linebacker Jahlani Tavai, who sacked Kyler Murray in his official NFL debut on Sunday, was seen here signaling during a preseason game against New England on Aug. 9. / Associated Press photo by Paul Sancya

Jahlani Tavai made his presence felt for the Detroit Lions in his official NFL debut.

The Lions’ second-round draft pick started at linebacker and made three solo tackles in Sunday’s 27-27 tie with the Arizona Cardinals in Week 1.

Most notably, he had a sack of reigning Heisman Trophy winner and top overall draft pick Kyler Murray in the third quarter.

He also hurried the Cardinals’ quarterback on a play in overtime, drawing praise from the Fox Sports broadcast team.

>> UH’s other player drafted after last year, slotback John Ursua, did not see action for the Seattle Seahawks, who beat Cincinnati 21-20.

>> Indianapolis punter Rigo Sanchez punted three times for an average of 36 yards in the Colts’ 30-24 loss to the Los Angeles Chargers.


  1. Howard Unebasami September 8, 2019 7:52 pm

    Great coaching make great player.

  2. Aiea 7 September 8, 2019 8:33 pm

    no, great players make a coach great but great coaching cannot make a mediocre player great.

  3. BigIslandLava September 9, 2019 6:36 am

    I bet you now the fans in Detroit knows who Jahlani is. I knew by the first game he’d play “Whoop your Jaws” good.

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