CARROLLTON, Ga. – The Cleveland Browns announced Wednesday that Desmond Harrison, a 2017 All-American at the University of West Georgia, will be the Browns starting left tackle when the 2018 NFL season starts Sunday.
Harrison joins Alex Armah, an All-American at West Georgia in 2016, as the second UWG player to be listed at the top of his position on a NFL depth chart. Armah, who begins his second season in the NFL Sunday, will play a pivotal role as the starter at fullback for the Carolina Panthers. A third contributor to the UWG Wolves, J.J. Jones, will open the season as backup punt returner and wide receiver for the Los Angeles Chargers.
The Browns will play at 1 p.m. Sunday, taking on the Pittsburgh Steelers in Cleveland, Ohio, in a game that will be televised on CBS. Lining up at left tackle for his rookie campaign, the 6-feet-6-inches tall, 296-pound Harrison will be the anchor for what is shaping up to be an explosive Browns offense this season.
For Armah and the Panthers, the season will begin at 4:25 p.m. Sunday on FOX, opening with a matchup against the Dallas Cowboys in Charlotte, North Carolina. Armah will be wearing No. 40 for the second straight season and will see action both at fullback and on special teams.
Jones turned heads in the return game for the Chargers during preseason with an electrifying 72-yard punt return for a touchdown against the Seattle Seahawks. Los Angeles will open the 2018 season at 1:05 p.m. Sunday on CBS, taking on the Kansas City Chiefs in a game that will have two Gulf South Conference return men. Jones will be on the Chargers' side, and All-Pro punt returner Tyreek Hill will suit up for the Chiefs.