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Former BYU LB Fred Warner impresses in NFL debut

San Francisco 49ers v Minnesota Vikings Photo by Hannah Foslien/Getty Images

After getting the starting nod at inside linebacker for the 49ers, Fred Warner exceeded expectations with one of the best defensive performances of the opening NFL weekend.

Fred Warner led the 49ers with 12 tackles and added a crucial forced fumble that kept the 49ers in the game. Here’s the video of Warner coming behind Vikings RB Dalvin Cook and forcing the fumble:

Warner was all over the field, and gained praise from national media pundits for his performance. Here are a couple of his other highlights:

Fred’s 12 tackles were the third highest total for the opening NFL weekend. If Fred can keep up this performance, a defensive rookie of the year award could be in his future.

Congrats to Fred on a fantastic NFL debut, and good luck the rest of the season with the 49ers!