September 17th, 2015 | BAHAMAS BOWL


From Saturdays to Sundays: A look at C-USA and MAC players in the NFL

With the NFL’s Kickoff Weekend completed, both Conference USA and the MAC were well-represented on club rosters across the 32 teams.

Conference USA had 79 players on NFL rosters, led by Louisiana Tech with 11, while Southern Miss had 10. The list also includes six by UAB, which dropped football after the 2014 season, but will reinstate the sport for the 2017 season back in C-USA.

In the MAC, 78 players from the current 13 insitutions were part of NFL clubs, led by Toledo with 12 and 2014 Popeyes Bahamas Bowl participant Central Michigan with 10.

What follows is the list of players by school who were either on the active roster, injured reserve or the practice squad during the NFL’s opening weekend (Sept. 10-13).


FIU (4): S Johnathan Cyprien (Jacksonville), DT Isame Faciane (Minnesota), WR T.Y. Hilton (Indianapolis), LB Tourek Williams (San Diego)

Florida Atlantic (7): LB Adarius Glanton (Carolina), TE Rob Housler (Cleveland), LB Randell Johnson (Buffalo), RB Alfred Morris (Washington), CB Keith Reaser (San Francisco), CB D’Joun Smith (Indianapolis), WR Lucky Whitehead (Dallas)

Louisiana Tech (11): P Ryan Allen (New England), LB Houston Bates (Washington), OL Mitchell Bell (Oakland), DT Justin Ellis (Oakland), DE IK Enemkpali (Buffalo), QB Luke McCown (New Orleans), T Jordan Mills (Dallas), WR Quinton Patton (San Francisco), K Josh Scobee (Pittsburgh), WR Myles White (N.Y. Giants), CB Tramon Williams (Cleveland)

Marshall (7): DE Vinny Curry (Philadelphia), WR Aaron Dobson (New England), LB Neville Hewitt (Miami), C Doug Legursky (Pittsburgh), LB Albert McClellan (Baltimore), DB Darryl Roberts (New England), TE Lee Smith (Oakland)

Middle Tennessee (6): RB Benny Cunningham (St. Louis), LB Jamari Lattimore (N.Y. Jets), CB Sammy Seamster (New Orleans), DT Jimmy Staten (New England), LB Erik Walden (Indianapolis), G Josh Walker (Green Bay)

North Texas (5): LB Derek Akunne (Atlanta), RB Lance Dunbar (Dallas), G Cyril Lemon (New Orleans), LB Zachary Orr (Baltimore), LB Craig Robertson (Cleveland)

Old Dominion (1): QB Taylor Heinicke (Minnesota)

Rice (9): CB Bryce Callahan (Chicago), TE/FB James Casey (Denver), DT Christian Covington (Houston), CB Phillip Gaines (Kansas City), TE Vance McDonald (San Francisco), S Andrew Sendejo (Minnesota), LB Scott Solomon (Cleveland), WR Jordan Taylor (Denver), TE Luke Willson (Seattle)

Southern Miss (10): T Chris Clark (Houston), LB Jamie Collins (New England), QB Austin Davis (Cleveland), T Demar Dotson (Tampa Bay), T Lamar Holmes (Atlanta), DT Tom Johnson (Minnesota), LB Cordarro Law (San Diego), DL Rakeem Nunez-Roches (Kansas City), DT Khyri Thornton (New England), T Jason Weaver (Chicago)

UAB (6): TE Kennard Backman (Green Bay), C/G Chris Hubbard (Pittsburgh), T Matt McCants (Oakland), WR J.J. Nelson (Arizona), QB Joe Webb (Carolina), WR Roddy White (Atlanta)

UTEP (5): CB Antwon Blake (Pittsburgh), DB Quintin Demps (Houston), LS Jon Dorenbos (Philadelphia), QB Jamiell Showers (Dallas), TE Eric Tomlinson (Houston)

UTSA (2): DL Ashaad Mabry (New Orleans), CB Teddy Williams (Carolina)

WKU (6): RB Antonio Andrews (Tennessee), S Jonathan Dowling (Miami), TE Jack Doyle (Indianapolis), TE Mitchell Henry (Denver), RB Bobby Rainey (Tampa Bay), CB Cam Thomas (Buffalo)


Akron (2): LB Justin March (Kansas City), OL Jarrod Pughsley (Kansas City)

Ball State (5): RB Jahwan Edwards (Atlanta), DE Jonathan Newsome (Indianapolis), DB Eric Patterson (Indianapolis), WR Willie Snead (New Orleans), QB Keith Wenning (Cincinnati)

Bowling Green (7): DB Jahleel Addae (San Diego), DB Jude Adjei-Barimah (Tampa Bay), TE Alex Bayer (San Diego), DL Chris Jones (New England), OL Kory Lichtensteiger (Washington), LB Gabe Martin (Arizona), K Shaun Suisham (Pittsburgh)

Buffalo (5): LB Khalil Mack (Oakland), RB Branden Oliver (San Diego), P Jacob Schum (Tampa Bay), DL Kristjan Sokoli (Seattle), RB James Starks (Green Bay)

Central Michigan (10): DB Jahleel Addae (San Diego), LB Nick Bellore (San Francisco), WR Antonio Brown (Pittsburgh), OL Eric Fisher (Kansas City), DB Josh Gordy (N.Y. Giants), DL Cullen Jenkins (N.Y. Giants), RB Thomas Rawls (Seattle), OT Joe Staley (San Francisco), DL L.T. Walton (Pittsburgh), LB Frank Zombo (Kansas City)

Eastern Michigan (5): RB Bronson Hill (Chicago), DE Jason Jones (Detroit), OL Darren Keyton (Detroit), OL T.J. Lang (Green Bay), DL Andy Mulumba (Green Bay)

Kent State (8): WR Dri Archer (Pittsburgh), WR Julian Edelman (New England), LB James Harrison (Pittsburgh), TE Antonio Gates (San Diego), OL Josh Kline (New England), FB Roosevelt Nix (Pittsburgh), TE Casey Pierce (Detroit), OL Brian Winters (N.Y. Jets)

UMass (1): TE Rob Blanchflower (Pittsburgh)

Miami (5): OL Brandon Brooks (Houston), DT Austin Brown (New Orleans), QB Zac Dysert (Houston), QB Ben Roethlisberger (Pittsburgh), DB Quinten Rollins (Green Bay)

Northern Illinois (8): DT Ken Bishop (Dallas), WR Da’Ron Brown (Kansas City), DE Larry English (Tampa Bay), OT Doug Free (Dallas), DB Rashaan Melvin (Baltimore), WR Nathan Palmer (New England), TE Tim Semisch (Miami), DB Jimmie Ward (San Francisco)

Ohio (3): DB Travis Carrie (Oakland), FS Mike Mitchell (Pittsburgh), TE Jordan Thompson (Detroit)

Toledo (12): S Barry Church (Dallas), LB Jayrone Elliott (Green Bay), DE T.J. Fatinikun (Tampa Bay), RB David Fluellen (Tennessee), QB Bruce Gradkowski (Pittsburgh), OL John Greco (Cleveland), WR Andrew Hawkins (Cleveland), OL Zac Kerin (Minnesota), P Brett Kern (Tennessee), OL Greg Mancz (Houston), WR Lance Moore (Detroit), LB Junior Sylvestre (Indianapolis)

Western Michigan (7): DL Richard Ash (Jacksonville), DB E.J. Biggers (Philadelphia), DB Justin Currie (N.Y. Giants), DB Louis Delmas (Miami), WR Greg Jennings (Miami), OL Drew Nowak (Seattle), OT Joe Reitz (Indianapolis)

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