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Thirty-Five Former Tigers on NFL Rosters

Clemson Athletic Communications - Friday, May 30, 2014 3:27 PM
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Clemson, S.C.—Thirty-five former Clemson football players are in NFL camps according to rosters on the NFL’s official website. The list includes eight members of the 2013 Clemson team, five that were drafted and three others that signed free agent contracts.

Below are some notes on the 35 former Tigers in NFL Camps

•The 35 players include 17 offensive players, 17 defensive players and one special teams player (Chandler CatanzaroChandler Catanzaro
Punter / Kicker (2009 - 2013)
#39 6-2, 195
Greenville, SC

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).
•Sixteen of the 32 NFL players have at least one former Tiger on a roster, led by the Buffalo Bills with six. Those players are C.J. SpillerC.J. Spiller
Pro Running Back
#28 5-11, 195
Lake Butler, FL

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, Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
Wide Receiver (2011 - 2013)
#2 6-1, 205
Fort Myers, FL

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, Chris HairstonChris Hairston
Offensive Line (2006 - 2010)
#61 6-7, 325
Winston-Salem, NC

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, Antoine McClainAntoine McClain
Offensive Guard (2008 - 2011)
#74 6-6, 335
Anniston, AL

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, Jonathan MeeksJonathan Meeks
Safety (2009 - 2012)
#5 6-1, 210
Rock Hill, SC

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and Darius RobinsonDarius Robinson
Cornerback (2010 - 2013)
#8 5-10, 175
College Park, GA

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. This is the first time an NFL team has had six former Clemson players on its roster at the same time.
•While the Bills have six former Tigers, five others have three apiece. Those teams are the New York Jets, Arizona Cardinals, San Diego Chargers, Tennessee Titans and Houston Texans. The Indianapolis Colts, Jacksonville Jaguars, Pittsburgh Steelers and Washington Redskins have two apiece.
•The veteran of the list below is Charlie WhitehurstCharlie Whitehurst
Quarterback (2002 - 2005)
#6 6-4, 225
Duluth, GA

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, who has completed eight seasons in the NFL. He is with Tennessee, his first year with the Titans.
•Of the 35 former Tigers on NFL rosters, 34 played for current Clemson Head Coach Dabo Swinney. That includes Chris ClemonsChris Clemons
Free Safety
# 6-1, 215
DeSoto, FL

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of the Houston Texans, who was a senior in 2008, the year Swinney took over as an interim coach at mid-season.
•As far as a breakdown by position, five of the players listed are wide receivers and five are cornerbacks. Four are defensive ends, three are offensive tackles, strong safeties, and linebackers. Two are running backs, tight ends, centers and defensive tackles. There is one offensive guard and one kicker.
•Four of the five wide receivers played with Clemson within the last two years. Last year Jaron BrownJaron Brown
Wide Receiver (2008 - 2012)
#18 6-2, 205
Cheraw, SC

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and DeAndre HopkinsDeAndre Hopkins
Wide Receiver (2010 - 2012)
#6 6-2, 205
Central, SC

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were rookies in the NFL and this coming year Sammy Watkins and Martavis BryantMartavis Bryant
Wide Receiver (2011 - 2013)
#1 6-5, 200
Calhoun Falls, SC

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will be rookies. Hopkins and Watkins were both first-round draft choices. Clemson is the first school with a first round draft choice at wide receiver in consecutive years since 2006-07 when Ohio State did it.
•Twenty-three of the players listed below have played in an NFL game. That list is led by Chris Clemons with 72 games of experience, 48 as a starter. C.J. Spiller has played in 61 games, while Michael PalmerMichael Palmer
Tight End
# 6-4, 228
Lilburn, GA

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has the third most games played among active Tigers with 59. Four former Tigers have been on various regular season rosters, but have not gotten in a game. The eight who are considered rookies have not been through a regular season yet.
Barry RichardsonBarry Richardson
Offensive Tackle (2004 - 2007)
#79 6-7, 330
Mt. Pleasant, SC

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and Philip Merling both played in NFL games a year ago, but they are currently free agents who have not signed on with a team as of yet and thus are not included in the list.
•Three former Clemson players are coaches in the NFL Brentson BucknerBrentson Buckner
Defensive Tackle (1990 - 1993)
#89 6-3, 315
Columbus, GA

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is defensive line coach of the Arizona Cardinals, Jerome Henderson is defensive backs coach of the Dallas Cowboys and Nick EasonNick Eason
Defensive Line
# 6-3, 305
Lyons, GA

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is an assistant defensive line coach with the Tennessee Titans.
•Two other former Clemson players are in personnel staff positions with NFL teams. DeJuan Polk is Director of Pro Scouting for the Atlanta Falcons, while Jerry ButlerJerry Butler
Wide Receiver (1975 - 1978)
# 6-0, 180
Ware Shoals, SC

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is Director of Player Development for the Denver Broncos.
•Former Clemson soccer player Jamey Rootes is the president of the Houston Texans.

Former Clemson Players on NFL Roster
(Source NFL.com, May 30, 2014)
No	Name			Pos	Team			#Yrs	CU 	!GP-GS
83	Dwayne AllenDwayne Allen
Tight End (2008 - 2011)
#83 6-3, 255
Fayetteville, NC
View Full Profile		TE	Indianapolis Colts	2	2009-11	17-17
65	Thomas AustinThomas Austin
 Offensive Line
# 6-4, 310
Camden, SC
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 Offensive Line
# 6-4, 285
Camden, SC
View Full Profile		C	Indianapolis Colts	4	2006-09	8-1
91	DaQuan Bowers		DE	Tampa Bay Bucs		3	2008-10	39-8
3	Tajh BoydTajh Boyd
Quarterback (2009 - 2013)
#10 6-1, 225
Hampton, VA
View Full Profile		QB	New York Jets		R	2010-13
90	Andre BranchAndre Branch
Defensive End (2007 - 2011)
#40 6-5, 260
Richmond, VA
View Full Profile		DE	Jacksonville Jaguars	2	2008-11	29-3
26	Bashaud BreelandBashaud Breeland
 (2010 - 2013)
#17 6-0, 195
Allendale, SC
View Full Profile	CB	Washington Redskins	R	2011-13
13	Jaron Brown		WR	Arizona Cardinals	1	2009-12	16-0
93	Kourtnei BrownKourtnei Brown
Defensive End (2007 - 2011)
#90 6-6, 255
Charlotte, NC
View Full Profile		DE	Detroit Lions		2	2007-11	DNP
10	Martavis Bryant		WR	Pittsburgh Steelers	R	2011-13
20	Crezdon ButlerCrezdon Butler
 Defensive Back
# 6-0, 180
Asheville, NC
View Full Profile		CB	San Diego Chargers	3	2007-10	25-0
7	Chandler Catanzaro	PK	Arizona Cardinals	R	2010-13
20	Chris Clemons		SS	Houston Texans		5	2005-08	72-48
53	Kavell ConnerKavell Conner
 Linebacker
# 6-1, 240
Midlothian, VA
View Full Profile		LB	San Diego Chargers	4	2006-09	52-36
38	Andre EllingtonAndre Ellington
Running Back (2008 - 2012)
#23 5-10, 195
Moncks Corner, SC
View Full Profile		WR	Arizona Cardinals	1	2009-12	15-1
19	Jacoby FordJacoby Ford
Wide Receiver (2006 - 2009)
#6 5-9, 175
Royal Palm Beach, FL
View Full Profile		WR	New York Jets		4	2006-09	38-13
63	Dalton FreemanDalton Freeman
Center (2008 - 2012)
#55 6-5, 265
Pelion, SC
View Full Profile		C	New York Jets		1	2009-12	DNP
38	Marcus GilchristMarcus Gilchrist
Defensive Back (2007 - 2010)
#12 5-11, 190
High Point, NC
View Full Profile	DB	San Diego Chargers	3	2007-10	46-24
75	Chris Hairston		OL	Buffalo Bills		3	2007-10	25-15
93	Malliciah GoodmanMalliciah Goodman
Defensive End (2009 - 2012)
#97 6-4, 270
Florence, SC
View Full Profile	DE	Atlanta Falcons		1	2009-12	14-1
10	DeAndre Hopkins		WR	Houston Texans		1	2010-12	16-16
99	Jarvis JenkinsJarvis Jenkins
Sr. Defensive Tackle
#99 6-4, 315
Clemson, SC
View Full Profile		DT	Washington Redskins	3	2007-10	28-19
41	Byron MaxwellByron Maxwell
Defensive Back (2006 - 2010)
#36 6-1, 205
North Charleston, SC
View Full Profile		CB	Seattle Seahawks	3	2007-10	34-5
73	Antoine McClain		OL	Buffalo Bills		2	2008-11	DNP
36	Jonathan Meeks		S	Buffalo Bills		1	2009-12	8-0
82	Michael Palmer		TE	Pittsburgh Steelers	4	2006-09	59-5
41	Darius Robinson		CB	Buffalo Bills		R	2010-13
91	Ricky SappRicky Sapp
 Defensive Line
# 6-4, 240
Bamberg, SC
View Full Profile		LB	Houston Texans		4	2006-09	14-0
24	Coty SensabaughCoty Sensabaugh
Cornerback (2007 - 2011)
#15 6-0, 185
Kingsport, TN
View Full Profile		CB	Tennessee Titans	2	2008-11	30-6
69	Tyler ShatleyTyler Shatley
Offensive Guard (2009 - 2013)
#62 6-3, 295
Icard, NC
View Full Profile		OG	Jacksonville Jags	R	2010-13
28	C.J. Spiller		RB	Buffalo Bills		4	2006-09	61-31
60	Brandon ThomasBrandon Thomas
Offensive Line (2009 - 2013)
#63 6-3, 305
Spartanburg, SC
View Full Profile		OT	San Francisco 49ers	R	2010-13
98	Brandon ThompsonBrandon Thompson
Defensive Tackle (2008 - 2011)
#98 6-2, 310
Thomasville, GA
View Full Profile	DT	Cincinnati Bengals	2	2008-11	19-7
14	Sammy Watkins		WR	Buffalo Bills		R	2011-13
12	Charlie Whitehurst	QB	Tennessee Titans	8	2002-05	13-4
49	Jonathan WillardJonathan Willard
Linebacker (2008 - 2012)
#46 6-2, 225
Loris, SC
View Full Profile	LB	Tennessee Titans	1	2009-12	DNP

#Years denotes years completed on an NFL roster
!denotes career

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