NFL Tigers shine in Week 1


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Nuk Hopkins catches a TD pass Sunday against the Chiefs (Photo by Kevin Jairaj)
Nuk Hopkins catches a TD pass Sunday against the Chiefs (Photo by Kevin Jairaj)

The Clemson football program has recruited better in recent years, and the results are not only showing on the field on fall Saturday afternoons. The results are showing up on Sunday as well.

Twenty former Tigers saw action on the opening weeking of the NFL season, and four of those scored touchdowns. In all, 35 former Clemson players are on an NFL roster, listed as inactive, injured or on practice squads.

Dwayne AllenDwayne Allen
Tight End (2008 - 2011)
#83 6-3, 255
Fayetteville, NC

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, TE, Indianapolis: Three catches for 17 yards, one touchdown against Buffalo.
Stephone AnthonyStephone Anthony
Linebacker (2011 - 2014)
#42 6-3, 245
Polkton, NC

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, LB, New Orleans: Four tackles, one tackle for loss against Arizona.
Tavaris BarnesTavaris Barnes
Defensive End (2010 - 2014)
#9 6-3, 275
Jacksonville, FL

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, DE, New Orleans: Played 14 plays against Arizona.
Isaiah BattleIsaiah Battle
Offensive Tackle (2012 - 2014)
#79 6-7, 290
Brooklyn, NY

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, St. Louis: Practice squad.
Vic BeasleyVic Beasley
Defensive End (2010 - 2014)
#3 6-2, 236
Adairsville, GA

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, DE, Atlanta: Three tackles, one quarterback hit and one pass defensed against Philadelphia.
Andre BranchAndre Branch
Defensive End (2007 - 2011)
#40 6-5, 260
Richmond, VA

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, DE, Jacksonville: Inactive.
Bashaud BreelandBashaud Breeland
(2010 - 2013)
#17 6-0, 195
Allendale, SC

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, DB, Washington: Reserve/suspended by Commissioner.
Jaron BrownJaron Brown
Wide Receiver (2008 - 2012)
#18 6-2, 205
Cheraw, SC

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, WR, Arizona: One catch for 8 yards against New Orleans.
Kourtnei BrownKourtnei Brown
Defensive End (2007 - 2011)
#90 6-6, 255
Charlotte, NC

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, LB, Tampa Bay: Inactive.
Martavis BryantMartavis Bryant
Wide Receiver (2011 - 2013)
#1 6-5, 200
Calhoun Falls, SC

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, WR, Pittsburgh: Reserve/suspended by Commissioner.
Chandler CatanzaroChandler Catanzaro
Punter / Kicker (2009 - 2013)
#39 6-3, 200
Greenville, SC

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, PK, Arizona: One field goal, four extra points against New Orleans.
Chris ClemonsChris Clemons
Free Safety
# 6-1, 215
DeSoto, FL

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, S, Arizona: Played five plays on defense, 15 plays on special teams against New Orleans.
Kavell ConnerKavell Conner
Linebacker
# 6-1, 240
Midlothian, VA

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, LB, San Diego: Played 20 plays on special teams against Detroit.
Corey CrawfordCorey Crawford
Defensive End (2011 - 2014)
#93 6-5, 275
Columbus, GA

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, Washington: Practice squad.
Andre EllingtonAndre Ellington
Running Back (2008 - 2012)
#23 5-10, 195
Moncks Corner, SC

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, RB, Arizona: Twelve carries for 69 yards, one touchdown; one catch for 7 yards against New Orleans, suffered a knee injury.
Marcus GilchristMarcus Gilchrist
Defensive Back (2007 - 2010)
#12 5-11, 190
High Point, NC

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, SS, New York Jets: Six tackles against Cleveland.
Malliciah GoodmanMalliciah Goodman
Defensive End (2009 - 2012)
#97 6-4, 270
Florence, SC

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, DE, Atlanta: Two tackles, one quarterback hit against Philadelphia.
Chris HairstonChris Hairston
Offensive Line (2006 - 2010)
#61 6-7, 325
Winston-Salem, NC

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, T, San Diego: Played 25 plays against Detroit.
DeAndre HopkinsDeAndre Hopkins
Wide Receiver (2010 - 2012)
#6 6-2, 205
Central, SC

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, WR, Houston: Nine catches for 98 yards, two touchdowns against Kansas City.
Adam HumphriesAdam Humphries
Wide Receiver (2011 - 2014)
#13 5-11, 193
Spartanburg, SC

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, WR, Tampa Bay: Two catches for 14 yards against Tennessee.
Grady JarrettGrady Jarrett
Defensive Tackle (2011 - 2014)
#50 6-0, 290
Conyers, GA

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, DT, Atlanta: One tackle, one quarterback hit against Philadelphia.
Jarvis JenkinsJarvis Jenkins
Sr. Defensive Tackle
#99 6-4, 315
Clemson, SC

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, DE, Chicago: One tackle against Green Bay.
Byron MaxwellByron Maxwell
Defensive Back (2006 - 2010)
#36 6-1, 205
North Charleston, SC

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, CB, Philadelphia: Nine tackles, one pass defensed against Atlanta.
Antoine McClainAntoine McClain
Offensive Guard (2008 - 2011)
#74 6-6, 335
Anniston, AL

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, T, Arizona: Practice squad.
Jonathan MeeksJonathan Meeks
Safety (2009 - 2012)
#5 6-1, 210
Rock Hill, SC

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, Buffalo: Practice squad.
Bradley PinionBradley Pinion
Punter (2012 - 2014)
#92 6-6, 230
Concord, NC

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, P, San Francisco: Three punts, 46.7-yard average against Minnesota.
Coty SensabaughCoty Sensabaugh
Cornerback (2007 - 2011)
#15 6-0, 185
Kingsport, TN

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, CB, Tennessee: One interception returned for touchdown against Tampa Bay.
Tyler ShatleyTyler Shatley
Offensive Guard (2009 - 2013)
#62 6-3, 295
Icard, NC

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, G, Jacksonville: Did not play.
C.J. SpillerC.J. Spiller
Pro Running Back
#28 5-11, 195
Lake Butler, FL

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, RB, New Orleans: Inactive
Tony StewardTony Steward
Linebacker (2011 - 2014)
#7 6-, 235
Hastings, FL

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, LB, Buffalo: Inactive.
Brandon ThomasBrandon Thomas
Offensive Line (2009 - 2013)
#63 6-3, 305
Spartanburg, SC

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, T, San Francisco: Inactive.
Brandon ThompsonBrandon Thompson
Defensive Tackle (2008 - 2011)
#98 6-2, 310
Thomasville, GA

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, DT, Cincinnati: Inactive.
Sammy WatkinsSammy Watkins
Wide Receiver (2011 - 2013)
#2 6-1, 205
Fort Myers, FL

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, WR, Buffalo: Played 50 plays against Indianapolis.
Charlie WhitehurstCharlie Whitehurst
Quarterback (2002 - 2005)
#6 6-4, 225
Duluth, GA

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, QB, Tennessee: Did not play against Tampa Bay.
DeShawn WilliamsDeShawn Williams
Defensive Tackle (2011 - 2014)
#99 6-1, 295
Central, SC

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, Cincinnati: Practice squad.

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