Return to Michigan State Sports Alumni HomeMICHIGAN STATE FOOTBALL ALUMNI:
FROM SPARTAN STADIUM TO THE NFL

brought to you by Michael P. Kube-McDowell, MSU '76, author of The Trigger

Michigan State has had 31 players drafted in the first round by the NFL, trailing only Michigan and Ohio State among Big Ten schools. Seventeen Spartans were on NFL rosters for the 2002 season, including 21-year veteran Morten Andersen.

(More Spartan alumni coming soon!)

1936 SID WAGNER - guard, lettered 1933-35
  • first-round pick of the Detroit Lions in 1936
  • played 3 years (1936-38) for Lions
   
1937 GORDON DAHLGREN - guard, 1934-36 - eighth-round pick of the Green Bay Packers    
1939 JOHN PINGEL - halfback, 1936-38
  • first-round pick of the Detroit Lions in 1939
  • played one season (1939) for Lions
   
  OLE NELSON - end, 1936-38 - eighth-round pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates    
1941 STAN McRAE - tackle/end, 1938-39 - 15th-round pick of the Washington Redskins    
1942 TONY ARENA - center, 1939-41 - 13th-round pick of the Detroit Lions    
1943 JACK FENTON - halfback, 1940-42 - tenth-round pick of the Detroit Lions    
  DICK KIEPPE - halfback, 1940-42 - 15th-round pick of the Cleveland Browns    
1944 HUGH DAVIS - halfback, 1942 - 17th-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers    
  PAUL CARTER - tackle, 1939-1941 - 23rd-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers    
  HOWARD BEYER - center, 1942 - 24th-round pick of the New York Giants    
1945 FRANK BROGGER - end - eighth-round pick of the Washington Redskins    
  VINCE MROZ - end, 1942 - 22nd-round pick of the New York Giants    
1946 JACK BRESLIN - fullback, 1944-45 - fourth-round pick of the Boston Yanks    
1947 WALT VEZMAR - tackle, 1945
  • 13th-round pick of the Detroit Lions
  • played 2 years (1946-47) for Lions
   
  RUSS READER - halfback, 1945-46
  • 19th-round pick of the Chicago Bears in 1947
  • played for Chicago (1947) and Toronto (1949)
   
1948 KEN BALGE - tackle/end, 1942-46 - 16th-round pick of the Green Bay Packers    
  JIM ZITO - tackle, 1946-47 - 21st-round pick of the Boston Yanks in 1948    
  BOB McCURRY - center, 1946-48 - 30th-round pick of the Detroit Lions in 1948    
1949 WARREN HUEY - end, 1945-48
  • sixth-round pick of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1949
  • tenth-round pick (70th overall) of the Chicago Hornets in the 1949 AAFC draft
   
  GEORGE GUERRE - halfback, 1946-48
  • 17th-round pick (126th overall) of the Chicago Hornets in the 1949 AAFC draft
   
1950 LYNN CHANDOIS - halfback, 1946-49
  • first-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1950
  • played seven seasons for the Steelers (1950-56)
  • three-time Pro Bowl selection
  • 1952 NFL Player of the Year (Washington Touchdown Club)
   
  ED BAGDON - two-way guard, 1946-49
  • seventh-round pick of the Chicago Cardinals in 1950
  • Outland Award winner
  • played with the Cardinals (1950-51) and Washington Redskins (1952)
   
  GENE GLICK - halfback/quarterback, 1946-49 - 25th-round pick of the Detroit Lions in 1950    
  FRANK WATERS - halfback/fullback, 1946-49 - 25th-round pick of the Green Bay Packers in 1950    
  DON McAULIFFE - halfback, 1950-52 - 28th-round pick of the New York Giants in 1950    
1951 DORNE DIBBLE - end, 1949-50
  • third-round pick of the Detroit Lions in 1951
   
  EVERETT "SONNY" GRANDELIUS - halfback/fullback, 1948-50
  • third-round pick of the New York Giants in 1951
   
  HANK MINARIK - end, 1948-50
  • eighth-round pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1951
   
  JESSE THOMAS - halfback, 1948-50
  • 10th-round pick of the New York Yanks in 1951
   
  DEANE THOMAS - guard, 1950 - 23rd-round pick of the Los Angeles Rams in 1951    
  DICK KUH - tackle/guard, 1950-51 - 24th-round pick of the New York Giants in 1951    
1952 BOB CAREY - center/end, 1949-1951
  • first-round pick by Los Angeles in 1952
  • played four years for the Rams and the Bears
   
1956 EARL MORRALL - quarterback, 1954-55
  • first-round pick by San Francisco in 1956
  • played for 49ers (1956), Steelers (1957-58), Lions (1958-64), NY Giants (1965-67), Colts (1968-71), Dolphins (1972-76)
Earl Morrall, Dolphins  
1957 CLARENCE PEAKS - quarterback/halfback, 1954-56
  • first-round pick by Philadelphia in 1957
  • played for the Eagles (1957-1963) and Steelers (1964-65)
   
1958 WALT KOWALCZYK - halfback, 1955-57
  • first-round pick by Philadelphia in 1958
  • played for Eagles (1958-59), Cowboys (1960), and Raiders (1961)
   
  DAN CURRIE - center/guard, 1955-57
  • first-round pick by Green Bay in 1958
  • played seven seasons for the Packers (1958-64)
   
1961 HERB ADDERLY - halfback, 1958-60
  • first-round pick by Green Bay in 1961
  • cornerback and kick returner for Packers (1961-69) and Cowboys (1970-72)
  • five-time Pro Bowl selection
  • played in four Super Bowls
  • picked off 48 passes in his career, returning 7 for touchdowns
  • named to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1980
   
1963 DAVE BEHRMAN - tackle/center, 1960-62
  • first-round pick by Buffalo in 1963
  • played for Bills (1963-65) and Broncos (1967)
   
  ED BUDDE - offensive line, 1960-62
  • first-round pick by Kansas City, Chicago, and Philadelphia in 1963
  • played 14 seasons for the Chiefs (1963-76)
  • selected to Pro Bowl 1970 & 1971
  • named to all-time AFL team by Pro Football Hall of Fame
   
1964 PETER GENT - tight end, 1961-64
  • played for the Dallas Cowboys (1964-68)
  • wrote the roman a clef football novel North Dallas Forty
   
1965 JERRY RUSH - defensive end, 1962-64
  • first-round pick by Boston of the AFL
  • second-round pick by Detroit of the NFL
  • played seven seasons for Lions (1965-71)
 
  DICK GORDON - halfback
  • seventh-round pick of the Chicago Bears
   
  LOU BOBICH - kicker
  • seventh-round pick of Kansas City of the AFL
  • 19th-round pick of the NFL's Chicago Bears
   
1966 HAROLD LUCAS - tackle
  • selected in the second round of the NFL Draft by St. Louis
  • selected in the third round of the AFL Draft by Boston
   
  BUDDY OWENS - guard
  • selected in the 16th round of the AFL Draft by Boston
   
1967 CHARLES "BUBBA" SMITH - defensive end, 1964-66
  • first-round pick (1st overall) by Baltimore in 1967
  • played for Colts (1967-71), Raiders (1973-74), and Oilers (1975)
Bubba Smith, Baltimore Colts  
  CLINTON JONES - halfback, 1964-66
  • first-round pick (2nd overall) by Minnesota in 1967
  • played for the Vikings (1967-72) and Chargers (1973)
   
  GEORGE WEBSTER - linebacker, 1964-66
  • first-round pick (5th overall) by Houston in 1967
  • played for Oilers (1967-72), Steelers (1972-73), and Patriots (1974-76)
 
  EUGENE WASHINGTON - split end, 1964-66
  • first-round pick (8th overall) by Minnesota in 1967
  • played for Vikings (1967-72), Steelers (1972-73), Broncos (1973), and Patriots (1974-76)
Gene Washington, Broncos  
  JEFF RICHARDSON - defensive end
  • sixth-round selection (146th overall) of the New York Jets
   
  JAMES SUMMERS - defensive back
  • ninth-round pick (217th overall) of the Denver Broncos
   
  CHARLIE THORNHILL - defensive back
  • ninth-round pick (232nd overall) of the New England Patriots
   
  DICK KENNEY - kicker
  • 14th-round selection (358th overall) of the Philadelphia Eagles
   
1968 JESS PHILLIPS - defensive back
  • fourth-round selection (84th overall) of the Cincinnati Bengals
   
  DRAKE GARRETT - defensive back
  • fourth-round pick (102nd overall) of the Denver Broncos
   
  DWIGHT LEE - running back
  • fifth-round pick (125th overall) of the San Francisco 49ers
   
  JOE PRZBYCKI - offensive guard
  • seventh-round pick (178th overall) of the Philadelphia Eagles
   
  BOB APISA - running back
  • ninth-round selection (245th overall) of the Green Bay Packers
   
  JIMMY RAYE - quarterback
  • 16th-round pick (431st overall) of the Los Angeles Rams
   
1969 AL BRENNER - end/defensive back, 1966-68
  • seventh-round pick (170th overall) of the New York Giants in 1969
   
1970 RON SAUL - offensive guard/offensive tackle, 1967-69
  • fifth-round pick (110th overall) of the Houston Oilers in 1970
   
  CRAIG WYCINSKY - offensive tackle, 1968-69
  • seventh-round pick (177th overall) of the Cleveland Browns in 1970
   
  RICH SAUL - defensive end/linebacker, 1967-69
  • eighth-round pick (204th overall) of the Los Angeles Rams in 1970
   
  FRANK FOREMAN - split end, 1967-69
  • 12th-round pick (300th overall) of the Green Bay Packers in 1970
   
  DON HIGHSMITH - tailback, 1968-69
  • 13th-round pick (336th overall) of the Oakland Raiders in 1970
   
1971 HAROLD PHILIPS - defensive back, 1968-70
  • sixth-round pick (139th overall) of the Denver Broncos in 1971
   
  GORDON BOWDELL - split end, 1968-70
  • co-captain of the 1970 squad
  • seventh-round pick (182nd overall) of the Baltimore Colts in 1971
   
  TOM BEARD - center, 1969-70
  • eighth-round pick (187th overall) of the Denver Broncos in 1971
   
  GARY NOWAK - defensive end/offensive tackle, 1968-70
  • tenth-round pick (247th overall) of the San Diego Chargers in 1971
   
  CLIFF HARDY - defensive back, 1968-70
  • 11th-round pick (270th oveall) of the Chicago Bears in 1971
   
  BILL TRIPLETT - tailback/quarterback, 1968-70
  • 12th-round pick (312th overall) of the Baltimore Colts in 1971
   
  MIKE HOGAN - linebacker, 1968-70
  • 15th-round pick (390th overall) of the Baltimore Colts in 1971
   
  TOM KUTCHINSKI - wide receiver/defensive back, 1968-70
  • 16th-round pick (411th overall) of the Detroit Lions in 1971
   
  CALVIN FOX - defensive end/linebacker, 1968-70
  • 17th-round pick (421st overall) of the Houston Oilers in 1971
   
1972 ERIC ALLEN - halfback, 1969-71
  • co-captain of the 1971 squad
  • nicknamed "The Flea"
  • fourth-round pick (104th overall) of the Baltimore Colts in 1972
  • drafted as a wide receiver
   
  RON CURL - offensive tackle
  • 12th-round pick (#298 overall) of the Pittsburgh Steelers
   
1973 BILLY JOE DUPREE - tight end, 1970-72
  • first-round pick (20th overall) of Dallas in 1973
  • played whole career for Cowboys (1973-83)
 
  JOE DeLAMIELLURE - offensive guard, 1970-72
  • first-round pick (26th overall) of Buffalo in 1973
  • played for Bills (1973-79, 1985) and Browns (1980-84)
  • six-time Pro Bowl selection
  • elected to the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 2003
   
  BRAD VAN PELT - safety, 1970-72
  • second-round pick (40th overall) of the New York Giants in 1973
  • played for Giants (1973-83), L.A. Raiders (1984-86), and Cleveland Browns (1986) during 14-year pro career
 
  GAIL CLARK - linebacker, 1970-72
  • fourth-round pick (102nd overall) of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1973
   
  MARVIN ROBERTS - tight end/offensive tackle/placekicker, 1970-72
  • sixth-round pick (135th overall) of the San Diego Chargers in 1973
   
  BRIAN McCONNELL - tight end/offensive tackle/defensive end, 1970-72
  • seventh-round pick (162nd overall) of the Buffalo Bills in 1973
   
  DAN WERNER - quarterback, 1969, 1972
  • eighth-round pick (204th overall) of the Dallas Cowboys
   
  JIM NICHOLSON - offensive tackle, 1970, 1972
  • ninth-round pick (219th overall) of the Los Angeles Rams
   
  GARY VAN ELST - linebacker/defensive tackle, 1969, 1971-72
  • 11th-round pick (263rd overall) of the Philadelphia Eagles
   
  ROBERT MCCLOWRY - offensive tackle/center, 1970-72
  • 17th-round pick (437th overall) of the Cleveland Browns
   
1974 BILL SIMPSON - defensive back/punter, 1972-73
  • second-round pick (50th overall) of the Los Angeles Rams in 1974
  • played for the Rams (1974-78) and the Buffalo Bills (1980-82)
   
  RAYMOND NESTER - guard/linebacker, 1971-73
  • seventh-round pick (176th overall) of the Dallas Cowboys in 1974
   
  MIKE HOLT - cornerback/tailback, 1971-73
  • co-captain of the 1973 squad
  • eighth-round pick (205th overall) or the Dallas Cowboys in 1974
   
1975 TERRY McCLOWRY - linebacker, 1972-74
  • tenth-round pick (235th overall) of the New York Giants in 1975
   
  MIKE HURD - split end, 1971, 1973-74
  • 13th-round pick (336th overall) of the Minnesota Vikings
   
1976 GREG SCHAUM - defensive tackle, 1973-75
  • co-captain of the 1975 squad
  • seventh-round pick (186th overall) of the Dallas Cowboys in 1976
   
  GREG BREWTON - offensive tackle, 1974-75
  • 13th-round pick (369th overall) of the St. Louis Cardinals in 1976
   
1977 MIKE COBB - tight end, 1973-76
  • first-round pick (3rd overall) of Cincinnati in 1977
  • played for Bengals (1977), Bears (1978-81), and in the USFL (1983-84)
   
  TOM HANNON - defensive back, 1973-76
  • co-captain of the 1976 squad
  • third-round pick (83rd overall) of the Minnesota Vikings in 1977
   
1978 LARRY BETHEA - defensive end, 1974-77
  • first-round pick (28th overall) by Dallas in 1978
  • played for Cowboys (1978-83) and in the USFL (1984-85)
   
  AL PITTS - center, 1974-77
  • sixth-round pick (149th overall) of the Cleveland Browns in 1978
   
  JAMES EARLEY - running back, 1974-77
  • seventh-round pick (170th overall) of the New York Jets in 1978
   
1979 MEL LAND - defensive tackle/linebacker, 1975-78
  • co-captain of 1978 squad
  • third-round pick (63rd overall) of the Miami Dolphins in 1979
   
  KIRK GIBSON - flanker, 1975-78
  • seventh-round pick (173rd overall) of the St. Louis Cardinals
  • also drafted as a baseball player despite having played only one season as center-fielder for the Spartans, and opted to play baseball professionally (see Baseball list)
   
  TOM GRAVES - linebacker, 1974-78
  • eighth-round pick (220th overall) of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1979
   
  JEROME STANTON - defensive back, 1976-78
  • tenth-round pick (258th overall) of the Miami Dolphins in 1979
   
  JAMES A. HINESLY - offensive tackle, 1975-78
  • his father James Hinesly was an end for the Spartans in 1954-56
  • 11th-round pick (293rd overall) of the Seattle Seahawks in 1979
   
1980 ANGELO FIELDS - offensive tackle, 1976-79
  • second-round pick (38th overall) of the Houston Oilers in 1980
   
  MARK BRAMMER - tight end, 1976-79
  • third-round pick (67th overall) of the Buffalo Bills in 1980
  • played seven seasons for the Bills (1980-85) and Lions (1986)
   
  EUGENE BYRD - wide receiver, 1975-76, 1978-79
  • sixth-round pick (158th overall) of the Miami Dolphins in 1980
   
  LARRY SAVAGE - linebacker, 1976-79
  • eighth-round pick (216th overall) of the Dallas Cowboys in 1980
   
  TANYA WEBB - defensive tackle, 1978-79
  • tenth-round pick (262nd overall) of the New Orleans Saints in 1980
   
1981 RAY STACHOWICZ - punter, 1977-80
  • third-round pick (62nd overall) of the Green Bay Packers in 1981
   
  GEORGE LILJA - center
  • fourth-round pick (#104 overall) of the Los Angeles Rams
   
1982 JAMES BURROUGHS - defensive back, 1977-81
  • third-round pick (57th overall) of the Baltimore Colts in 1982
   
  MORTEN ANDERSON - kicker, 1978-81
  • first team All-American in 1981 (Sporting News, UPI, Walter Camp)
  • set school and Big Ten record with 63-yard field goal against Ohio State
  • fourth-round pick (86th overall) of the New Orleans Saints in 1982
  • played for Saints (1982-94) and Falcons (1995-present)
  • likely Hall of Famer is currently second all-time for field goals and third in points scored
  • hit 25/31 field goals and 23/23 PATs for the Falcons in 2000
    NFL Player Profile
Morten Andersen, Saints  
  TOM MORRIS - free safety, 1980-81
  • seventh-round pick (185th overall) of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1982
   
  JEFF WISKA - offensive guard, 1979-81
  • seventh-round pick (186th overall) of the New York Giants in 1982
   
  BRYAN CLARK - quarterback, 1978-81
  • ninth-round pick (251st overall) of the San Francisco 49ers in 1982
   
1983 STEVE MAIDLOW - linebacker
  • fourth-round pick (109th overall) of the Cincinnati Bengals
  • played for the Bengals (1983-84)
   
  SMILEY CRESWELL - defensive end
  • fifth-round pick (118th overall) of the New England Patriots
   
  OTIS GRANT - wide receiver
  • fifth-round pick (#134 overall) of the Los Angeles Rams
   
  HOWARD McADOO - linebacker
  • eleventh-round pick (#305 overall) of the Cleveland Browns
   
1984 CARL BANKS - outside linebacker, 1980-83
  • three-time first team All-Big Ten selection
  • named team MVP in 1982 and linebacker of the year by Columbus Touchdown Club
  • first team All-American (AP, UPI, Sporting News) in 1983
  • first-round pick (3rd overall) by New York Giants in 1984
  • played for Giants (1984-92), Redskins (1993), and Browns/Ravens (1994-95)
Carl Banks, New York Giants  
  DARYL TURNER - wide receiver, 1980-83
  • second-round pick (49th overall) of Seattle in 1984
  • played five seasons for the Seahawks (1984-88)
   
  SCOTT AUER - tight end/tackle, 1980-83
  • ninth-round pick (229th overall) of Kansas City in 1984
  • played two seasons for the Chiefs (1984-85)
   
1985 RALF MOJSIEJENKO - kicker, 1981-1984
  • fourth-round pick (#96 overall) of the San Diego Chargers in 1985
  • logged six NFL seasons with the Chargers (1985-88) and Washington Redskins (1989-90)
Ralf Mojsiejenko, Redskins  
  MARK NAPOLITAN - center, 1983-84
  • fifth-round pick (123rd overall) of the Seattle Seahawks in 1985
  • played for Seattle (1985), Buffalo (1986), and Toronto of the CFL (1986-87)
   
  TERRY LEWIS - cornerback, 1981-84
  • sixth-round pick (150th overall) of San Diego in 1985
  • played with the Chargers in 1985
   
  JIM MORRISSEY - tight end/inside linebacker, 1981-84
  • 11th-round pick (302nd overall) of Chicago in 1985
  • played nine seasons with the Bears (1985-93)
   
  LONNIE YOUNG - cornerback, 1981-84
  • 12th-round pick (325th overall) of St. Louis in 1985
  • played for the Cardinals (1985-91), New York Jets (1991-93, 1996) and San Diego Charges (1994-95)
   
1986 ANTHONY BELL - linebacker, 1982-85
  • first-round pick (5th overall) by St. Louis in 1986
  • played for Cardinals (1986-91), Lions (1991), LA Raiders (1992-93)
 
  STEVE BOGDALEK - defensive tackle/offensive tackle, 1983-85
  • 11th-round pick (288th overall) of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1986
   
1987 MARK INGRAM - flanker, 1983-86
  • first-round pick (28th overall) by New York Giants in 1987
  • played for Giants (1987-92), Dolphins (1993-94), Green Bay Packers (1995), and Eagles (1996)
  • had 5 catches for 74 yards in the Giants' Super Bowl victory over Buffalo in 1991
  • was arrested in Broward County in September 1999 after falling $200,000 behind on child support payments
  • was arrested in Miami in January 2001 on a charge of grand theft auto; police also found $3029 in counterfeit bills and the checkbook of Hall of Famer Lawrence Taylor in the Ford Expedition that Ingram was driving
Mark Ingram, Green Bay Packers  
  BOBBY MORSE - running back, 1983-86
  • 12th-round pick (316th overall) of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1987
  • played three NFL seasons with the Eagles (1987) and New Orleans Saints (1989-90)
   
1988 LORENZO WHITE - running back, 1984-87
  • consensus first team All-American (AP, UPI, FWA, WC, AFC, SN) as a sophomore
  • gained 2,006 yards in 1985, best in school and conference history, and fourth best in the history of college football
  • after a subpar junior season, was again a consensus first team All-American as a senior
  • left MSU as the school's all-time leading rusher (and #2 in the Big Ten) with 4,887 yards
  • first-round pick (22nd overall) by Houston in 1988
  • played for Oilers (1988-94) and Browns/Ravens (1995)
Lorenzo White, Houston Oilers  
  GREG MONTGOMERY - punter, 1985-87
  • averaged 47.8 yards per punt in 1986, still tops in MSU history
  • his 49.7 yards per punt in conference games that year still holds the Big Ten season mark
  • career punting average of 45.2 yards is MSU's all-time best and #2 mark for the Big Ten
  • first team All-American in 1986 (Football Writers Association) and 1987 (Football News, Gannett, Mizlou)
  • third-round pick of the Houston Oilers in 1988
  • played for Oilers (1988-93), Lions (1994), and Baltimore Ravens (1996-97)
Greg Montgomery, Oilers  
  DAVID HOULE - guard, 1985-87
  • sixth-round pick (145th overall) of the New York Giants in 1988
   
  TIM MOORE - outside linebacker, 1984-87
  • eighth-round pick (206th overall) of the Phoenix Cardinals in 1988
  • played with Sacramento of the WLAF in 1991
   
  MARK NICHOLS - defensive tackle, 1985-87
  • eighth-round pick (209th overall) of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1988
   
1989 ANDRE RISON - wide receiver, 1985-1988
  • finished career as Spartan all-time leader in receptions (137) and yardage (2,740)
  • first team All-American (Gannett) in 1988
  • first-round pick (22nd overall) by Indianapolis in 1989
  • much-traveled deep threat played for Colts (1989), Falcons (1990-94), Browns (1995), Jacksonville Jaguars (1996), Packers (1996), and Kansas City Chiefs (1997-99)
  • had 41 catches in 16 games for the Raiders in 2000
    NFL Player Profile
Andre Rison, Green Bay Packers  
  TONY MANDARICH - offensive tackle, 1985-88
  • named first team All-American in 1987 by Football News
  • consensus first team All-American in 1988 (named to nine All-American teams)
  • first-round pick (2nd overall) by Green Bay in 1989
  • tremendously strong run blocker, but struggled to adjust to the pro passing game
  • played for Packers (1989-92) and Indianapolis Colts (1996-98)
Tony Mandarich, Packers  
  KEVIN ROBBINS - tackle, 1987-88
  • third-round pick (75th overall) of the Los Angeles Rams in 1989
  • played for Cleveland in 1989
   
  KURT LARSON - linebacker, 1985-88
  • eighth-round pick (212th overall) of the Indianapolis Colts in 1989
  • played three NFL seasons for the Colts (1989-90) and Green Bay Packers (1991)
   
1990 PERCY SNOW - linebacker, 1986-89
  • First-Team All-American, Lombardi Award winner, Butkus Award winner
  • first-round pick (13th overall) by Kansas City in 1990
  • played with Chiefs (1990-92) and Bears (1993-94)
Percy Snow, Chiefs  
  TRAVIS DAVIS - defensive tackle, 1986-89
  • fourth-round pick (85th overall) of the Phoenix Cardinals in 1990
  • played with New Orleans (1990) and Indianapolis (1991-92)
   
  HARLON BARNETT - safety, 1986-89
  • fourth-round pick (101st overall) of the Cleveland Browns in 1990
  • played for Cleveland Browns (1990-92), Patriots (1993-94), and Vikings (1995-96)
   
  BOB KULA - tackle, 1986-89
  • 1989 team co-captain
  • seventh-round pick (175th overall) of the Seattle Seahawks in 1990
   
  JAMES SZYMANSKI - defensive end, 1986-87, 1989
  • tenth-round pick (259th overall) of the Denver Broncos in 1990
  • played two seasons with the Broncos (1990-91)
 
  VENTSON DONELSON - defensive back, 1987-89
  • 12th-round pick (309th overall) of the New England Patriots in 1990
  • played with the Saskatchewan Roughriders of the CFL (1991-95, 1999)
   
  BLAKE EZOR - running back, 1986-89
  • played for Denver Broncos (1990-91) and Las Vegas of the CFL (1994)
   
  MATT VANDERBEEK - linebacker, 1986-89
  • played for Indianapolis Colts (1990-92), Cowboys (1993-94), and Redskins (1995-96)
   
  DUANE YOUNG - tight end, 1987-90
  • played for San Diego Chargers (1991-95)
   
1991 BOBBY WILSON - defensive tackle, 1989-90
  • first-round pick (17th overall) of the Washington Redskins in 1991
  • played eight seasons for the Redskins (1991-98)
   
  DIXON EDWARDS - linebacker, 1987-90
  • second-round pick (37th overall) of the Dallas Cowboys in 1991
  • played for Cowboys (1991-95), Vikings (1996-98), and Dolphins (1999-2000)
    NFL Career Stats
Dixon Edwards, Vikings  
  ERIC MOTEN - offensive tackle, 1987-90
  • second-round pick (47th overall) of the San Diego Chargers
  • played six seasons for the Chargers (1991-96)
Eric Moten, Chargers  
  CARLOS JENKINS - linebacker, 1987-90
  • third-round pick (65th overall) of the Minnesota Vikings in 1991
  • played for Vikings (1991-94) and St. Louis Rams (1995-96)
   
  JAMES BRADLEY - wide receiver, 1989-90
  • seventh-round pick (181st overall) of the Indianapolis Colts in 1991
   
  HYLAND HICKSON - running back, 1988-90
  • tenth-round pick (265th overall) of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1991
   
1992 COURTNEY HAWKINS - wide receiver, 1988-91
  • second-round pick (44th overall) of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1992
  • played for Tampa Bay Buccaneers (1992-96)
  • playing for Pittsburgh Steelers (1997-00), with 19 catches for 238 yards in 13 games (5 starts) in 2000
    NFL Career Stats
    NFL Player Profile
Courtney Hawkins, Pittsburgh Steelers  
  BILL JOHNSON - defensive end, 1988-91
  • third-round pick (65th overall) of the Cleveland Browns in 1992
  • played for Browns (1992-94), Steelers (1995-96) and Rams (1997)
  • the starting right defensive tackle of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1998, he was sidelined by injury in 1999
    NFL Player Profile
   
  ALAN HALLER - defensive back, 1988-91
  • fifth-round pick (123rd overall) of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1992
  • played with the Steelers in 1992-93
   
  JIM JOHNSON - tackle, 1988-91
  • seventh-round pick (181st overall) of the Denver Broncos in 1992
   
  CHUCK BULLOUGH - linebacker, 1988-91
  • son of Hank Bullough (1955-58)
  • eighth-round pick (214th overall) of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1992
  • toughed his way onto squads in Philadelphia (1992), Miami (1993-95), and Indianapolis (1996)
   
  JOHN MacNEILL - defensive end, 1990-91
  • 12th-round pick (320th overall) of the Seattle Seahawks in 1992
   
1993 MITCH LYONS - tight end, 1989-92
  • sixth-round pick (151st overall) of the Atlanta Falcons in 1993
  • played for Atlanta Falcons (1993-96) and Pittsburgh Steelers (1997-99)
    NFL Career Stats
   
  TY HALLOCK - linebacker, 1989-1992
  • seventh-round pick (174th overall) of the Detroit Lions in 1993
  • played for the Lions (1993-95) and Jacksonville (1996-97)
  • last with the Chicago Bears (1998-2000)
 
1994 ROB FREDRICKSON - linebacker, 1990-93
  • first-round pick (22nd overall) of the Los Angeles Raiders in 1994
  • played for Raiders (1994-97) and Detroit (1998)
  • All-Rookie Team in 1994
  • signed as an unrestricted free agent by the Arizona Cardinals in 1999, and played in 13 games (12 starts) for the Cardinals in 2000, recording 99 tackles
    NFL Player Profile
Rob Frederickson, Raiders  
  MYRON BELL - defensive back, 1990-93
  • fifth-round pick (140th overall) of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1994
  • played strong safety and free safety for the Steelers (1994-1997)
  • currently with the Cincinnati Bengals (1998-present), saw limited action for the Bengals in 2000
    NFL Career Stats
    NFL Player Profile
   
  JIM MILLER - quarterback, 1990-93
  • sixth-round selection (178th overall) of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1994
  • played for Pittsburgh (1994-97), but struggled to find a place in short stints with Jaguars, Falcons and Lions during '97 and '98
  • signed with Chicago Bears in 1999, and played in 4 games (2 starts) for the Bears in 2000
    NFL Player Profile
Jim Miller, Bears  
  BRICE ABRAMS - running back, 1990-93
  • seventh-round pick (209th overall) of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 1994
   
1995 BRIAN DeMARCO - offensive line, 1991-94
  • second-round pick (40th overall) of the Jacksonville Jaguars in 1995
  • won a starting job as a rookie; played for Jaguars (1995-1998), now with the Cincinnati Bengals (1999-00)
    NFL Player Profile
   
  SHANE HANNAH - offensive line, 1991-94
  • second-round pick (63rd overall) of the Dallas Cowboys in 1995; played for Cowboys (1995)
   
1996 TONY BANKS - quarterback, 1994-95
  • second-round pick (42nd overall) of the St. Louis Rams in 1996
  • won a starting job as a rookie and was named to several all-rookie teams
  • has played for Rams (1996-1998) and Baltimore Ravens (1999-00)
  • played in 11 games (8 starts) for the Super Bowl-bound Ravens in 2000, but lost starting job to Trent Dilfer
    NFL Player Profile
Tony Banks, St. Louis Rams  
  MUHSIN MUHAMMAD - wide receiver, 1992-95
  • second-round pick (43rd overall) of the Carolina Panthers in 1996
  • currently playing for Panthers (1996-present), starting all 16 games in 2000 and grabbing 102 catches for 1183 yards
    NFL Player Profile
Muhsin Muhammad, Panthers  
  SCOTT GREENE - fullback, 1992-95
  • sixth-round pick (193rd overall) of the Carolina Panthers in 1996
  • played for Panthers (1996-98) and Colts (1999-00)
    NFL Career Highlights
Scott Greene, Panthers  
1997 DERRICK MASON - wide receiver, 1993-96
  • fourth-round pick (98th overall) of the Houston Oilers in 1997
  • has become one of the league's leading return specialists
  • played in 16 games (10 starts) as a wide receiver for the Titans in 2000
    NFL Player Profile
Derrick Mason, Tennessee Oilers  
  NIGEA CARTER - wide receiver, 1993-96
  • sixth-round pick (197th overall) of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1997
   
1998 FLOZELL ADAMS - offensive tackle, 1994-97
  • second-round pick (38th overall) of the Dallas Cowboys in 1998
  • won a starting slot midway through his rookie season, and started all 16 games at left tackle for the Cowboys in 2000
    NFL Player Profile
   
  IKE REESE - linebacker, 1994-97
  • fifth-round pick (142nd overall) of the Philadelphia Eagles in 1998
  • won a spot on the Eagles roster on special teams and as a reserve linebacker, and played in all 16 games in 2000
    NFL Player Profile
   
  SCOTT SHAW - offensive guard, 1995-97
  • fifth-round pick (143rd overall) of the Miami Dolphins in 1998
  • cut by Dolphins, played for Cincinnati Bengals in 1998
   
1999 DIMITRIUS UNDERWOOD - defensive end, 1995-98
  • first-round pick (29th overall) of the Minnesota Vikings in 1999
  • troubled giant walked away from a $29 million contract after one day of training camp
  • signed by Dallas Cowboys, and played in 15 games for the Cowboys in 2000, recording 17 tackles and 4 sacks
    NFL Player Profile
   
  COURTNEY LEDYARD - linebacker, 1995-98
  • signed as a free agent by the New York Jets
   
  ROBERT NEWKIRK - defensive tackle, 1995-98
  • signed as a free agent by the Dallas Cowboys
  • saw limited action in 5 games for the New Orleans Saints in 1999, and 4 for the Chicago Bears in 2000
    NFL Player Profile
   
  SORIE KANU - defensive back, 1995-98    
  LEMAR MARSHALL - defensive back, 1995-98    
  SEDRICK IRVIN - running back, 1996-98
  • fourth-round pick (103rd overall) of the Detroit Lions in 1999
  • saw limited action in 6 games for the Lions in 2000
    NFL Player Profile
   
2000 PLAXICO BURRESS - wide receiver, 1998-99
  • first-round pick (8th overall) of the Pittsburgh Steelers in 2000
  • started 9 games for the Steelers in 2000, catching 22 passes for 273 yards
    NFL Player Profile
 
  JULIAN PETERSON - linebacker, 1998-99
  • first-round pick (16th overall) of the San Francisco 49ers in 2000
  • started 8 games for the 49ers in 2000, logging 46 tackles and 2 interceptions
    NFL Player Profile
   
  GARI SCOTT - wide receiver, 1996-99
  • fourth-round pick (99th overall) of the Philadelphia Eagles in 2000
  • made the Eagles roster as third-team punt returner, but did not see action
    NFL Player Profile
   
  GREG ROBINSON-RANDALL - offensive tackle, 1998-99
  • fourth-round pick (127th overall) of the New England Patriots in 2000
  • played in 12 games (including 4 as a starter) for the Patriots in 2000
    NFL Player Profile
   
  ARIC MORRIS - safety, 1996-99
  • fifth-round pick (135th overall) of the Tennessee Titans in 2000
  • played in 15 games for the Titans in 2000, logging 12 tackles and 1 fumble recovery
    NFL Player Profile
   
  PAUL EDINGER - kicker, 1996-99
  • sixth round pick (174th overall) of the Chicago Bears in 2000
  • saw action in 16 games for the Bears, hitting 21 of 27 field goal attempts and 21 of 21 PATs
    NFL Player Profile
   
  ROBAIRE SMITH - defensive end, 1997-99
  • sixth round pick (197th overall) of the Tennessee Titans in 2000
  • saw limited action in 7 games for the Titans in 2000, recording 7 tackles and 2.5 sacks
    NFL Player Profile
   
  BILL BURKE - quarterback, 1996-99
  • signed as a free agent by the New York Giants in 2000
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  AMP CAMPBELL - defensive back, 1996-99
  • made near-miraculous recovery from broken neck to inspire Spartan defense in 1999
  • signed as a free agent by the New Orleans Saints in 2000
   
  LLOYD CLEMONS - running back, 1998-99
  • signed as a free agent by the Baltimore Ravens in 2000
   
  CASEY JENSEN - guard/center, 1996-99
  • signed as a free agent by the Detroit Lions in 2000
   
2001 RENALDO HILL - cornerback
  • selected in the 7th round (#202 overall) by the Arizona Cardinals
  • through the 2002 season, Hill has logged 28 games (8 starts), with 2 interceptions and 1.5 sacks
   
  SITUPE PEKO - center
  • selected in the seventh round (#217 overall) by the NewYork Jets, but did not make the team
  • allocated to the NFL Europe League by the Seattle Seahawks, who signed Situpe to their practice squad 10/16/2001 and moved him to guard
   
  T. J. TURNER - linebacker
  • selected in the seventh round (#239 overall) by the New England Patriots
   
2002 T. J. DUCKETT - running back
  • passed up his senior year to enter the NFL Draft
  • first-round pick (#18 overall) of the Atlanta Falcons
  • played in 12 games for the Falcons in 2002, rushing for 507 yards (4 TDs) and catching 9 passes
   
  CHRIS BAKER - tight end
  • selected by the New York Jets in the third round (#88 overall)
  • Chris took the field for 12 games in 2002, including one start
   
  HERB HAYGOOD - wide receiver/return specialist
  • first-team All-American (Walter Camp, CNN/SI) as a kickoff returner
  • All-Big Ten Honorable Mention as a receiver
  • fifth-round pick (#144 overall) of the Denver Broncos
  • waived in the final cut, but signed to the practice squad and later raised to the active roster; saw action in four games in 2002
   
  JOSH SHAW - defensive tackle
  • selected by the San Francisco 49ers in the fifth round (#172 overall)
  • played in three games for the 49ers in 2002, recording one sack
   
  CRAIG JARRETT - punter
  • selected by the Seattle Seahawks in the sixth round (#194 overall)
  • signed by the Washington Redskins as a free agent, and punted 20 times (38.6 avg) in 4 games
   
2003 The 2003 NFL Draft will be held April 26-27. Junior wide receiver Charles Rogers has declared himself eligible, and is considered by most experts to be a first-round lock and a possible top 5 pick. The Detroit Lions, who pick second, are among the teams reportedly interested in Rogers.    

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