Kansas State had 13 former players on active rosters and one on injured reserve as NFL teams were mandated to trim their rosters to 53 players for the upcoming season this past weekend.
Of the 14 players, eight are on offense and six are on defense.
The longest-tenured former Wildcats include cornerback Terence Newman, running back Darren Sproles and offensive lineman Jeromey Clary.
Newman, who is in his 11th season, is in his second year with the Cincinnati Bengals after spending his first nine years with the Dallas Cowboys. Sproles enters his ninth NFL season, including his third with the New Orleans Saints. He spent his first six seasons in San Diego, the organization that selected Clary in the sixth round of the 2006 NFL Draft. Since then, Clary has played in 88 games and totaled 78 starts.
Three players off last year’s Big 12 championship squad made NFL rosters including second-round pick Arthur Brown, fourth-round pick Chris Harper and undrafted rookie free agent Justin Tuggle. Brown’s selection by the defending Super Bowl champion Baltimore Ravens extended K-State’s streak of having at least one player taken in the NFL Draft to 20 years, a streak that is the second-longest among Big 12 schools.
Harper was drafted by Seattle and then signed to its practice squad following the final cut down, but San Francisco signed Harper to its active roster, inking the Wichita product to a three-year deal.
Tuggle, a former junior college quarterback turned linebacker at K-State, made the Houston Texans’ 53-man roster, marking the second straight year a Wildcat made an active roster as an undrafted player, joining Tysyn Hartman, who played in Kansas City last season. He was released over the weekend.
More K-State players could make NFL rosters as teams fill out their practice squad in the coming days.
The 2013 season kicks off on Thursday. while a full slate a games are scheduled for Sunday.