16 former K-Staters dot NFL rosters


Three rookies and another trio of veterans entering at least their eighth year of service highlight the 16 former K-State football players on NFL rosters.  Bryce Brown played in only three games for K-State last season, but kept the Cats’ NFL draft streak alive.  The running back taken in the 7th round made the Philadelphia Eagles.  Safety Tysyn Hartman is on the 53-man roster of the Kansas City Chiefs, and linebacker Emmanuel Lamur was cut, but named to the Cincinnati Bengals’ practice squad.  Former walk-on William Powell only briefly was a member of the Arizona Cardinals’ practice squad last season.  This summer, Powell led the NFL in rushing during the preseason, and survived final cuts with the Cardinals.

Former all-American Terence Newman is the longest tenured Wildcat in the NFL at ten years, but will be in his first season with the Cincinnati Bengals.  Ryan Lilja will start at guard for the Chiefs for the third straight year, and is in his ninth season overall.  Plus, Darren Sproles will be with the New Orleans Saints for the second straight season, and eighth year overall in the league.


Wildcats in the NFL – As of Sept. 3


Name                                      Organization                    Pos.           NFL Exp.

Brandon Banks                        Washington                       WR            3

Bryce Brown                           Philadelphia                      RB              R

Jeromey Clary                         San Diego                          OL              6

Zac Diles                                 Tennessee                         LB              5

Josh Freeman                          Tampa Bay                        QB             4

Tysyn Hartman                        Kansas City                        S                R

Rob Jackson                             Washington                       LB              4

Emmanuel Lamur                   Cincinnati                          LB              R*

Ryan Lilja                                Kansas City                        OL              9

Jeron Mastrud                         Miami                               TE              3

Jordy Nelson                            Green Bay                         WR            5

Terence Newman                   Cincinnati                          CB              10

William Powell                        Arizona                              RB              1

Darren Sproles                        New Orleans                     RB              8

Daniel Thomas                        Miami                               RB              2

Reggie Walker                        Arizona                              LB              4


* Denotes practice squad


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