This is a new feature in which I will track the progress of former Wildcats greats such as Darren Sproles and Jordy Nelson in the ranks of professional football.
For now, I shall restrict it to National Football League performances until I get the hang of it, but expanding it to other professional leagues such as the Canadian Football League and Arena Football is a future possibility.
LB — Baltimore Ravens
K-Stater from 2010 to 2012
Drafted by the Ravens in 2013
A second-round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft, Brown was inactive for the Ravens' 20-13 loss Sunday at Indianapolis, a defeat that dropped Baltimore to 3-2.
In 14 games last season, Brown made 15 tackles, including half a sack.
RB — Buffalo Bills
K-Stater from 2010 to 2011
Drafted by the Eagles in 2012
Brown, a seventh-round pick in 2012 by Philadelphia who was traded to Buffalo in the offseason, was inactive for the Bills' 17-14 last-second victory Sunday at Detroit. The Bills improved to 3-2 with the win.
OL — San Diego Chargers
K-Stater from 2002 to 2005
Drafted by the Chargers in 2006
An eighth-year offensive lineman for San Diego, Clary remains on the Chargers' list of those physically unable to perform.
Clary, who has played in 103 career regular-season games, saw the Chargers topple the New York Jets 31-0 on Sunday to improve to 4-1.
LB — Cincinnati Bengals
K-Stater from 2009 to 2011
Signed by the Bengals in 2012
An undrafted rookie free-agent signee in 2012, Lamur started, made seven tackles and two defended passes in Cincinnati's 43-17 loss Sunday night at New England.
In four starts this year, Lamur has 29 tackles, four passes defended and one interception for the 3-1 Bengals.
OL — Detroit Lions
K-Stater from 2009 to 2013
Signed by the Lions in 2014
An undrafted rookie free-agent offensive lineman for Detroit, Lucas played in the Lions' 17-14 setback against Buffalo on Sunday. The loss dropped Detroit's record to 3-2.
WR — Green Bay Packers
K-Stater from 2003 to 2007
Drafted by the Packers in 2008
Nelson, a seventh-year veteran, made his 46th career start Oct. 2 in Green Bay's 42-10 blowout win over Minnesota.
The former second-round pick made his only reception a good one — it went for a 66-yard touchdown strike to give the Packers a 14-0 lead.
In five games this season, Nelson ranks second in the NFL with 525 receiving yards on 34 receptions with four touchdowns, while he has totaled 5,115 yards and 40 touchdowns in his six-plus years in the NFL.
CB — Cincinnati Bengals
K-Stater from 1998 to 2002
Drafted by the Cowboys in 2003
Newman, a 12-year NFL veteran, made his 163rd career start in a 43-17 Cincinnati loss Sunday at New England.
He recorded eight tackles in the contest to push his career total to 697, while he also has 138 passes defended in his career. The Bengals suffered their first loss of the season, falling to 3-1.
OL — New Orleans Saints
K-Stater from 2012 to 2013
Drafted by the Saints in 2014
Rooks, a sixth-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, is on the New Orleans practice squad. The Saints earned a 37-31 overtime win Sunday against Tampa Bay to improve to 2-3.
RB — Philadelphia Eagles
K-Stater from 2001 to 2004
Drafted by the Chargers in 2005
A 10th-year pro, Sproles rushed seven times for 51 yards, returned a punt 23 yards and took back a kickoff 15 yards in Philadelphia's 34-28 victory Sunday over the St. Louis Rams.
Traded to the Eagles from the Saints in the offseason, Sproles now has 16,112 career all-purpose yards to rank 20th in NFL history, just 140 yards behind another active player in Wes Welker.
The Eagles bounced back from their first loss of the year and they now are 4-1.
RB — Miami Dolphins
K-Stater from 2009 to 2010
Drafted by the Dolphins in 2011
Thomas, a 2010 draft pick by Miami who was re-signed by the Dolphins three weeks ago, and the Dolphins were idle last week after a 38-14 win two weeks ago over Oakland in London, England.
The running back has rushed seven times for 50 yards and caught two passes for 46 yards this season for the 2-2 Dolphins.
LB — Houston Texans
K-Stater from 2011 to 2012
Signed by the Texans in 2013
A starting linebacker for the Houston Texans, Tuggle carded five total tackles and recovered a fumble in Houston's narrow 20-17 defeat at the hands of Dallas on Sunday.
An undrafted rookie free agent prior to the 2013 season, Tuggle now has 17 tackles this season and 31 in his career for the 3-2 Texans.
LB — San Diego Chargers
K-Stater from 2005 to 2008
Drafted by the Cardinals in 2009
A sixth-year pro who is in his second season with the Chargers, Walker was inactive for San Diego's 31-0 blowout win over the New York Jets on Sunday afternoon.
Walker, who has four tackles this season, saw the Chargers improve to an AFC West Division-leading 4-1 record.
S — New Orleans Saints
K-Stater from 2010 to 2013
Signed by the Saints in 2014
Zimmerman, an undrafted rookie free-agent signee by the New Orleans Saints, is on injured reserve for the 2014 season. The Saints earned their second win of the season, a 37-31 overtime win over Atlanta on Sunday.