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
Brown, a second-round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft, was inactive for the Ravens' 48-17 blowout win at Tampa Bay on Sunday. Baltimore improved to 4-2 with the victory.
RB — Buffalo Bills
K-Stater from 2010 to 2011
Drafted by the Eagles in 2012
A seventh-round pick in 2012 by Philadelphia who was traded to Buffalo in the offseason, Brown was inactive for the Bills' 37-22 home loss Sunday to New England, a defeat that dropped Buffalo to 3-3.
OL — San Diego Chargers
K-Stater from 2002 to 2005
Drafted by the Chargers in 2006
Clary, an eighth-year offensive lineman for San Diego, remains on the Chargers' list of those physically unable to perform.
Clary, who has played in 103 career regular-season games, saw the Chargers (5-1) win 31-28 at Oakland.
LB — Cincinnati Bengals
K-Stater from 2009 to 2011
Signed by the Bengals in 2012
Lamur, an undrafted rookie free-agent signee in 2012, started his fifth game of the year and came away with eight tackles, including two for a loss, in Cincinnati's 37-37 tie Sunday against Carolina.
Lamur has totaled 37 tackles, four passes defended and one interception for the 3-1-1 Bengals.
OL — Detroit Lions
K-Stater from 2009 to 2013
Signed by the Lions in 2014
Lucas, an undrafted rookie free-agent offensive lineman for Detroit, played in the Lions' 17-3 victory Sunday at Minnesota. The Lions improved to 4-2 with the win.
WR — Green Bay Packers
K-Stater from 2003 to 2007
Drafted by the Packers in 2008
A seventh-year veteran, Nelson started his 47th career game in Green Bay's 27-24 last-second win Sunday at Miami.
The former second-round pick carded nine receptions for 107 yards and opened the game's scoring with his first-quarter touchdown. It was Nelson's 15th career 100-yard game, including his third this season.
In six games this year, Nelson leads the NFL with 632 receiving yards on 43 receptions with five touchdowns, while he has totaled 5,222 yards and 41 touchdowns in his six-plus years in the league. The Packers improved to 4-2.
CB — Cincinnati Bengals
K-Stater from 1998 to 2002
Drafted by the Cowboys in 2003
A 12-year NFL veteran, Newman made his 164th career start in Cincinnati's 37-37 tie Sunday against Carolina.
Newman carded five tackles and broke up a pass to improve his career totals to 702 and 139, respectively.
The Bengals now are 3-1-1 this season.
OL — New Orleans Saints
K-Stater from 2012 to 2013
Drafted by the Saints in 2014
A sixth-round pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, Rooks is on the New Orleans practice squad.
The 2-3 Saints were idle last week.
RB — Philadelphia Eagles
K-Stater from 2001 to 2004
Drafted by the Chargers in 2005
Sproles, a 10th-year pro, rushed seven times for 39 yards, including a 15-yard touchdown run, in Philadelphia's 27-0 blanking of the New York Giants on Sunday night.
Sproles, who also returned four punts for a 14.3-yard average, unfortunately suffered an MCL sprain toward the end of the game, but he is expected to miss little time.
Traded to the Eagles from the Saints in the offseason, Sproles now has 16,208 career all-purpose yards to rank 20th in NFL history, just 52 yards behind another active player in Wes Welker. The Eagles improved to 5-1.
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 last month, was inactive for Miami's 27-24 last-second home loss Sunday to Green Bay.
But Knowshon Moreno's season-ending injury should mean more carries for Thomas in the future. The running back has rushed seven times for 50 yards and caught two passes for 46 yards this season for the 2-3 Dolphins.
LB — Houston Texans
K-Stater from 2011 to 2012
Signed by the Texans in 2013
Tuggle, a starting linebacker for Houston, had a big night for the Texans, but it wasn't enough as they fell 33-28 at home to Indianapolis on Thursday night.
Tuggle came away with nine tackles to finish second on the team, while he also carded his first career interception and deflected another pass.
In six games this season, the former undrafted rookie free agent has 26 tackles to improve his two-year career total to 40. The Texans fell to 3-3 on the season.
LB — San Diego Chargers
K-Stater from 2005 to 2008
Drafted by the Cardinals in 2009
Walker, a sixth-year pro who is in his second season with the Chargers, was inactive for San Diego's 31-28 win Sunday at Oakland.
Walker, who has four tackles this season, saw the Chargers improve to an AFC West Division-leading 5-1 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, who are 2-3 this season, were idle last week.