This is a new feature in which I will track the progress of former Wildcats greats such as Darren Sproles and 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' 27-24 loss Sunday at Cincinnati, allowing me to root freely for Emmanuel Lamur and Terence Newman. Baltimore fell to 5-3 with the loss.
RB — Buffalo Bills
K-Stater from 2010 to 2011
Drafted by the Eagles in 2012
After being inactive for the first seven games of the season, Brown finally made his Buffalo debut as the starting running back in the Bills' 43-23 victory Sunday at the New York Jets. It only took two significant injuries to get there.
A seventh-round pick in 2012 by Philadelphia who was traded to Buffalo in the offseason, Brown rushed seven times for 15 yards. The Bills now are 5-3 this season.
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' physically unable to perform list.
Clary, who has played in 103 career regular season games, saw the Chargers drop a 35-21 contest Thursday night at Denver. San Diego now is 5-3 this season.
LB — Cincinnati Bengals
K-Stater from 2009 to 2011
Signed by the Bengals in 2012
Lamur, an undrafted rookie free-agent signee in 2012, was a major factor in Cincinnati's 27-24 victory Sunday over divisional rival Baltimore.
The starting linebacker had five tackles and picked off a Joe Flacco pass three plays into the third quarter, which eventually led to a Bengal touchdown to give Cincinnati a 14-6 lead.
Lamur has 42 tackles, five passes defended and two interceptions this year for the Bengals, who improved to 4-2-1.
OL — Detroit Lions
K-Stater from 2009 to 2013
Signed by the Lions in 2014
Lucas, an undrafted rookie free-agent offensive lineman for the Lions, played in Detroit's 22-21 come-from-behind victory Sunday morning over Atlanta in London, England.
The Lions trailed 21-0 at halftime, but scored 22 unanswered points, including a 48-yard field goal as time expired. Detroit improved to 6-2 with the win to take over the lead in the NFC North.
WR — Green Bay Packers
K-Stater from 2003 to 2007
Drafted by the Packers in 2008
A seventh-year veteran, Nelson started his 49th career game in Green Bay's 44-23 loss Sunday night at New Orleans.
The former second-round pick was held in check by the Saints' secondary and only was able to haul in three passes for 25 yards.
In eight games this year, Nelson has 50 receptions for 737 yards and six touchdowns to push his career totals to 353, 5,327 and 42, respectively. Green Bay fell to 5-3 this season.
A 12-year NFL veteran, Newman made his 166th career start, and came away with four tackles and a pass breakup Sunday in Cincinnati's 27-24 victory over divisional foe Baltimore.
Newman now has 709 career tackles and 140 career passes defended, including season totals of 40 and seven, respectively. Cincinnati now is 4-2-1 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 Saints' practice squad. New Orleans defeated Green Bay 44-23 on Sunday night to improve to 3-4.
RB — Philadelphia Eagles
K-Stater from 2001 to 2004
Drafted by the Chargers in 2005
Sproles, a 10th-year pro, was inactive due to injury for Philadelphia's 24-20 loss Sunday at Arizona.
Traded to the Eagles from the Saints in the offseason, Sproles has 211 rushing yards and three touchdowns, 198 receiving yards, and a 15.6-yard average on punt returns this season.
He also has 16,208 career all-purpose yards to rank 20th in NFL history. The Eagles fell to 5-2 with the loss.
RB — Miami Dolphins
K-Stater from 2009 to 2010
Drafted by the Dolphins in 2011
Thomas, a 2010 draft pick by Miami who was cut and then re-signed by the Dolphins, carded 18 rushing yards on four carries and 12 receiving yards on two catches in Miami's 27-13 win Sunday over in-state foe Jacksonville.
The fourth-year running back has totaled 93 yards on 18 carries this season, as well as 83 receiving yards on six catches for the 4-3 Dolphins.
LB — Houston Texans
K-Stater from 2011 to 2012
Signed by the Texans in 2013
Tuggle, a second-year linebacker for Houston, started and made three tackles in the Texans' 30-16 victory Sunday at Tennessee.
In eight games this season, the former undrafted rookie free agent has 34 tackles to improve his two-year career total to 48. The Texans evened their record at 4-4.
Walker, a sixth-year pro who is in his second season with the Chargers, came away with one tackle in San Diego's 35-21 Thursday night loss at Denver. Walker has 10 tackles this season for the 5-3 Chargers.
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 topped Green Bay 44-23 on Sunday night to improve to 3-4.