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
A second-round selection in the 2013 NFL Draft, Brown played in his first game of the year — a 43-23 loss at Pittsburgh on Sunday night — but did not record any statistics. The Ravens fell to 5-4 with the loss.
RB — Buffalo Bills
K-Stater from 2010 to 2011
Drafted by the Eagles in 2012
Brown and the Bills were off last weekend. A seventh-round pick in 2012 by Philadelphia who was traded to Buffalo in the offseason, Brown has played in one game this year, in which he rushed seven times for 15 yards. The Bills are 5-3.
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' physically unable to perform list.
Clary, who has played in 103 career regular-season games, saw the Chargers fall at Miami, 37-0, on Sunday to drop their season record to 5-4.
LB — Houston Texans
K-Stater from 2005 to 2006
Drafted by the Texans in 2007
A 2007 draft pick by Houston who re-signed with the club last week, Diles had one special teams tackle in the Texans' 31-21 home loss Sunday to Philadelphia.
It was Diles' 70th career NFL game and first since Nov. 14, 2013, with the Tennessee Titans. Houston fell to 4-5 with the loss.
LB — Cincinnati Bengals
K-Stater from 2009 to 2011
Signed by the Bengals in 2012
An undrafted rookie free-agent signee in 2012, Lamur led the Bengals with seven tackles in their 33-23 win Sunday over Jacksonville.
The linebacker, who made his seventh start of the year, also knocked away two passes and had a quarterback hurry.
Lamur has 49 tackles, seven passes defended and two interceptions this year for Cincinnati, which leads the AFC North Division with a 5-2-1 record.
OL — Detroit Lions
K-Stater from 2009 to 2013
Signed by the Lions in 2014
Lucas, an undrafted rookie free-agent offensive lineman, and the Lions enjoyed their bye week. Detroit leads the NFC North Division with a 6-2 record.
WR — Green Bay Packers
K-Stater from 2003 to 2007
Drafted by the Packers in 2008
Nelson, a seventh-year veteran, and the Green Bay Packers were idle. A career 49-game starter, Nelson has 50 receptions for 737 yards and six touchdowns this season to push his career totals to 353, 5,327 and 42, respectively.
Green Bay is second in the NFC North Division at 5-3.
Newman, a 12-year NFL veteran, carded six tackles and a pass breakup in his 167th career start, a 33-23 Cincinnati win Sunday over Jacksonville.
Newman now has 715 career tackles and 141 career passes defended, including season totals of 46 and eight, respectively. The Bengals lead the AFC North Division at 5-2-1.
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 Saints' practice squad. New Orleans won at Carolina 28-10 last Thursday night to improve to 4-4.
RB — Philadelphia Eagles
K-Stater from 2001 to 2004
Drafted by the Chargers in 2005
A 10th-year pro, Sproles carded 90 all-purpose yards in Philadelphia's 31-21 victory Sunday at Houston.
Traded to the Eagles from the Saints in the offseason, Sproles rushed three time for 17 yards, caught four passes for 46 yards and returned two punts for 27 yards.
In seven games this year, Sproles has 228 rushing yards and three touchdowns, 244 receiving yards, and a 15.4-yard average on punt returns. He also has racked up 16,298 career all-purpose yards to rank 18th in NFL history.
The Eagles improved to 6-2 with the win to lead the NFC East Division.
RB — Miami Dolphins
K-Stater from 2009 to 2010
Drafted by the Dolphins in 2011
A 2011 draft pick by Miami who was cut and then re-signed by the Dolphins this year, Thomas helped the Dolphins to blow out San Diego, 37-0, at home on Sunday.
The fourth-year back caught two passes for 14 yards and rushed nine times for 8 yards. He has totaled 101 yards on 27 carries this season, as well as 97 receiving yards on nine catches for the 5-3 Dolphins.
LB — Houston Texans
K-Stater from 2011 to 2012
Signed by the Texans in 2013
A second-year linebacker for Houston, Tuggle started and made a pair of tackles in the Texans' 31-21 loss at home Sunday to Philadelphia.
In nine games this season, the former undrafted rookie free agent has 36 tackles to improve his two-year career total to 50. The Texans fell to 4-5.
A sixth-year pro who is in his second season with the Chargers, Walker had a special teams tackle in San Diego's 37-0 loss Sunday at Miami. Walker has 11 tackles this season for the 5-4 Chargers.
S — New Orleans Saints
K-Stater from 2010 to 2013
Signed by the Saints in 2014
An undrafted rookie free-agent signee by the New Orleans Saints, Zimmerman is on injured reserve for the 2014 season. The Saints defeated Carolina 28-10 last Thursday night to even their record at 4-4.