This is a feature in which I 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.
Per a reader's suggestion, I have re-ordered these players by position and listed the inactive players at the bottom. I hope that helps people to find the performances they're seeking more easily.
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 rushed three times for 11 yards and caught two passes for 14 yards in the Bills' 24-17 loss Sunday at Denver.
Brown pushed his season rushing total to 106 yards on 31 attempts, while he also has hauled in nine receptions for 71 yards. Buffalo fell to 7-6 with the loss.
OL — Detroit Lions
K-Stater from 2009 to 2013
Signed by the Lions in 2014
An undrafted rookie free-agent offensive lineman, Lucas played in Detroit's 34-17 win Sunday over Tampa Bay.
He has played in 12 games this year — including one start — for the Lions, who improved to 9-4 with the win.
WR — Green Bay Packers
K-Stater from 2003 to 2007
Drafted by the Packers in 2008
Nelson, a seventh-year veteran, hauled in eight receptions for 146 yards and two touchdowns — including a 60-yard strike — in Green Bay's 43-37 home win Monday night over Atlanta.
A career 54-game starter, Nelson has topped the 1,000-yard mark for the third time in his career, including a second straight season, and he has 78 receptions for 1,265 yards and 12 touchdowns in 2014.
He is tied for the league lead in touchdowns, and ranks fifth in yards and eighth in receptions. In his seven-year career, Nelson has 380 receptions for 5,855 yards and 48 touchdowns. The Packers lead the NFC North at 10-3.
RB — Philadelphia Eagles
K-Stater from 2001 to 2004
Drafted by the Chargers in 2005
Sproles, a 10th-year pro, was bottled up in Philadelphia's 24-14 home loss Sunday to Seattle. The running back was held to 0 yards on four rushing attempts and was tackled immediately after receiving a punt.
Traded to the Eagles from the Saints in the offseason, Sproles has 295 rushing yards and five touchdowns, 313 receiving yards, and a 14.1-yard average on punt returns.
He also has racked up 16,607 career all-purpose yards to rank 16th in NFL history. The Eagles fell to 9-4 and are tied for the NFC East lead.
RB — Miami Dolphins
K-Stater from 2009 to 2010
Drafted by the Dolphins in 2011
Thomas, a 2011 draft pick by Miami who was cut and then re-signed by the Dolphins this year, played in Miami's 28-13 setback Sunday at Baltimore, but did not record any statistics.
In 10 games this year, the fourth-year back has 162 rushing yards on 41 carries and 100 receiving yards on 10 catches for the 7-6 Dolphins.
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, played in Baltimore's 28-13 win Sunday at Miami, but did not record any statistics. Brown has played in three games this season for the 8-5 Ravens.
LB — Cleveland Browns
K-Stater from 2005 to 2006
Drafted by the Texans in 2007
Diles made one special teams tackle in his third game with Cleveland, a 25-24 Browns loss Sunday to Indianapolis. Diles, who also has played for Houston this year, and the Browns fell to 7-6.
LB — Cincinnati Bengals
K-Stater from 2009 to 2011
Signed by the Bengals in 2012
Lamur, an undrafted rookie free-agent signee in 2012, came away with four tackles in Cincinnati's 42-21 loss Sunday against Pittsburgh.
The starting strongside linebacker now has 88 stops this season to go along with seven passes defended and two interceptions. Despite the loss, the Bengals still lead the AFC North by half a game with an 8-4-1 record.
Newman, a 12-year NFL veteran, made his 171st career start in Cincinnati's 42-21 home loss Sunday to Pittsburgh.
The cornerback recorded seven tackles and a pair of pass breakups. Newman now has 736 career tackles and 147 career passes defended, including season totals of 67 and 14, respectively.
The Bengals still hold a slim lead in the AFC North with an 8-4-1 record.
LB — Houston Texans
K-Stater from 2011 to 2012
Signed by the Texans in 2013
Tuggle, a second-year LB, played Sunday in Houston's 27-13 win at Jacksonville, but did not record any statistics.
In 13 games this season, the former undrafted rookie free agent has 38 tackles to improve his two-year career total to 52. The Texans now are 7-6.
Walker, a sixth-year pro, played Sunday in San Diego's 23-14 home loss to New England, but did not record any statistics. In his second season in San Diego, Walker has 12 tackles for the 8-5 Chargers.
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.
San Diego fell at home to New England, 23-14, to drop to 8-5.
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. The Saints lost at home Sunday to Carolina, 41-10, to fall to 5-8 this season.
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. New Orleans fell at home Sunday to Carolina, 41-10, and dropped to 5-8 on the year.