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 NFL 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 draft pick in the 2013 NFL Draft, Brown was inactive for the Ravens' 23-21 last-second win at Cleveland on Sunday, which improved Baltimore's record to 2-1.
Brown made 15 tackles, including half a sack, in 14 games last season.
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' 22-10 loss to San Diego on Sunday. The Bills now are 2-1 on the year.
OL — San Diego Chargers
K-Stater from 2001 to 2005
Drafted by the Chargers in 2006
In his eighth NFL season, Clary is on the physically unable to perform list for the San Diego Chargers. The offensive lineman has played in 103 career regular season games. The Chargers won at Buffalo 22-10 on Sunday afternoon.
LB — Cincinnati Bengals
K-Stater from 2009 to 2011
Signed by the Bengals in 2012
Lamur, an undrafted rookie free agent signee by Cincinnati in 2012, started and made three tackles, including a tackle for loss, and a quarterback hurry in the Bengals' 33-7 victory over Tennessee on Sunday.
In three starts this year, Lamur has 22 tackles, two passes defended and one interception.
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 his second career NFL game, a 19-7 victory over divisional foe Green Bay on Sunday. The Lions improved to 2-1 with the victory.
WR — Green Bay Packers
K-Stater from 2003 to 2007
Drafted by the Packers in 2008
Nelson, a seventh-year veteran, made his 44th career start Sunday in Green Bay's 19-7 loss at Detroit on Sunday. The wide receiver hauled in five receptions for a team-high 59 yards.
In three games this season, Nelson ranks second in the NFL with 351 receiving yards on 23 receptions with one touchdown, while he has totaled 4,941 yards and 37 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, carded two tackles and batted away a pass in his 116th career start, a 33-7 Cincinnati win over Tennessee on Sunday.
Newman, who has played in 147 career games, has accumulated 689 tackles and 138 passes defended.
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 New Orleans' practice squad. The Saints picked up their first victory over the year, a 20-9 win over Minnesota on Sunday.
RB — Philadelphia Eagles
K-Stater from 2001 to 2004
Drafted by the Chargers in 2005
A 10th-year pro, Sproles logged 77 all-purpose yards in Philadelphia's 37-34 win over divisional rival Washington on Sunday. He rushed twice for 20 yards, caught three passes for 30 yards and returned a pair of punts for 27 yards.
Sproles, who was traded to the Eagles from the Saints in the offseason, pushed his career all-purpose yardage total to 15,934. The Eagles are one of three teams to be undefeated through three weeks of play.
RB — Miami Dolphins
K-Stater from 2009 to 2010
Drafted by the Dolphins in 2011
Thomas, a 2011 draft pick by Miami, was cut by the Dolphins prior to the season before being re-signed last week and playing in Miami's 34-15 loss to Kansas City on Sunday.
He rushed twice for 15 yards and also hauled in a 21-yard reception that set up a field goal just prior to halftime.
LB — Houston Texans
K-Stater from 2011 to 2012
Signed by the Texans in 2013
Tuggle, an undrafted rookie free agent prior to the 2013 season who has started two games this season, made two tackles in Houston's 30-17 loss at the New York Giants.
The linebacker now has six tackles this season and 20 for his career.
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 made two tackles — including one special teams stop — in San Diego's 22-10 win at Buffalo on Sunday.
Walker, who has four tackles this season, helped the Chargers to improve to 2-1.
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. The Saints won their first game of the year, a 20-9 victory over Minnesota.