BOZICH | NFL Scoreboard: Louisville 15, Kentucky 11
Which local college football program has the most former players in the NFL as the 2014 season kicks off? Here is the rundown for U of L, UK, IU, WKU, Murray State and EKU.
Wednesday, September 3rd 2014, 2:05 pm EDT by
Wednesday, September 3rd 2014, 4:20 pm EDT
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – I'm not sure Twitter would survive without bragging rights. It's a large part of the game in college sports. Every program looks for yardsticks that can be used to wave at the competition. Trash talk is a tool that inspires fans.
Head-to-head match-ups are always the ultimate advantage. But fans like to chirp about recruiting numbers, attendance, facilities, famous alums, Heismans and anything else that works.
Here is a topic that works on Wednesday – one day before the start of the 2014 NFL season:
Which local program has the most players in the National Football League?
The winner is … Louisville.
The Cards will be represented by 15 guys on current 53-rosters (or the injured list), a number that jumped by more than 50 percent because six Louisville rookies fought their way into the league. (The numbers are available at
.) Charlie Strong did a remarkable job developing players at U of L.
The 15 Cards are four more than Kentucky's 11 and more than double the half dozen former Indiana players in the league. Western Kentucky has set a school record with four players on opening day rosters. Murray State, Louisville's opponent this weekend, will be represented by two guys while Eastern Kentucky has one.
In fact, Louisville will start this season with more former players in the NFL than Arizona State (14), Arkansas, Washington and Michigan State (13 each), Baylor (11) and Texas Tech (8).
Here is the rundown:
Gary Barnidge, Cleveland, tight end
Teddy Bridgewater, Minnesota, quarterback
Preston Brown, Buffalo, linebacker
Damian Copeland, Jacksonville, receiver
Harry Douglas, Atlanta, receiver
Elvis Dumervil, Baltimore, linebacker
William Gay, Pittsburgh, cornerback
Breno Giacomini, New York Jets, offensive tackle
Senorise Perry, Chicago, halfback
Bilal Powell, New York Jets, halfback
Calvin Pryor, New York Jets, safety
Greg Scruggs, Seattle, defensive end
Marcus Smith, Philadelphia, defensive end
Byron Stingily, Tennessee, offensive tackle
Eric Wood, Buffalo, center
Randall Cobb, Green Bay, receiver
Winston Guy, Jacksonville, safety
Stevie Johnson, San Francisco, receiver
Tim Masthay, Green Bay, punter
Corey Peters, Atlanta, defensive tackle
Jacob Tamme, Denver, tight end
Danny Trevathan, Denver, linebacker
Larry Warford, Detroit, offensive guard
Garry Williams, Carolina, offensive tackle
Avery Williams, Tennessee, linebacker
Wesley Woodyard, Tennessee, linebacker
James Brewer, New York Giants, offensive guard
Tandon Doss, Jacksonville, receiver
Cody Latimer, Denver, receiver
Tracy Porter, Washington, defensive back
Courtney Roby, Atlanta, receiver
Rodger Saffold, St. Louis, offensive tackle.
WESTERN KENTUCKY (4)
Jonathan Dowling, Oakland, safety
Jack Doyle, Indianapolis, tight end
Bobby Rainey, Tampa, running back
Quanterus Smith, Denver, defensive end
MURRAY STATE (2)
Marcus Harris, New York Giants, receiver
Walt Powell, Arizona, receiver
EASTERN KENTUCKY (1)
Aaron Adams, Green Bay, offensive tackle.
Copyright 2014 WDRB News. All rights reserved.