32 Tigers in NFL Training Camps

32 Tigers in NFL Training Camps


32 Tigers in NFL Training Camps


By Staff Report.

Clemson, SC—According to rosters on the NFL website, 32 former Clemson football players are currently in training camps with NFL teams.   The list includes 11 defensive linemen.

NFL training camps opened last week and the first exhibition game is this coming Sunday.  At least one former Tiger is represented on the rosters of 22 of the 32 teams.  Ten different teams have two former Tigers.

As stated above, there are more defensive linemen on the list than any other position with 11.  There are six defensive backs, four offensive linemen, three linebackers, two tight ends, two wide receivers, two running backs, one quarterback and one punter.   Twenty of the 32 players are defensive players, 11 are offensive players and there is one special teams player.

The veteran of the group is Arizona Cardinals defensive tackle Nick Eason, who is in his 10th year in the NFL.   Five of the players are rookies and were starters on Clemson’s 2011 ACC Championship team.  Those players are Dwayne Allen, Andre Branch, Kourtnei Brown, Antoine McClain and Rennie Moore.   Eighteen members of Clemson’s 2009 team that won the Atlantic Division of the ACC, are on NFL rosters at the moment.

For the first time since 1996, Brian Dawkins is not on this list.  Dawkins returned in the off season after 17 years in the NFL.  He made the pro bowl


Former Clemson Players in NFL Training Camps

   Name                            Pos       Team                             NFL Yrs    CU Years

Dwayne Allen               TE         Indianapolis Colts           R               2008-11

Thomas Austin             OG        Houston Texans             3rd              2006-09

DaQuan Bowers           DE        Tampa Bay Bucs           2nd             2008-10

Andre Branch               DE        Jacksonville Jaguars     R               2008-11

Kourtnei Brown             LB         San Francisco 49ers      R               2008-11

Crezdon Butler             CB        Arizona Cardinals           3rd              2006-09

Chris Clemons              S           Miami Dolphins              4th              2005-08

Kavell Conner               LB         Indianapolis Colts           3rd              2006-09

Jamie Cumbie              DT         Oakland Raiders            2nd            2006-08

Nick Eason                   DT         Arizona Cardinals           10th            1999-02

Jacoby Ford                 WR       Oakland Raiders            3rd              2006-09

Maurice Fountain         DE        Philadelphia Eagles        R               2001-04

Marcus Gilchrist           SS         San Diego Chargers      2nd             2007-10

Tyler Grisham              WR       Denver Broncos             4th              2005-08

Chris Hairston               OT        Buffalo Bills                    2nd             2007-10

Jamie Harper               RB        Tennessee Titans           2nd             2008-10

Leroy Hill                      LB         Seattle Seahawks          8th              2001-04

Jarvis Jenkins              DE        Washington Redskins    2nd             2007-10

Byron Maxwell             CB        Seattle Seahawks          2nd             2007-10

Antoine McClain           OG        Baltimore Ravens          R               2008-11

Phillip Merling               DE        Green Bay Packers       5th              2005-07

Justin Miller                  DB        Detroit Lions                   5th              2002-04

Rennie Moore               DE        Houston Texans             R               2008-11

Michael Palmer            TE         Atlanta Falcons              3rd              2006-09

Barry Richardson         OT        St. Louis Rams              5th              2004-07

Ricky Sapp                   DE        New York Jets               3rd              2006-09

Dorell Scott                   DT         St. Louis Rams              4th              2005-08

Coty Sensabaugh         CB        Tennessee Titans           R               2008-11

C.J. Spiller                    RB        Buffalo Bills                    3rd              2006-09

Brandon Thompson      DT         Cincinnati Bengals         R               2008-11

Charlie Whitehurst        QB        San Diego Chargers      7th              2002-05

Dawson Zimmerman   P           Atlanta Falcons              R               2008-11


Note:  Chansi Stuckey, a five year NFL veteran is currently a free agent and has night signed with an NFL team yet.



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