LSU Leads NFL with 40 on Opening Day Active Rosters
Editor’s note: After the NFL released this listing, defensive end Lavar Edwards was added to the Chicago Bears’ 53-man roster.
BATON ROUGE – For the second straight year, LSU ranked No. 1 among all schools with players on active NFL rosters as 40 former Tigers were in action during week one of the NFL season.
The 40 active NFL players for LSU was three better than Miami (Fla.), who had 37 players on opening day rosters. Southern Cal was next with 35, followed by Alabama and Georgia with 34 each. The top 10 was rounded out with Florida (31), Florida State (31), Oklahoma (30), Notre Dame (29) and Clemson (28).
A year ago, the NFL season opened with 38 former Tigers on active rosters.
LSU’s claim of being Defensive Back U. (DBU) held true as the Tigers lead the NFL with 10 defensive backs on active rosters. LSU is also first in the NFL in defensive tackles with seven.
Of the 40 LSU players who played during the opening weekend of the NFL, 24 were starters, which includes punters Donnie Jones (Eagles) and Brad Wing (Giants).
Last week, LSU players accounted for 51 tackles, five tackles for loss, and five pass breakups on defense. Offensively, former Tigers caught 18 passes and rushed for two touchdowns. On special teams, Jarvis Landry scored on a 69-yard punt return, while Jones and Wing combined to average 45 yards on nine punts.
LSU had 14 players start on defense, including five linebackers and four defensive tackles. Offensively, LSU had seven former players start, which included three wide receivers, three offensive linemen and a running back.
LSU Tigers in the NFL
53-Man Rosters (as of 2015 opening weekend)
Name, At LSU, NFL Team, Pos.
Kwon Alexander, 2012-14, Tampa Bay, LB
Joe Barksdale, 2007-10, San Diego, OT
Lamin Barrow , 2009-13, Chicago, LB
Odell Beckham Jr., 2011-13, NY Giants, WR
Alfred Blue, 2010-13, Houston, RB
Dwayne Bowe, 2003-06, Cleveland, WR
Delvin Breaux, 2007-11, New Orleans, CB
Michael Brockers, 2009-11, St. Louis, DT
Ron Brooks , 2007-11, Buffalo, CB
Morris Claiborne, 2009-11, Dallas, CB
Jalen Collins, 2011-14, Atlanta, CB
La’el Collins, 2011-14, Dallas, OL
Glenn Dorsey, 2004-07, San Francisco, DL
Ego Ferguson, 2010-13, Chicago, DT
Jeremy Hill, 2012-13, Cincinnati, RB
Danielle Hunter, 2012-14, Minnesota, DE
Tyson Jackson, 2004-08, Atlanta, DE
Ricky Jean-Francois, 2005-08, Washington, DE
Donnie Jones, 2000-03, Philadelphia, P
Jarvis Landry, 2011-13, Miami, WR
Bennie Logan, 2009-12, Philadelphia, DT
Terrence Magee, 2011-14, Baltimore, RB
Ronald Martin, 2011-14, NY Jets, SS
Tyrann Mathieu, 2010-11, Arizona, DB
Danny McCray, 2006-09, Dallas, S
Zach Mettenberger, 2011-13, Tennessee, QB
Barkevious Mingo, 2010-12, Cleveland, LB
Kevin Minter, 2009-12, Arizona, LB
Patrick Peterson, 2008-10, Arizona, CB/RS
Rueben Randle, 2009-11, NY Giants, WR
Eric Reid, 2010-12, San Francisco, S
Perry Riley, 2006-09, Washington, LB
Russell Shepard, 2009-12, Tampa Bay, WR
Kelvin Sheppard, 2006-10, Miami, LB
Tharold Simon, 2010-12, Seattle, CB
Trai Turner, 2011-13, Carolina, OG
Andrew Whitworth, 2002-05, Cincinnati, OG
Kyle Williams, 2002-05, Buffalo, DT
Brad Wing, 2010-12, NY Giants, P
Al Woods, 2006-09, Tennessee, DT
Physically Unable to Perform List
Brandon LaFell, 2005-09, New England, WR
Stevan Ridley, 2007-10, NY Jets, RB
Kenny Hilliard, 2011-14, Houston, RB
Craig Loston, 2009-13, Jacksonville, S
Spencer Ware, 2010-12, Kansas City, RB