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Terps in the NFL: How Former Maryland Football Players Are Doing in the Pros

Each week, we'll review how former Maryland football players are doing in the NFL.


We'll likely have this feature up earlier in the week in the future, but with the NFL season kicking off tonight, lets take a look at where various players stand on various NFL rosters. By my count, 19 former Terps are either on the roster or practice squad of 15 NFL teams:

Player NFL Team Position Notes
Bruce Campbell N/A OT Waived by Panthers on 8/25/13
Devonte Campbell N/A FB Waived by Atlanta on 8/31/13
Nolan Carroll Miami Dolphins CB It looks like Carroll is going to be a starter for Miami this season. But he better watch his back.
Jon Condo Oakland Raiders Long Snapper I bet you didn't know that Jon Condo is one of the NFL's best long snappers.
Phil Costa Dallas Cowboys Center It sounds like Costa is going to be the backup center for the Cowboys.
Vernon Davis San Francisco 49ers TE The Duke is a star tight end in San Fran and apparently eats lunch with a creepy Chucky doll. No, seriously.
Kevin Dorsey N/A WR Dorsey was with the Packers, but was injury waived, meaning the team and Dorsey reached an injury settlement.
Darin Drakeford N/A LB Drakeford was waived by the Kansas City Chiefs on 8/31/13.
Moise Fokou Tennessee Titans LB Fokou appears to be locked in at the middle linebacker position in Tennessee.
A.J. Francis New England Patriots DT Francis was playing for Miami, but was placed on waivers and expected to resign to the practice squad. But, much to his surprise, the New England Patriots put in a waiver claim on Francis, and he's now on their final roster, along with one of his best friends - former Terp Joe Vellano.
Matt Furstenburg Baltimore Ravens TE Furstenburg had a promising preseason for the Ravens, where he had signed as an undrafted free agent this spring. But despite his great blocking and catching ability, very much needed after Dennis Pita went down with an injury, Matt was released by the Ravens and then signed to their practice squad shortly after.
Erin Henderson Minnesota Vikings LB Erin, who is just now getting over a recent ankle injury, appears set to take over the middle linebacker position for the Vikings.
Darrius Heyward-Bey Indianapolis Colts WR Heyward-Bey, who had a somewhat up and down start to his career in Oakland after being selected 7th overall in the 2009 draft, is looking for a fresh start with the Colts this season. Having Andrew Luck throwing you the ball is probably going to help with that.
Shaun Hill Detroit Lions QB Looks like Hill will continue to be a reliable backup for Matt Stafford in Detroit.
D'Qwell Jackson Cleveland Browns LB Jackson is one of the oldest tenured Browns players. Who knew?
Nick Novak San Diego Chargers K After bouncing around the leage, it appears Novak has finally found a home in San Diego. Hopefully he's taunting Phillip Rivers daily about never beating Maryland while he was at NC State. Novak is so popular that he's throwing out 1st pitches at Padres games.
Adam Podlesh Chicago Bears P Adam is part of a very good special teams unit in Chicago. Clearly, Maryland is Special Teams U. Also, obligatory Daaaa Bears.
Da'Rel Scott New York Giants RB With injuries to their starters, it appears Scott will get the starting nod in the Giants' opener. If he does well, it looks like they'll stick with him for now.
Torrey Smith Baltimore Ravens WR Torrey, fresh off a Super Bowl victory with the Ravens, will now become Joe Flacco's top target, after the Ravens traded away Anquan Boldin and Dennis Pita was lost for most of the season due to injury. Expect a big season out of Smith, who believes he's more than just a deep threat.
Randy Starks Miami Dolphins DT It appears that Starks is battling for his starting spot in Miami.
Joe Vellano New England Patriots DT Joe V., who signed with the Patriots as an undrafted free-agent this past Spring, had a monstor preseason that earned him a roster spot with the Pats, where he appears to be a backup DT.
LaQuan Williams N/A WR LaQuan, who was a vital special teams player for the Ravens was waived-injured by the defending Super Bowl champs earlier this week, meaning they reached an injury settlement. There is a chance the Ravens could bring him back in the future.
Josh Wilson Washington Redskins CB Josh recently got back onto the field with Washington, after having surgery on his left shoulder.
Will Yeatman Miami Dolphins OT Yeatman, a former TE, is being developed into an offensive tackle in Miami.

Alright, did I miss anyone? Anyone have additional info? Let us know below.