16 WILDCATS MAKE NFL ROSTERS

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Final preseason cuts have been made by National Football League teams with 16 former K-Staters still on NFL rosters.

Rock Cartwright and Ben Leber are set to enter their 11th year in the National Football League, while Jon McGraw and Terence Newman are ready to enter their 10th professional season.

As part of the 53-man rosters, Cartwright is with the Oakland Raiders, Leber with St. Louis, McGraw with Kansas City and Newman with the Dallas Cowboys.

The lone former Wildcat to make a NFL team as a rookie is Miami running back Daniel Thomas, who was drafted in the second round of this past year's draft.

Additionally, four organizations have two former Wildcats on its roster as Thomas is joined by tight end Jeron Mastrud in Miami, McGraw and offensive lineman Ryan Lilja are playing for the Chiefs, quarterback Josh Freeman and linebacker Zac Diles are playing for Tampa Bay, and wide receiver/kick return Brandon Banks and linebacker Rob Jackson are teammates for Washington.

Diles was with St. Louis during the preseason but was cut by the Rams on Saturday. He was quickly signed by the Buccaneers on Sunday, who are coached by former Wildcat defensive coordinator Raheem Morris.

The NFL season kicks off on Thursday, September 8, while a full slate a games are scheduled for Sunday, September 11.

Wildcats in the NFL – As of Sept. 7
Name Organization Pos. NFL Exp.
Brandon Banks Washington WR 2
Rock Cartwright Oakland RB 10
Jeromey Clary San Diego OL 5
Zac Diles Tampa Bay LB 5
Josh Freeman Tampa Bay QB 3
Rob Jackson Washington LB 2
Ben Leber St. Louis LB 10
Ryan Lilja Kansas City OL 8
Jeron Mastrud Miami TE 2
Jon McGraw Kansas City S 9
Joshua Moore Chicago CB 2
Jordy Nelson Green Bay WR 4
Terence Newman Dallas CB 9
Darren Sproles New Orleans RB 7
Daniel Thomas Miami RB R
Reggie Walker Arizona LB 3

List does not include practice squad players or those on injured reserve


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