For the opening of the 2009 season and the Dan Mullen era, a total of 74 Bulldogs were able to play an on-field part in the 45-7 victory over visiting Jackson State. The participants are as follows (*--starter; GP-GS in 2009):
*WR Chad Bumphis 1-1, RB Robert Elliot 1-0, WR Brandon Heavens 1-0, *S Charles Mitchell 1-1, WR Brandon McRae 1-0, S Wade Bonner 1-0, WR/KR Leon Berry 1-0, ST Cameron Lawrence 1-0, WR Dennis Thames 1-0, DB Jonathan Banks 1-0, QB Chris Relf 1-0, QB Riley Saunders 1-0, *QB Tyson Lee 1-1, *CB Marcus Washington 1-1, CB/ST Louis Watson 1-0, *LB Jamar Chaney 1-1, *RB Sylvester Hemphill 1-1, CB/ST Corey Broomfield 1-0, *CB Damein Anderson 1-1, ST Tay Bowser 1-0, *RB Christian Ducre 1-1, RB Arnil Stallworth 1-0, WR Taylor Reed 1-0, *TE Marcus Green 1-1, LB Jamie Jones 1-0, *LB K.J. Wright 1-1, RB Patrick Hanrahan 1-0, DE Nick Bell 1-0, K Sean Brauchle 1-1, P Heath Hutchins 1-1, K Derek DePasquale 1-0, ST Marvin Bure 1-0, *S Zach Smith 1-1, LB Bo Walters 1-0, ST Mike Hunt 1-0, DS Aaron Feld 1-1, ST Chris Cameron 1-0, S Emmanuel Gatling 1-0, LB/ST Terrell Johnson 1-0, *LB Chris White 1-1, LB Karlin Brown 1-0, DE Trevor Stigers 1-0, *OG Quentin Saulsberry 1-1, ST Brandon Wilson 1-0, DE Devin Jones, 1-0, *OT Addison Lawrence 1-1, ST D.J. Looney 1-0, ST Reggie Odom 1-0, *OC J. C. Brignone 1-1, ST John McMillan 1-0, OG Mark Melichar 1-0, *OG Craig Jenkins 1-1, ST Phillip Freeman 1-0, *OT Derek Sherrod 1-1, WR Andrew Ellard 1-0, *WR O'Neal Wilder 1-1, TE Thomas Webb 1-0, TE Austin Wilbanks 1-0, TE Brandon Henderson 1-0, WR Chris Smith 1-0, TE Kendrick Cook 1-0, *DL Pernell McPhee 1-1, DT Rodney Prince 1-0, *DT Charles Burns 1-1, *DE Brandon Cooper 1-1, DT Fletcher Cox 1-0, *DT Kyle Love 1-1, ST Shane McCardell 1-0, DT Josh Boyd 1-0, DT LaMarcus Williams 1-0, DE Sean Ferguson, OT Chris Spencer 1-0, OG Templeton Hardy 1-0, WR Kyle Roberts 1-0.
*Players dressed who did not participate were: RB Montrell Conner, QB Daniel Stegall, WR Ricco Sanders, QB Tyler Russell, QB Aaron Encalade, RB LaDarius Perkins, DB Nikoe Whitley, WR Sam Williams, AT Fred Burns, K Baker Swedenburg, WR E.J. Buford, RB William Shumpert, RB Adrian Marcus, RB Allen Tolbert, TE Jordan Blankenship, WR Ryan Elliot, LB Deonte Skinner, LB Tyler Gregory, DE Johnathan McKenzie, OL Gabe Jackson, LB Mark Lynn, DT Joshua Jackson, OC Sam Watts, OL Sam Latham, OL Michael Bufkin, WR Charles Bailey, WR Major Sosebee
*First-time starters were: WR Chad Bumphis, S Charles Mitchell, FB Sylvester Hemphill, CB Damein Anderson, LB Chris White, OT Addison Lawrence, WR O'Neal Wilder, DE Pernell McPhee, DE Brandon Cooper.
*First-time players for State were: Bumphis, WR Brandon Heavens, WR Leon Berry, ST Cameron Lawrence, WR Dennis Thames, DB Jonathan Banks, QB Riley Saunders, ST Louis Watson, Hemphill, DB Corey Broomfield, WR Taylor Reed, FB Patrick Hanrahan, DE Nick Bell, K Sean Brauchle, P Heath Hutchins, K Derek DePasquale, LB Mike Hunt, HO Chris Cameron, White, DE Trevor Stigers, ST Brandon Wilson, DE Devin Jones, A.Lawrence, OT Phillip Freeman, OG Templeton Hardy, Wilder, TE Thomas Webb, WR Chris Smith, WR Kyle Roberts, McPhee, DT Fletcher Cox, DT Josh Boyd, ST Shane McCardell.
*True freshman playing in the opener were: Bumphis, Heavens, C.Lawrence, Banks, Thames, Smith, Cox, Boyd.
*Redshirt freshmen participating in their first games were: Watson, Hemphill, Broomfield, Bell, Hunt, Cameron, Wilson, Hardy, Wilder, McCardell.
*Bulldog game captains were: QB Tyson Lee, LB Jamar Chaney, CB Marcus Washington, OT Derek Sherrod.