ACC/NC Players On 53-Man NFL Rosters, Practice Squads

Wolfpack, Tar Heels Lead In-State Programs;
Clemson, Miami, Pitt, Virginia Tech Top ACC Numbers

By David Glenn
North Carolina Sports Network

National Football League teams had until Aug. 29 at 4 pm to trim their rosters from 90 to 53 players. Later, they were able to sign 16 additional players to their practice squads.

Below are the players from North Carolina-based college football programs and/or Atlantic Coast Conference football programs who made either a 53-man NFL roster, 16-man practice squad or (as shown in parentheses) remain on the roster as an inactive player with an injury or other special designation.

As usual, among in-state programs, NC State (27) and UNC (20) have the most players on NFL rosters. The in-state ACC theme continues with Wake Forest (17) and Duke (15).

Among in-state programs beyond the ACC, Appalachian State (13) of the Sun Belt Conference, East Carolina (8) of the American Athletic Conference and Charlotte (5), a new member of the AAC, lead the way.

Campbell, Elon, Fayetteville State, Gardner-Webb, Lenoir-Rhyne, North Carolina A&T, UNC Pembroke, Western Carolina and Wingate also are represented on extended NFL rosters, with one or two players each.

Among ACC programs, Clemson (42), Miami (31), Pittsburgh (28), Virginia Tech (28), NC State (27), Florida State (20) and UNC (20) have the most players on NFL rosters.

(NOTES: 1-The list below may change daily because of additional roster transactions; 2-Not all players who finished their college careers elsewhere are included below, as they are listed on NFL rosters with only the final college they attended, but we are attempting to include those players, too, with the appropriate notations.)


Appalachian State (13)
Name, Position, NFL Team, Experience
Akeem Davis-Gaither, LB, Bengals, 4
Darrynton Evans, RB, Dolphins, 4 (practice squad)
Nick Hampton, OLB, Rams, R
Tae Hayes, CB, Ravens, 3 (practice squad)
Cooper Hodges, OT, Jaguars, R
D’Marco Jackson, LB, Saints, 2
Shemar Jean-Charles, CB, 49ers, 3 (practice squad)
Shaun Jolly, DB, Rams, 2 (reserve/injured)
Kendall Lamm, OT, Dolphins, 8
Sam Martin, P, Bills, 11
Ryan Neuzil, OL, Falcons, 2
Henry Pearson, FB, Packers, R (practice squad)
Jalen Virgil, WR, Broncos, 2 (reserve/injured)

Campbell (2)
Brevin Allen, OLB, Chargers, R (practice squad)
Julian Hill, TE, Dolphins, R

Charlotte (5)
Nate Davis, OL, Bears, 5
Grant DuBose, WR, Packers, R (practice squad)
Alex Highsmith, LB, Steelers, 4
Larry Ogunjobi, DT, Steelers, 7
Markees Watts, OLB, Buccaneers, R

Duke (15)
Josh Blackwell, DB, Bears, 2
Jake Bobo, WR, Seahawks, R
Brittain Brown, RB, Raiders, 2 (reserve/injured) — finished at UCLA
Michael Carter II, CB, Jets, 3
Jamison Crowder, WR, Commanders, 9 (practice squad)
Victor Dimukeje, OLB, Cardinals, 3
Joe Giles-Harris, LB, Patriots, 2 (practice squad)
Shaka Heyward, LB, Bengals, R (practice squad)
Noah Gray, TE, Chiefs, 3
Thomas Hennessy, LS, Jets, 7
Deon Jackson, RB, Colts, 3
Daniel Jones, QB, Giants, 5
Lucas Patrick, OL, Bears, 7
Chris Rumph II, OLB, Chargers, 3
Laken Tomlinson, OG, Jets, 9

East Carolina (8)
Holton Ahlers, QB, Seahawks, R (practice squad)
Ryan Jones, TE, Giants, R (practice squad)
Zay Jones, WR, Jaguars, 7
Ja’Quan McMillian, CB, Broncos, 1
Gardner Minshew, QB, Colts, 5 — finished at Washington State
Keaton Mitchell, RB, Ravens, R (reserve/injured)
D’Ante Smith, OT, Bengals, 3
Isaiah Winstead, WR, 49ers, R (practice squad)

Elon (1)
Olisaemeka Udoh, OG, Vikings, 5

Fayetteville State (2)
Kion Smith, OT, Dolphins, 1
Joshua Williams, CB, Chiefs, 2

Gardner-Webb (1)
TJ Luther, WR, Patriots, R (practice squad)

Lenoir-Rhyne (2)
Kyle Dugger, DB, Patriots, 4
Dareke Young, WR, Seahawks, 2

North Carolina (20)
Dyami Brown, WR, Commanders, 3
Michael Carter, RB, Jets, 3
Ty Chandler, RB, Vikings, 2
Josh Downs, WR, Colts, R
Joshua Ezeudu, OL, Giants, 2
Tomon Fox, OLB, Giants, 2 (practice squad)
Antoine Green, WR, Lions, R
Charlie Heck, OT, Texans (reserve/PUP)
Cole Holcomb, LB, Steelers, 5
Mack Hollins, WR, Falcons, 7
Sam Howell, QB, Commanders, 2
Mike Hughes, CB, Falcons, 6 — finished at Central Florida
James Hurst, OL, Saints, 10
Marcus McKethan, OL, Giants, 2
Asim Richards, OL, Cowboys, R
Andre Smith, ILB, Falcons, 4 (practice squad)
MJ Stewart, S, Texans, 6
Chazz Surratt, LB, Jets, 2
Mitch Trubisky, QB, Steelers, 7
Javonte Williams, RB, Broncos, 3

North Carolina A&T (1)
Ricky Lee, OT, Panthers, R

NC State (27)
Garrett Bradbury, OC, Vikings, 5
Jacoby Brissett, QB, Commanders, 8
Bradley Chubb, LB, Dolphins, 6
AJ Cole, P, Raiders, 5
Ikem Ekwonu, OT, Panthers, 2
Trenton Gill, P, Bears, 2
BJ Hill, DT, Bengals, 6
Nyheim Hines, RB, Bills, 6 (reserve/non-football injury)
Tanner Ingle, S, Rams, R (practice squad)
Justin Jones, DT, Bears, 6
Vi Jones, LB, Seahawks, 2
Zonovan Knight, RB, Lions, 2 (practice squad)
Nick McCloud, CB, Giants, 3 — finished at Notre Dame
TY McGill, DL, 49ers, 8 (practice squad)
Alim McNeill, DL, Lions, 3
Jakobi Meyers, WR, Raiders, 5
Larrell Murchison, DT, Rams, 4
Derrek Pitts, CB, Buccaneers, R
Germaine Pratt, LB, Bengals, 5
James Smith-Williams, DE, Commanders, 4
Kentavius Street, DL, Eagles, 5
Drake Thomas, LB, Seahawks, R
Thayer Thomas, WR, Vikings, R (practice squad)
Joe Thuney, OG, Chiefs, 8
Marquez Valdes-Scantling, WR, Chiefs, 6 — finished at South Florida
Russell Wilson, QB, Broncos, 12 — finished at Wisconsin
Chandler Zavala, OG, Panthers, R

UNC Pembroke (1)
Domenique Davis, DT, Bengals, 1 (practice squad)

Wake Forest (17)
Essang Bassey, CB, Broncos, 4
Boogie Basham, DE, Giants, 3
Jessie Bates III, S, Falcons, 6
Greg Dortch, WR, Cardinals, 3
Nate Gilliam, OC, Bengals, 1 (practice squad)
Phil Haynes, OG, Seahawks, 5
Justin Herron, OT, Raiders, 4
Luke Masterson, LB, Raiders, 2
AT Perry, WR, Saints, R
Justin Strnad, LB, Broncos, 4
Ja’Sir Taylor, DB, Chargers, 2
Zach Tom, OL, Packers, 2
Kobie Turner, NT, Rams, R
Luiji Vilain, OLB, Vikings, 2 (practice squad)
Kenneth Walker III, RB, Seahawks, 2 — finished at Michigan State
Blake Whiteheart, TE, Cardinals, R (practice squad)
John Wolford, QB, Buccaneers, 4 (practice squad)

Western Carolina (2)
Keion Crossen, DB, Dolphins, 6 (reserve/injured)
Cameron McCutcheon, DB, Rams, R (practice squad)

Wingate (1)
Ethan Evans, P, Rams, R



Boston College (16)
Name, Position, NFL Team, Experience
Zach Allen, DE, Broncos, 5
Lucas Denis, S, Falcons, R (practice squad)
AJ Dillon, RB, Packers, 4
Zay Flowers, WR, Ravens, R
Will Harris, CB, Lions, 5
John Johnson III, DB, Rams, 7
Harold Landry III, OLB, Titans, 6
Chris Lindstrom, OG, Falcons, 5
Hunter Long, TE, Rams, 3
Isaiah McDuffie, LB, Packers, 3
Matt Milano, LB, Bills, 7
Zion Johnson, OG, Chargers, 2
Justin Simmons, S, Broncos, 8
Tommy Sweeney, TE, Giants, 5 (reserve/non-football illness)
Tyler Vrabel, OL, Falcons, 1 (practice squad)
Isaac Yiadom, CB, Saints, 6

Clemson (42)
Davis Allen, TE, Rams, R
Tremayne Anchrum Jr., Rams, 4
Andrew Booth Jr., CB, Vikings, 2
Bryan Bresee, DT, Saints, R
Austin Bryant, DL, 49ers, 5
Jackson Carman, OT, Bengals, 3
Travis Etienne Jr., RB, Jaguars, 3
Clelin Ferrell, DL, 49ers, 5
Mario Goodrich, CB, Eagles, 1
KJ Henry, DE, Commanders, R
Tee Higgins, WR, Bengals, 4
DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Titans, 10
Albert Huggins, DL, Falcons, 4
Grady Jarrett, DL, Falcons, 9
Jayron Kearse, S, Cowboys, 8
Dexter Lawrence II, DL, Giants, 5
Trevor Lawrence, QB, Jaguars, 3
Shaq Lawson, DE, Bills, 8
Ray-Ray McCloud, WR, 49ers, 6
Jordan McFadden, OL, Chargers, R
Trayvon Mullen, CB, Ravens, 5 (reserve/non-football injury)
Myles Murphy, DE, Bengals, R
Tanner Muse, LB, Chargers, 4
Joseph Ngata, WR, Eagles, R (practice squad)
Bradley Pinion, P, Falcons, 9
Cornell Powell, WR, Chiefs, 1 (practice squad)
DJ Reader, DT, Bengals, 8
Hunter Renfrow, WR, Raiders, 5
Amari Rodgers, WR, Colts, 3 (practice squad)
Justyn Ross, WR, Chiefs, 2
Tyler Shatley, OL, Jaguars, 10
Isaiah Simmons, LB, Giants, 4
John Simpson, OG, Ravens, 4
Trenton Simpson, LB, Ravens, R
Baylon Spector, LB, Bills, 2 (reserve/injured)
AJ Terrell, CB, Falcons, 4
K’Von Wallace, S, Cardinals, 4
Carlos Watkins, DT, Cardinals, 7
Deshaun Watson, QB, Browns, 7
Christian Wilkins, DT, Dolphins, 5
DeShawn Williams, DT, Panthers, 5
Mike Williams, WR, Chargers, 7

Florida State (20)
Cam Akers, RB, Rams, 3
Brian Burns, OLB, Panthers, 5
Dalvin Cook, RB, Jets, 7
Jashaun Corbin, RB, Panthers, 1 (practice squad)
Ronald Darby, CB, Ravens, 9
Mario Edwards Jr., DE, Seahawks, 9
Graham Gano, K, Giants, 14
Dustin Hopkins, K, Browns, 10
Derwin James Jr., S, Chargers, 6
Jermaine Johnson, LB, Jets, 2
Roderick Johnson, OT, Eagles, 5 (reserve/injured)
Derrick Nnadi, DT, Chiefs, 6
Jalen Ramsey, CB, Dolphins, 8 (reserve/injured)
Jammie Robinson, S, Panthers, R
Janarius Robinson, DE, Raiders, 3 (practice squad)
Asante Samuel Jr., CB, Chargers, 3
Josh Sweat, DE, Eagles, 6
Keir Thomas, OLB, Rams, 2 (practice squad)
DeMarcus Walker, DL, Bears, 7
Jameis Winston, QB, Saints, 9

Georgia Tech (15)
Harrison Butker, K, Chiefs, 7
Tariq Carpenter, LB, Packers, 2 (practice squad)
Devin Cochran, OT, Bengals, 1 (reserve/injured)
Tyler Davis, TE, Packers, 4 (reserve/injured)
Adam Gotsis, DL, Jaguars, 8
Hassan Hall, RB, Browns, R (practice squad)
Pressley Harvin III, P, Steelers, 3
Jordan Mason, RB, 49ers, 2
Shaq Mason, OG, Texans, 9
Kyric McGowan, WR, Commanders, 1 (reserve/injured)
Tre Swilling, CB, 49ers, 1 (practice squad)
Charlie Thomas III, LB, Browns, R (practice squad)
Juanyeh Thomas, S, Cowboys, 1
Darren Waller, TE, Giants, 7
Keion White, DE, Patriots, R

Louisville (12)
Yasir Abdullah, LB, Jaguars, R
Jaire Alexander, CB, Packers, 6
Tutu Atwell, WR, Rams, 3
Mekhi Becton, OT, Jets, 4
Teddy Bridgewater, QB, Lions, 10
Malik Cunningham, QB, Patriots, R (practice squad)
Kei’Trel Clark, CB, Cardinals, R
Yaya Diaby, OLB, Buccaneers, R
Dez Fitzpatrick, WR, Steelers, 2 (practice squad)
Lamar Jackson, QB, Ravens, 6
DeVante Parker, WR, Patriots, 9
Sheldon Rankins, DT, Texans, 8

Miami (31)
Michael Badgley, K, Lions, 6 (practice squad)
Braxton Berrios, WR, Dolphins, 6
Artie Burns, CB, Seahawks, 8 (practice squad)
Deon Bush, DB, Chiefs, 8 (practice squad)
Calais Campbell, DL, Falcons, 16
Adrian Colbert, DB, Bears, 6 (reserve/injured)
Deejay Dallas, RB, Seahawks, 4
Dee Delaney, DB, Buccaneers, 3
Phillip Dorsett, WR, Broncos, 9 (practice squad)
Jon Feliciano, OL, 49ers, 9
Jonathan Ford, DL, Packers, 2 (practice squad)
Jimmy Graham, TE, Saints, 13
Lou Hedley, P, Saints, R
Travis Homer, RB, Bears, 5
DJ Ivey, CB, Bengals, R
Michael Jackson, CB, Seahawks, 3
Rayshawn Jenkins, S, Jaguars, 7
Caleb Johnson, LB, Jets, R (practice squad)
Brevin Jordan, TE, Texans, 3
Will Mallory, TE, Colts, R
Al-Quadin Muhammad, DE, Colts, 7 (practice squad)
David Njoku, TE, Browns, 7
KJ Osborn, WR, Vikings, 4
Denzel Perryman, LB, Texans, 9
Jaelan Phillips, LB, Dolphins, 3
Shaquille Quarterman, LB, Jaguars, 4
Charleston Rambo, WR, Eagles, R (reserve/injured)
Sheldrick Redwine, S, Cowboys, 4 (practice squad)
Greg Rousseau, DE, Bills, 3
DJ Scaife, OT, Texans (reserve/injured)
Tyrique Stevenson, DB, Bears, R

Pittsburgh (28)
Israel Abanikanda, RB, Jets, R
Cal Adomitis, LS, Bengals, 2
Deslin Alexandre, DL, Bears, R (practice squad)
Tyler Boyd, WR, Bengals, 8
James Conner, RB, Cardinals, 7
SirVocea Dennis, LB, Buccaneers, R
Ben DiNucci, QB, Broncos, 2 (practice squad) — finished at James Madison
Aaron Donald, DT, Rams, 10
Erick Hallett II, CB, Steelers, R (practice squad)
Damar Hamlin, S, Bills, 3
Brandon Hill, S, Texans, R (practice squad/injured)
Dane Jackson, CB, Bills, 4
Pat Jones II, OLB, Vikings, 3
Jaryd Jones-Smith, OT, Commanders, 1 (practice squad)
Calijah Kancey, DL, Buccaneers, R
Lucas Krull, TE, Broncos, 1 (practice squad)
Avonte Maddox, CB, Eagles, 6
Damarri Mathis, CB, Broncos, 2
Jimmy Morrissey, OC, Texans, 3 (practice squad)
Qadree Ollison, RB, Steelers, 5 (practice squad)
Brian O’Neill, OT, Vikings, 6
Nathan Peterman, QB, Bears, 7
Kenny Pickett, QB, Steelers, 2
Jason Pinnock, S, Giants, 3
Carter Warren, OT, Jets, R (practice squad)
Rashad Weaver, OLB, Titans, 3
Jordan Whitehead, S, Jets, 6
K’Waun Williams, CB, Broncos, 9 (reserve/injured)

Syracuse (13)
Matthew Bergeron, OL, Falcons, R
Andre Cisco, S, Jaguars, 3
Nolan Cooney, P, Cardinals, 1
Tommy DeVito, QB, Giants, R (practice squad) — finished at Illinois
Riley Dixon, P, Broncos, 8
Zaire Franklin, LB, Colts, 6
Trishton Jackson, WR, Vikings, 2 (practice squad)
Kingsley Jonathan, DE, Bills, 2
Chandler Jones, DE, Raiders, 12
Ifeatu Melifonwu, S, Lions, 3
Chris Slayton, DL, Packers, 1 (practice squad)
Sean Tucker, RB, Buccaneers, R
Garrett Williams, CB, Cardinals, R (reserve/non-football injury)

Virginia (9)
Bryce Hall, CB, Jets, 4
Anthony Johnson, DB, Saints, R (practice squad)
Rodney McLeod, S, Browns, 12
Morgan Moses, OT, Ravens, 10
Juan Thornhill, S, Browns, 5
Brent Urban, DE, Ravens, 10
Dontayvion Wicks, WR, Packers, R
Jelani Woods, TE, Colts, 2 (reserve/injured)
Olamide Zaccheaus, WR, Eagles, 5

Virginia Tech (28)
Amare Barno, OLB, Panthers, 2
Raheem Blackshear, RB, Panthers, 2
Duane Brown, OT, Jets, 16
Chuck Clark, S, Jets, 7 (reserve/injured)
Chamarri Conner, DB, Chiefs, R
Christian Darrisaw, OT, Vikings, 3
Divine Deablo, LB, Raiders, 3
Silas Dzansi, OT, Buccaneers, R (practice squad)
Terrell Edmunds, S, Eagles, 6
Tremaine Edmunds, LB, Bears, 6
Brandon Facyson, CB, Raiders, 6
Caleb Farley, CB, Titans, 3 (reserve/PUP)
Isaiah Ford, WR, Bears, 5 (reserve/injured)
Kendall Fuller, CB, Commanders, 8
Khalil Herbert, RB, Bears, 3
Brock Hoffman, OC, Cowboys, 1 (practice squad)
Hendon Hooker, QB, Lions, R (reserve/non-football injury) — finished at Tennessee
Dalton Keene, TE, Texans, 2 (practice squad)
James Mitchell, TE, Lions, 2
Yosh Nijman, OT, Packers, 4
John Parker Romo, K, Bears, R (practice squad)
Tim Settle, DT, Bills, 6
Joey Slye, K, Commanders, 5
Greg Stroman Jr, DB, Bears, 4 (practice squad)
Tyrod Taylor, QB, Giants, 13
Wyatt Teller, OG, Browns, 6
Luke Tenuta, OT, Packers, 2 (reserve/injured)
Logan Thomas, TE, Commanders, 9