Seven Former Mountaineers in the NFL

Published Friday, September 11, 2015 at 10:02 am
Kendall Lamm made the Houston Texans' active 53-man roster as a rookie free agent. He is one of seven former Mountaineers that begin the 2015 season in the NFL. Photo courtesy: Houston Texans via App State Athletics

Kendall Lamm made the Houston Texans’ active 53-man roster as a rookie free agent. He is one of seven former Mountaineers that begin the 2015 season in the NFL. Photo courtesy: Houston Texans via App State Athletics

Seven former Appalachian State University football student-athletes are part of National Football League rosters heading into the first weekend of the NFL regular season.

Five former Mountaineers begin the 2015 campaign on their teams’ respective 53-man active rosters. The list includes fourth-year running back Travaris Cadet (New England Patriots), fourth-year wide receiver Brian Quick (St. Louis Rams), third-year punter Sam Martin (Detroit Lions), third-year cornerback Demetrius McCray (Jacksonville Jaguars) and rookie offensive lineman Kendall Lamm (Houston Texans).

Lamm beat the odds by making the Texans as an undrafted rookie. He joins a long list of Appalachian State football alumni to become a part of active NFL rosters despite not being drafted. Other notable former Mountaineers on the list include Cadet (who made the New Orleans Saints as an undrafted rookie in 2012), wide receiver/cornerback DeAndre Presley (who saw regular-season action with the Miami Dolphins and Carolina Panthers over the past three seasons), defensive end Jason Hunter (who spent eight seasons in the NFL after making the Green Bay Packers as an undrafted rookie out of App State in 2006) and tight end/current Appalachian IMG Sports Network radio analyst Daniel Wilcox (who also enjoyed an eight-year NFL career after joining the New York Jets as a rookie free agent in 2001).

In addition to the five former Mountaineers on active NFL rosters, fifth-year offensive lineman Daniel Kilgore (San Francisco 49ers) begins the campaign on the physically unable to perform/reserve list while still recovering from a season-ending leg injury sustained last year. He becomes eligible to return to the 49ers’ active roster following the team’s sixth game of the season.

Rounding out the seven former Mountaineers in the NFL, wide receiver Tony Washington (Jacksonville Jaguars) enters his second year as a member of the Jaguars’ 10-player practice squad.

Cadet and the Patriots kick off the 2015 NFL campaign on Thursday night when they host the Pittsburgh Steelers. Quick (vs. Seattle Seahawks), Martin (at San Diego Chargers), McCray (vs. Carolina Panthers) and Lamm (vs. Kansas City Chiefs) open their seasons on Sunday

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