47 Ohio State Players On Active NFL Rosters


UPDATED: Tuesday August 2, 2011 5:33 PM

Heading into the first full week of NFL training camps, 47 Ohio State Buckeyes - the most of any Big Ten Conference school - appear on active rosters of 22 teams in the National Football League.

According to Ohio State's sports information department, the St. Louis Rams lead the way with five former Buckeyes while the Minnesota Vikings and the San Francisco 49ers each have four former Buckeyes on their fall camp active roster.

Ohio State's total could grow, with several former players listed as unrestricted free agents and seeking to sign a contract.

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A total of 344 players from the Big Ten are currently on NFL active rosters. After Ohio State's total of 47 is Iowa with 42 NFL roster players, Nebraska with 37, and Michigan and Penn State round out the Top 5 with 35 players apiece. Wisconsin and Illinois have 30 players apiece in camp and are followed by Michigan State (25) and Purdue (24) with Northwestern, Minnesota and Indiana all tied with 13 players.

Ohio State also has six of its former players coaching in the NFL - Jeff Davidson (Minnesota), Pepper Johnson (New England), Dick LeBeau (Pittsburgh), Fred Pagac (Minnesota), Tim Spencer (Chicago) and Tim Walton (Detroit).

And at least seven former assistant coaches/graduate assistants at Ohio State are also coaching in the NFL.

The complete list of Buckeyes in the NFL (based on roster checks of all 32 teams on NFL.com and on each team's official Web site) is below:  

Arizona Cardinals
RB Beanie Wells -3rd year

Baltimore Ravens
OG Justin Boren - Rookie
LS Kevin Houser - 11th year (currently an unrestricted free agent)

Buffalo Bills
S Donte Whitner - 6th year (currently an unrestricted free agent)
CB Ashton Youboty - 6th year (currently an unrestricted free agent)

Carolina Panthers
CB Chris Gamble - 8th year
TE Ben Hartsock - 8th year

Chicago Bears
LB  Vernon Gholston - 4th year
WR Dane Sanzenbacher - Rookie

Cincinnati Bengals
DB Nate Clements - 11th year
K Mike Nugent - 7th year

Cleveland Browns
WR Brian Robiskie - 3rd year

Detroit Lions
LB Bobby Carpenter - 6th year (currently an unrestricted free agent)
DT Quinn Pitcock - 5th year
OG Rob Sims - 6th year

Green Bay Packers
LB A.J. Hawk - 6th year
DT Ryan Pickett - 11th year
RB Brandon Saine - Rookie

Indianapolis Colts
WR Anthony Gonzalez - 5th year

Kansas City Chiefs
DB Donald Washington - 3rd year

Miami Dolphins
WR Brian Hartline - 3rd year
DE Robert Rose - 2nd year
Austin Spitler - 2nd year

Minnesota Vikings
LB Ross Homan - Rookie
WR Michael Jenkins - 8th year
DB Devon Torrence - Rookie
DB Antoine Winfield - 13th year

New Orleans Saints
DB Malcolm Jenkins - 3rd year
DT Dexter Larimore - Rookie
DE Will Smith - 8th year

New York Giants
TE Jake Ballard - 2nd year
OC Jim Cordle - 2nd year

New York Jets
WR Santonio Holmes - 6th year
OC Nick Mangold - 6th year

Oakland Raiders
DB Chimdi Chekwa - Rookie

Philadelphia Eagles
DB Kurt Coleman - 2nd year
LB Brian Rolle - Rookie

Pittsburgh Steelers
DB Will Allen - 8th year
DE Cam Heyward - Rookie

San Francisco 49ers
OT Alex Boone - 2nd year
DE Thaddeus Gibson - 2nd year
WR Ted Ginn - 5th year
LB Larry Grant - 4th year

St. Louis Rams
OG Bryant Browning - Rookie
LB Na'il Diggs - 12th year 
DB Jermale Hines - Rookie
LB James Laurinaitis - 3rd year
LS Jake McQuaide - Rookie

Tampa Bay Buccaneers
DT Doug Worthington - 1st year

Washington Redskins
DB Anderson Russell - 2nd year
DE Darrion Scott - 5th year

Ohio State NFL Coaching Ties:

  • Dom Capers - defensive coordinator, Green Bay Packers (Ohio State assistant coach 1982-83)
  • Pete Carroll - head coach, Seattle Seahawks (Ohio State assistant coach 1979)
  • Larry Coyer - defensive coordinator, Indianapolis Colts (Ohio State assistant coach 1991-92)
  • Jeff Davidson - offensive line coach, Minnesota Vikings (played at Ohio State 1986-88)
  • Pepper Johnson - defensive line, New England Patriots (played at Ohio State 1982-85)
  • Dick LeBeau - defensive coordinator, Pittsburgh Steelers (played at Ohio State 1955-58) 
  • Fred Pagac - defensive coordinator, Minnesota (played at Ohio State 1971-73; Ohio State assistant coach 1978-2000)
  • Rob Ryan - defensive coordinator, Dallas Cowboys (Ohio State graduate assistant coach in 1988)
  • Lovie Smith - head coach, Chicago Bears (Ohio State assistant coach in 1995)
  • Tim Spencer - running backs coach, Chicago Bears (played at Ohio State 1979-82; Ohio State assistant from 1994-2003)
  • Mel Tucker - defensive coordinator, Jacksonville (Ohio State assistant coach 2001-04)
  • Bobby Turner - assistant head coach/running backs coach, Washington Redskins (Ohio State assistant 1989-90)
  • Tim Walton - secondary coach, Detroit Lions (played for Ohio State 1990-93)

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