K-State Places 19 Players on NFL Rosters

MANHATTAN, Kan. - Kansas State placed 19 former players on NFL rosters as teams were mandated to trim their rosters to 53 active players and an eight-man practice squad on Sunday. Of the 19 players, nine are on offense and 10 are on defense.

The longest-tenured former Wildcats include defensive end Darren Howard (10th season), linebacker Mark Simoneau (10th season; injured reserve) and linebacker Monty Beisel (ninth season).

Two players from the 2008 Wildcats captured spots on active rosters, while another was named to the practice squad. First-round selection Josh Freeman was named to the 53-man roster, while Reggie Walker, an undrafted rookie free agent linebacker, won a roster spot with Arizona after an impressive preseason. Defensive lineman Ian Campbell was named to the St. Louis Rams' practice squad.

Also, three veterans begin the 2009 season with a different team as Beisel went from Arizona to Kansas City, Yamon Figurs went from Baltimore to Detroit, and Nick Leckey went from St. Louis to New Orleans.

The NFL season kicks off on Thursday, Sept. 10, while a full slate a games are scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 13.

Wildcats in the NFL - 2009 Opening Day
Name                 Team               Pos.        NFL Exp.
Monty Beisel         Kansas City        LB             9
Ian Campbell*        St. Louis          DE             R
Rock Cartwright      Washington         RB             8
Jeromey Clary        San Diego          OT             3             
Zac Diles            Houston            LB             3
Yamon Figurs         Detroit            WR             3
Josh Freeman         Tampa Bay          QB             R
Darren Howard        Philadelphia       DE             10
Rob Jackson*         Washington         DE             1
James Johnson*       Cincinnati         RB             1
Ben Leber            Minnesota          LB             8
Nick Leckey          New Orleans        C              6
Ryan Lilja           Indianapolis       OG             6
Jon McGraw           Kansas City        S              8
Jordy Nelson         Green Bay          WR             2
Terence Newman       Dallas             CB             7
Mark Simoneau**      New Orleans        LB             10
Darren Sproles       San Diego          RB             5
Reggie Walker        Arizona            LB             R

* Practice Squad
** Placed on Injured Reserve