Bulldogs in the NFL

Darius Slay has started three games as a rookie for the Lions. (AP Photo/Jose Juarez)

Darius Slay has started three games as a rookie for the Lions. (AP Photo/Jose Juarez)

Mississippi State has 18 former players active on NFL rosters. Each week, Logan Lowery of the Daily Journal checks in on how those Bulldog alumni are performing at the professional level.

Vick Ballard

Height/ Weight: 5-10, 224

Team: Indianapolis Colts

Position: Running back

Lettered at MSU: 2010-11

Last Week: Ballard was on injured reserve (knee) for a 42-28 loss to the Bengals.

Season Stats: 13 carries for 63 yards; one catch for minus-5 yards.

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Johnthan Banks

Height/ Weight: 6-2, 185

Team: Tampa Bay Buccaneers

Position: Cornerback

Lettered at MSU: 2009-12

Last Week: Banks started and made two solo tackles, one pass deflection and one interception returned for 18 yards.

Season Stats: 42 tackles (37 solo, five assists); three interceptions; six pass deflections

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Josh Boyd

Height/ Weight: 6-3, 310

Team: Green Bay Packers

Position: Defensive tackle

Lettered at MSU: 2009-12

Last Week: Boyd made two tackles (one solo, one assist) in a 22-21 win over the Falcons.

Season Stats: two tackles (one solo, one assist)

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Chad Bumphis

Height/ Weight: 5-10, 202

Team: Jacksonville Jaguars

Position: Wide Receiver

Lettered at MSU: 2009-12

Last Week: Bumphis was signed to the Jaguars practice squad on Monday.

Season Stats: N/A

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Jamar Chaney

Height/ Weight: 6-0, 242

Team: Free Agent

Position: Linebacker

Lettered at MSU: 2005-07, 2009

Last Week: Chaney was waived by the Falcons in October.

Season Stats: one game played

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Arceto Clark

Height/ Weight: 5-10, 180

Team: Free Agent

Position: Wide receiver

Lettered at MSU: 2008, 2010-12

Last Week: Clark was waived by the Seahawks in November.

Season Stats: N/A

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Fletcher Cox

Height/ Weight: 6-4, 300

Team: Philadelphia Eagles

Position: Defensive tackle/ End

Lettered at MSU: 2009-11

Last Week: Cox started and had three tackles (two solo, one assist) and one pass deflection in a 34-20 win over the Lions.

Season Stats: 31 tackles (23 solo, eight assists); four tackles for loss, three sacks; seven quarterback hurries; three pass deflections; one fumble recovery.

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Anthony Dixon

Height/ Weight: 6-1, 233

Team: San Francisco 49ers

Position: Running back

Lettered at MSU: 2006-09

Last Week: Dixon saw action in a 19-17 win over the Seahawks.

Season Stats: four kickoff returns for 95 yards; 26 carries for 61 yards, two touchdowns; one catch for three yards; four solo tackles; one forced fumble; one tackle for loss

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Antonio Johnson

Height/ Weight: 6-3, 328

Team: Tennessee Titans

Position: Defensive tackle

Lettered at MSU: 2005-06

Last Week: Johnson made two solo tackles in a 51-28 loss to the Broncos.

Season Stats: 19 tackles (13 solo, six assists); three sacks; three tackles for loss; three quarterback hurries

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Tommy Kelly

Height/ Weight: 6-6, 310

Team: New England Patriots

Position: Defensive tackle

Lettered at MSU: 2001-03

Last Week: Kelly was on injured reserve (knee) for a 27-26 win over the Browns.

Season Stats: 22 tackles (12 solo, 10 assists); six quarterback hurries; one fumble recovery; 2.5 sacks; 2.5 tackles for loss

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Cameron Lawrence

Height/ Weight: 6-2, 234

Team: Dallas Cowboys

Position: Linebacker

Lettered at MSU: 2009-12

Last Week: Lawrence made one solo special teams tackle in a 45-28 loss to the Bears.

Season Stats: seven solo tackles

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Kyle Love

Height/ Weight: 6-1, 315

Team: Free Agent

Position: Defensive tackle

Lettered at MSU: 2006-09

Last week: Love was released by the Chiefs last week.

Season stats: one game played

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Pernell McPhee

Height/ Weight: 6-3, 280

Team: Baltimore Ravens

Position: Defensive end/ outside linebacker

Lettered at MSU: 2009-10

Last Week: McPhee had one assisted tackle in a 29-26 win over the Vikings.

Season Stats: 20 tackles (13 solo, seven assists); five tackles for loss; six quarterback hurries; 2.5 sacks; one pass deflection; one forced fumble

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Derek Sherrod

Height/ Weight: 6-5, 321

Team: Green Bay Packers

Position: Offensive tackle

Lettered at MSU: 2007-10

Last Week: Sherrod saw action in a 22-21 win over the Falcons.

Season Stats: four games played

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Darius Slay

Height/ Weight: 6-0, 192

Team: Detroit Lions

Position: Cornerback

Lettered at MSU: 2011-12

Last Week: Slay was not active in a 34-20 loss to the Packers.

Season Stats: 30 tackles (21 solo, nine assists), five pass deflections

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David Stewart

Height/ Weight: 6-7, 313

Team: Tennessee Titans

Position: Offensive tackle

Lettered at MSU: 2001-04

Last Week: Stewart started and had one tackle in a 51-28 loss to the Broncos.

Season Stats: 11 games played; 11 starts; two tackles

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Chris White

Height/ Weight: 6-3, 238

Team: New England Patriots

Position: Linebacker

Lettered at MSU: 2009-10

Last Week: White saw action in a 27-26 win over the Browns.

Season Stats: eight tackles (four solo, four assists)

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K.J. Wright

Height/ Weight: 6-4, 246

Team: Seattle Seahawks

Position: Linebacker

Lettered at MSU: 2007-10

Last Week: Wright started and had three tackles (two solo, one assist) in a 19-17 loss to the 49ers.

Season Stats: 80 tackles (46 solo, 34 assists); 1.5 sacks; two quarterback hurries; four pass deflections; one fumble recovery; five tackles for loss

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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