Bulldogs in the NFL

Vick Ballard earned the starting job at running back for the Colts. (Andy Lyons/ Getty Images)

Vick Ballard earned the starting job at running back for the Colts. (Andy Lyons/ Getty Images)

Mississippi State has 14 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 started and rushed 13 times for 63 yards and caught one pass for minus-5 yards in a 21-17 win over the Raiders.

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 three solo tackles in a 18-17 loss to the Jets.

Season Stats: three solo tackles

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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 was not active in a 34-28 loss to the 49ers.

Season Stats: N/A

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Fletcher Cox

Height/ Weight: 6-4, 300

Team: Philadelphia Eagles

Position: Defensive tackle

Lettered at MSU: 2009-11

Last Week: Cox started and made three solo tackles, one tackle for loss, one sack and two quarterback hurries in a 33-27 win over the Redskins.

Season Stats: three solo tackles, one tackle for loss, one sack, two quarterback hurries.

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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 returned a kickoff for 30 yards in a 34-28 win over the Packers.

Season Stats: one kickoff return for 30 yards

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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 saw action in a 16-9 win over the Steelers

Season Stats: one game played

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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 started and had seven tackles (two solo, five assists), two quarterback hurries and one fumble recovery in a 23-21 win over the Bills.

Season Stats: seven tackles (two solo, five assists), two quarterback hurries, one fumble recovery

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Cameron Lawrence

Height/ Weight: 6-2, 234

Team: Dallas Cowboys

Position: Linebacker

Lettered at MSU: 2009-12

Last Week: Lawrence was on the practice squad for the 36-31 win over the Giants.

Season Stats: N/A

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Pernell McPhee

Height/ Weight: 6-3, 280

Team: Baltimore Ravens

Position: Defensive end

Lettered at MSU: 2009-10

Last Week: McPhee made one solo tackle in a 49-27 loss to the Broncos.

Season Stats: one solo tackle

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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 was on the physically unable to perform list for a 34-28 loss to the 49ers.

Season Stats: N/A

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Darius Slay

Height/ Weight: 6-0, 192

Team: Detroit Lions

Position: Cornerback

Lettered at MSU: 2011-12

Last Week: Slay started and made four solo tackles and one pass deflection in a 34-24 win over the Vikings.

Season Stats: four solo tackles, one pass deflection

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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 in a 16-9 win over the Steelers.

Season Stats: One game; one start

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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 made one solo special teams tackle in a 23-21 win over the Bills.

Season Stats: one solo tackle

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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 made four tackles (two solo, two assists) in a 12-7 win over the Panthers.

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

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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  • Cid Riley

    Great job, Mr. Lowry!!
    Its great that fans of a university can follow former players doing good at the next level. MSU has a long legacy of putting players into the NFL.
    #olemissprobation2014

  • http://www.facebook.com/mike.davis.52438174 Mike Davis

    Me and Vick talk on Facebook.I live 5 mins from his hometown of Pascagoula.His dad used to date my nephew mom and he signed alot of MSU items for us.Chris White lives 10 mins from me in Vancleave.

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