SU Players In The NFL: Delone Carter, Doug Hogue Among 10 SU Players On Season-Opening Rosters

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Donovan McNabb: End Of The Road For Former Syracuse Star?

Donovan McNabb watched from the sidelines Sunday as first-round pick Christian Ponder played quarterback for the Minnesota Vikings


SU Players in the NFL, Week 1: Delone Carter Carries Seven Times In Colts Loss

Indianapolis Colts rookie and former Syracuse University running back Delone Carter carried the ball seven times for 25 yards Sunday in a 34-7 loss to the Houston Texans. Carter's longest run was an eight-yard plunge that came at the tail end of the first half. Despite his team's terrible start to the season, Carter had the second-most carriers among the Colts running backs, while starting running back Joseph Addai had team-high eight carries.

Here's a look at how other Syracuse football alums did during Week 1 of the NFL season:

Donovan McNabb (QB, Minnesota Vikings): McNabb completed 7-of-15 passes for just 39 yards in the Vikings 24-17 loss to the San Diego Chargers. McNabb threw for a touchdown and scrambled for 32 yards, but was picked on his first attempt of the game.

Jameel McClain (RILB, Baltimore Ravens): Made one tackle in the Raven's 35-7 victory over division rival the Pittsburgh Steelers.

Olindo Mare (K, Carolina Panthers): Made three extra points in the Panthers' 28-21 loss to the Arizona Cardinals.

Doug Hogue (LB, Detroit Lions): Was inactive for the Lions contest against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Dwight Freeney (DE, Colts): Started, but did not record a tackle or sack.

Steve Gregory (SS, San Diego Chargers): Made one tackle for the Chargers.


SU Players In NFL: Delone Carter, Doug Hogue Join Ranks

Rookies Delone Carter (Indianapolis Colts) and Doug Hogue (Detroit Lions) are among 10 former Syracuse University players to earn NFL roster spots as the 2011 NFL season begins.

Carter, a running back selected in the fourth round, gained 92 yards on 22 carries (4.2 yards per carry) in the preseason. Hogue, a linebacker selected in the fifth round, made seven tackles during the Lions four preseason games.

Here are the other former SU players on NFL rosters:

- Dwight Freeney (DE, Indianapolis) — A six-time Pro Bowler and three-time All Pro who had 10 sacks a season ago.

- Steve Gregory (DB, San Diego Chargers) — A strong safety entering his sixth season, Gregory started nine games last season.

- Tanard Jackson (S, Tampa Bay Buccaneers) — Entering his fifth season, Jackson started just two games a season after being a regular his first three years in Tampa Bay.

- Arthur Jones (DT, Baltimore Ravens) — Played in just two games in 2010 as a rookie.

- Olindo Mare (K, Carolina Panthers) — Entering his 15th season in the league, Mare is in his first year in Carolina.

- Jameel McClain (LB, Baltimore Ravens) — A fourth-year pro, 2010 was McClain’s first as a starter for Baltimore.

- Donvan McNabb (QB, Minnesota Vikings) — Starting over in Minnesota after a tumultuous season with the Washington Redskins. McNabb is in his 13th season and has been to six Pro Bowls.

- Anthony Smith (DB, Tennessee Titans) — Smith is in his sixth year in the NFL. He split last season with Jacksonville and Green Bay.

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