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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.