By Brian Kuppelweiser for WVUsports.com
September 06, 2012 11:24 PM
Heading into week one of the 2012 NFL season, West Virginia University has 16 former players on NFL rosters.
Here, we take a look at each player’s current team, their expected roles on their teams and how their careers in the NFL have gone thus far:
Corey McIntyre - Buffalo Bills
McIntyre, who lettered with the Mountaineers from 1998-2001, is entering his eighth season in the NFL and fifth with the Buffalo Bills.
The Stuart, Fla., native is listed as the Bills’ starting fullback and was named a special teams captain this past week.
Last season, McIntyre played in all 16 games and recorded 13 tackles, including 11 solo stops, on special teams.
In addition, he had five touches that gained a total of nine yards.
Fans can follow McIntyre on Twitter here - https://twitter.com/CoreyMcintyre38
Brandon Hogan - Carolina Panthers
Hogan lettered at WVU from 2007-10 and was a fourth-round selection by the Carolina Panthers in the 2011 NFL Draft.
After missing a majority of his rookie season due to a torn ACL, Hogan debuted with the Panthers in week 15 against the Houston Texans.
The Leesburg, Va., native registered three tackles last season.
This season, Hogan was placed on injured reserve due to a knee injury, meaning his 2012 season has ended.
Fans can follow Hogan on Twitter here - https://twitter.com/HoganPick6
J.T. Thomas - Chicago Bears
Thomas, a sixth round draft pick by the Bears, lettered for the Mountaineers from 2007-10.
During the preseason this year, Thomas made an impact with the Bears, as he started one game, registered 15 tackles and had one pass defended.
Thomas is listed as the on the Bears two-deep as the backup at the Sam linebacker position.
Last season, Thomas was placed on the injured reserve prior to the season with a hip injury.
Fans can follow Thomas on Twitter here - https://twitter.com/TheRealJT3
Adam Jones - Cincinnati Bengals
Jones, who is entering his sixth season in the NFL and third with Cincinnati Bengals, lettered for WVU from 2002-04.
The Atlanta, Ga., native played in eight contests last season and made seven starts. Jones tallied 28 tackles, had six passes defended and returned two punts for 67 yards, including a long of 63 yards.
This season, Jones will provide depth at cornerback and could return punts for the Bengals.
Fans can follow Jones on Twitter here - https://twitter.com/REALPACMAN24
Robert Sands - Cincinnati Bengals
Sands, who lettered with the Mountaineers from 2008-10, was selected in the fifth round by the Cincinnati Bengals during the 2011 NFL Draft.
During the 2011 season, Sands saw action in one game.
On Aug. 24, Sands was placed on injured reserve due to a chest injury.
Fans can follow Sands on Twitter here - https://twitter.com/WVU_Sandman
Don Barclay - Green Bay Packers
Barclay signed with the Packers as an undrafted free agent shortly after the 2012 NFL Draft.
During training camp, Barclay drew rave reviews from the Packers’ coaching staff with his tenacity, technique and balance.
When final cuts were made last week, Barclay found on spot on Green Bay’s 53-man roster as the backup at right tackle.
Barclay tied a school record by playing in 52 games during the course of collegiate career and lettered from 2008-11.
Fans can follow Barclay on Twitter here - https://twitter.com/Barclay_64
Pat McAfee - Indianapolis Colts
McAfee, who lettered for the Mountaineers from 2005-08, is entering his fourth season with Indianapolis Colts after being selected in the seventh round of 2009 NFL Draft.
Last season, McAfee averaged 46.6 yards per punt, which ranked ninth in the NFL, and had 21 of his punts downed inside the 20-yard line.
In addition, 41 of McAfee’s 63 kickoffs went for touchbacks.
Fans can follow McAfee on Twitter here - https://twitter.com/PatMcAfeeShow
Ellis Lankster - New York Jets
Lankster is entering his third season in the NFL and his second season with the Jets after being selected by the Buffalo Bills in the seventh round of the 2009 NFL Draft.
Last season, Lankster played in seven games and made six tackles.
The Mobile, Ala., native, who lettered with the Mountaineers from 2007-08, is listed as a backup cornerback on the Jets’ depth chart.
Fans can follow Lankster on Twitter here - https://twitter.com/EllisLankster26
Owen Schmitt - Oakland Raiders
Schmitt starred for the Mountaineer from 2005-07 and was selected in the fifth round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Seattle Seahawks.
After spending two seasons each with the Seahawks and the Philadelphia Eagles, Schmitt signed as a free agent with Oakland Raiders.
Schmitt is listed as the backup at fullback for the Raiders.
Last season, Schmitt carried the ball four times for six yards and had three receptions that totaled 32 yards. In addition, he contributed on special teams.
Fans can follow Schmitt on Twitter here - https://twitter.com/OwenSchmitt
Will Johnson - Pittsburgh Steelers
After going undrafted and unsigned following the 2011 NFL Draft, Johnson worked three jobs and continued to train in order to fulfill his dream of playing in the NFL.
After an impressive workout at WVU’s pro day in March, the Pittsburgh Steelers signed Johnson to a contract on March 21.
During training camp this season, Johnson became the Steelers’ starter at fullback after a season-ending injury to incumbent starter David Johnson that occurred in the team’s first game of the preseason.
Johnson lettered with the Mountaineers from 2007-10.
Fans can follow Johnson on Twitter here - https://twitter.com/willjohnson_6
Ryan Mundy - Pittsburgh Steelers
Mundy, who lettered for the Mountaineers during the 2007 season, was selected in the sixth round of the 2008 NFL Draft by the Pittsburgh Steelers.
Now entering his fourth season with the Steelers, Mundy is listed as the backup at free safety, but will most likely start against the Denver Broncos on Sunday night.
During the 2011 season, Mundy played in all 16 games, collected 37 tackles and had one interception.
Fans can follow Mundy on Twitter here - https://twitter.com/RMundy29
Bruce Irvin - Seattle Seahawks
Irvin, who was the highest selected Mountaineer in the NFL Draft since Jones (sixth overall) in 2005, lettered with the Mountaineers during the 2010-11 seasons.
The Atlanta, Ga., native is listed as the backup at right defensive end for the Seahawks, but he will also see playing time as an edge rusher on passing downs.
Irvin collected four tackles, 1.5 sacks and one forced fumble during the preseason.
Fans can follow Irvin on Twitter here - https://twitter.com/BIrvin_WVU11
Najee Goode - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Goode was selected in the fifth round of the 2012 NFL Draft by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers after lettering with the Mountaineers from 2008-11.
After a preseason in which he had 12 tackles and one pass defended, Goode is listed as the backup a middle linebacker for the Buccaneers.
Fans can follow Goode on Twitter here - https://twitter.com/All_Goode
Keith Tandy - Tampa Bay Buccaneers
Selected one round after Goode by the Buccaneers in the 2012 NFL Draft, Tandy lettered with the Mountaineers from 2009-11 as a cornerback.
During training camp, however, Tandy began to see action almost exclusively at free safety with the Buccaneers and is listed as the second backup on the depth chart.
In four preseason games, Tandy registered 24 tackles, had one pass defended and made one start.
Fans can follow Tandy on Twitter here - https://twitter.com/kytandy
Darius Reynaud - Tennessee Titans
Reynaud went undrafted in the 2008 NFL Draft, but he is now entering his fourth season in the NFL and first with the Tennessee Titans.
During the preseason, Reynaud turned heads, as he carried the ball 24 times for a total 146 yards and one touchdown, along with hauling in six passes for 26 yards.
Reynaud is listed as the No. 1 at both kick returner and punt returner for the Titans.
The Boutte, La., native, who lettered with the Mountaineers from 2005-07, last saw action in the NFL in 2010 with the New York Giants.
Fans can follow Reynaud on Twitter here - https://twitter.com/dreynaud27
Chris Neild - Washington Redskins
Neild, who burst onto the scene last season with the Redskins after he registered three tackles and 1.5 sacks in his career debut, was selected in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL Draft.
In a backup role during the 2011 season, Neild played all 16 games last season and registered 10 tackles along with two sacks.
In his opening game of the preseason, the Stroudsburg, Pa., native had two tackles and one sack, but just days after the game, Neild tore his ACL at practice and was placed on injured reserve.
Neild lettered with the Mountaineers from 2007-10.
Fans can follow Neild on Twitter here - https://twitter.com/TruckNeild