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Andy Wittry | | February 4, 2018

Breaking down the Super Bowl LII rosters by college representation

  Former Tennessee defensive end Derek Barnett was drafted by the Eagles 14th overall in last year's NFL Draft.

Sunday night's Super Bowl LII matchup between the New England Patriots and Philadelphia Eagles is a rematch of Super Bowl XXXIX, which New England won 24-21. The Patriots are in pursuit of their sixth Super Bowl victory and the Eagles are aiming for their first.

Both teams are full of former NCAA student-athletes who have found success at the highest level professionally. Twenty-three schools will have multiple former student-athletes represented on the active roster of one of the two teams in this year's Super Bowl. In total, there are 69 schools represented by their former student-athletes who are playing in the Super Bowl.

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Four schools – Florida State, Michigan, Stanford and West Virginia – have four former student-athletes on the Patriots or Eagles' active rosters. All four former Seminoles appear on the Eagles' defense: linebacker Nigel Bradham, cornerback Ronald Darby, defensive tackle Tim Jernigan and cornerback Patrick Robinson.

Three of the four former Wolverines play for the Patriots, quarterback Tom Brady: defensive lineman Alan Branch and linebacker David Harris. Eagles defensive end Brandon Graham also attended Michigan.

Three of the former Stanford student-athletes will face off with Eagles tight end Zach Ertz going up against Patriots defensive backs Johnson Bademosi and Jordan Richards. Patriots offensive lineman Cameron Fleming also attended Stanford.

West Virginia fans will likely be cheering for the Eagles because all four former Mountaineers in the Super Bowl play for Philadelphia – cornerback Rasul Douglas, wide receiver Shelton Gibson, linebacker Najee Goode and running back Wendell Smallwood.

Here's the full list of participants and their college affiliation:

School Number of Players
Florida State 4
Michigan 4
Stanford 4
West Virginia 4
Arizona 3
Florida 3
Oregon 3
Rutgers 3
Wisconsin 3
Arkansas 2
Cincinnati 2
Georgia 2
Memphis 2
Nebraska 2
Oklahoma 2
Oregon State 2
Pittsburgh 2
South Carolina 2
Texas 2
Texas Tech 2
Virginia 2
Washington 2

The Pac-12 leads all conferences with 21 former players in the Super Bowl. The Big Ten (19) and SEC (18) aren't far behind, followed by the ACC (13) and Big 12 (11). The AAC has eight former student-athletes in the Super Bowl.

New England Patriots

Here's a breakdown of the Patriots' active roster.

Player School Position
Dwayne Allen Clemson TE
Ryan Allen Louisiana Tech P
Danny Amendola Texas Tech WR
David Andrews Georgia C
Johnson Bademosi Stanford CB
Brandon Bolden Ole Miss RB
Tom Brady Michigan QB
Alan Branch Michigan DL
Kenny Britt Rutgers WR
Malcom Brown Texas DL
Rex Burkhead Nebraska RB
Adam Butler Vanderbilt DL
Malcolm Butler West Alabama CB
Joe Cardona Navy LS
Patrick Chung Oregon S
Brandin Cooks Oregon State WR
Cole Croston Iowa OL
James Develin Brown FB
Phillip Dorsett Miami (FL) WR
Cameron Fleming Stanford OL
Marquis Flowers Arizona LB
Trey Flowers Arkansas DL
Mike Gillislee Florida RB
Stephon Gilmore South Carolina CB
Stephen Gostkowski Memphis K
Nicholas Grigsby Pittsburgh LB
Geneo Grissom Oklahoma DL
Rob Gronkowski Arizona TE
Lawrence Guy Arizona State DL
Duron Harmon Rutgers DB
David Harris Michigan LB
James Harrison Kent State LB
Chris Hogan Monmouth WR
Jacob Hollister Wyoming TE
Brian Hoyer Michigan State QB
Ricky Jean Francois LSU DL
Ted Karras Illinois G
Brandon King Auburn DB
Eric Lee South Florida DL
Dion Lewis Pittsburgh RB
Shaq Mason Georgia Tech OL
Devin McCourty Rutgers DB
Bernard Reedy Toledo WR
Jordan Richards Stanford DB
Elandon Roberts Houston LB
Eric Rowe Utah DB
Matthew Slater UCLA WR
Nate Solder Colorado OT
Joe Thuney NC State G
Kyle Van Noy BYU LB
LaAdrian Waddle Texas Tech OL
James White Wisconsin RB
Deatrich Wise Arkansas DL

Philadelphia Eagles

Here's a breakdown of the Eagles' active roster.

Player School Position
Nelson Agholor USC WR
Jay Ajayi Boise State RB
Beau Allen Wisconsin DT
Kenjon Barner Oregon RB
Derek Barnett Tennessee DE
Will Beatty UConn T
LeGarrette Blount Oregon RB
Nigel Bradham Florida State LB
Bryan Braman West Texas A&M DE
Brandon Brooks Miami (OH) G
Trey Burton Florida TE
Brent Celek Cincinnati TE
Corey Clement Wisconsin RB
Fletcher Cox Mississippi State DT
Vinny Curry Marshall DE
Ronald Darby Florida State CB
Rasul Douglas West Virginia CB
Dannell Ellerbe Georgia LB
Jake Elliott Memphis K
Zach Ertz Stanford TE
Nick Foles Arizona QB
Nathan Gerry Nebraska LB
Shelton Gibson West Virginia WR
Najee Goode West Virginia LB
Brandon Graham Michigan DE
Corey Graham New Hampshire S
Kamu Grugler-Hill Eastern Illinois LB
Mack Hollins North Carolina WR
Alshon Jeffery South Carolina WR
Malcolm Jenkins Ohio State S
Tim Jernigan Florida State DT
Lane Johnson Oklahoma T
Marcus Johnson Texas WR
Donnie Jones LSU P
Sidney Jones Washington CB
Jason Kelce Cincinnati C
Mychal Kendricks California LB
Chris Long Virginia DE
Rick Lovato Old Dominion LS
Rodney McLeod Virginia S
Steven Means Buffalo DE
Jalen Mills LSU CB
Elijah Qualls Washington DT
Patrick Robinson Florida State CB
Isaac Seumalo Oregon State G
Wendell Smallwood West Virginia RB
Torrey Smith Maryland WR
Nate Sudfeld Indiana QB
Destiny Vaeao Washington State DT
Halapoulivaati Vaitai TCU T
Chance Warmack Alabama G
Jaylen Watkins Florida S
Stefen Wisniewski Penn State G/C

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