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Greg Cote: Florida stocks NFL with players

 

gcote@MiamiHerald.com

I like to offer an annual NFL state-of-the-state report for Florida, one of the league’s great pipelines, and as usual our state colleges are gushing players into the pros, and good ones, too.

Let’s get right to it. A look at the current number of active NFL players, starters, non-active players and practice-squad players, by college, as of this week:

•  Miami: 38 active players (23 starters), plus 3 inactive and 4 practice squad. UM’s 38 actives rank third among all colleges; Southern Cal leads with 40.

Most notable: Where to start? WR Andre Johnson (Houston), TE Jimmy Graham (New Orleans), WR Reggie Wayne (Indianapolis) and RB Frank Gore (San Francisco) are fantasy football gold. Top defensive Canes include DT Vince Wilfork (New England), S Ed Reed (Houston) and LB Jon Beason (Carolina). Oh, and return specialist Devin Hester (Chicago). There were six Pro Bowl Canes from last season: Gore, Johnson, C Chris Myers (Houston), Reed, Wayne and Wilfork.

•  Florida State: 31 active (19 starters), 4 inactive, 4 practice.

Most notable: WR Anquan Boldin (San Francisco), QBs Christian Ponder (Minnesota) and EJ Manuel (Buffalo) and CB Antonio Cromartie (Jets). Cromartie was the only ex-Nole to make the most recent Pro Bowl.

•  Florida: 28 active (10 starters), 5 inactive, 1 practice.

Most notable: CB Joe Haden (Cleveland), S Major Wright (Chicago), C Mike Pouncey (Miami), LB Brandon Spikes (New England), DE Carlos Dunlap (Cincinnati) and S Matt Elam (Baltimore).

•  South Florida: 13 active (4 starters), 1 inactive.

Most notable: DE Jason Pierre-Paul (New York Giants), LB Stephen Nicholas (Atlanta) and CB Mike Jenkins (Oakland). Pierre-Paul made the most recent Pro Bowl.

•  UCF: 10 active (6 starters), 2 inactive, 2 practice.

Most notable: WR Brandon Marshall (Chicago) and CB Asante Samuel (Atlanta). Marshall made the most recent Pro Bowl, as did OG Josh Sitton (Green Bay).

•  FIU: 5 active (1 starter), 1 inactive.

Most notable: WR T.Y. Hilton (Indianapolis) and S Johnathan Cyprien (Jacksonville).

•  FAU: 3 active (1 starter), 1 practice.

Most notable: RB Alfred Morris (Washington).

•  Bethune-Cookman: 2 active, 1 practice.

•  Florida A&M: 1 inactive, 2 practice.

Here is our State Fantasy Deadly Dozen, this season’s top 12 ranked fantasy football players from state colleges as of Thursday afternoon, via ESPN.com. Number listed refers to combined percentage of owned and started, maximum 200:

 1. TE Jimmy Graham, Miami (New Orleans), 200.0.

1. RB Alfred Morris, FAU (Washington), 200.0.

 3. RB Frank Gore, Miami (San Francisco), 197.8.

 4. WR Brandon Marshall, UCF (Chicago), 196.0.

 5. K Matt Prater, UCF (Denver), 195.0.

 6. WR Reggie Wayne, Miami (Indianapolis), 191.1.

 7. WR Andre Johnson, Miami (Houston), 183.0.

 8. WR Anquan Boldin, Florida State (San Francisco), 164.3.

 9. TE Greg Olsen, Miami (Carolina), 155.0.

10. RB Lamar Miller, Miami (Miami), 154.0.

11. K Sebastian Janikowski, FSU (Oakland), 143.4.

12. T.Y. Hilton, FIU (Indianapolis), 117.4.

Finally, the Redskins and Texans tie for the most state school active players in 2013 with nine each. San Diego has the fewest with one (FIU LB Tourek Williams).

The Texans have the most active ex-Canes with five: Johnson, Myers, Reed, CB Brandon Harris and LB Darryl Sharpton.

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