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Oct. 31, 1997

Mid-Season Report Card/Sun Devils in the NFL

As the NFL season is approximately at its halfway mark, here is a look at how ASU graduates are faring in the 1997 NFL season.

There are currently 25 Sun Devils on NFL rosters. Of those 25, 11 are currently starting and 16 have started at some point this season. Nine graduates off of last year's ASU squad are rookies in the NFL this season, three of which are starting heading into week nine. Jake Plummer (Cardinals), Derrick Rodgers (Dolphins) and Derek Smith (Redskins) are rookies on the first team.


Here's a look at each ASU alum in the NFL and their current statistics:

Eric Allen, Saints, CB  10th year
9 starts, 31 tackles, 2 interceptions

Mario Bates, Saints, RB  4th year
8 games, 5 starts, 94 rushes, 393 yards, 
4.2 average, 4 TD's, 4 receptions for 42 yards.

Terry Battle, Lions, RB  1st year
Has not played

Steve Bush, Bengals, TE  1st year
8 games, no receptions, 3rd string

Shante Carver, Cowboys, DE  4th year
Started 8 games, 20 tackles, 3 sacks

Jerone Davison, Raiders, RB  2nd year
5 games, 1 start, no rushes, 
2 receptions for 34 yards

David Dixon, OG, Vikings  4th year
Starting right guard

Eric Guiliford, Saints, WR  4th year
9 games, 1 start, 12 catches for 167 yards

Jim Jeffcoat, Bills, DT  15th year
4 games, 2 tackles, 0.5 sacks

Paul Justin, Colts, QB  3rd year
5 games, 1 start, 52/99 for 601 yards, 
3 TD's, 5 INT's

Jason Kyle, Seahawks, LB  3rd year
Injured Reserve

Randall McDaniel, Vikings, G  10th year
150 carreer games

Isiah Mustafa, Oilers, 1st year
Practice squad

Craig Newsome, Packers, CB  3rd year
1 game, 1 start, knee injury

Anthony Parker, Bucs, CB  8th year
7 games, 7 starts, 32 tackles, 
9 pass deflections

Jake Plummer, Cardinals, QB  1st year
3 games, 1 start, 26/49 for 293 yards, 
3 TD's, 4 INT's

Keith Poole, Saints, WR  1st year
Has not played.

Derrick Rodgers, Dolphins, LB  1st year
8 games, 8 starts, 59 tackles, 
4 sacks, 3 forced fumbles

Juan Roque, Lions, OT  1st year
2nd team right tackle

Dan Saleamua, Seahawks, DT  15th year
8 games, 2 starts, 15 tackles

Derek Smith, Redskins, LB  1st year
8 games, 8 starts, 48 tackles, 2 sacks

Phillippi Sparks, Giants, CB  6th year
7 games, 7 starts, 42 tackles, 
2 INT's, 7 pass deflections

J.T. Thomas, Rams, WR  3rd year
4 games, 2 receptions for 25 yards

Scott Von der Ahe, Colts, LB  1st year
6 games, 2 starts, 16 tackles

Darren Woodson, Cowboys, Safety 6th year
7 games, 7 starts, 42 tackles, 
1 sack, 2 forced fumbles, 1 INT

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