February 5, 2011

Super Bowl scorers: Where'd they go to school?

Nine former Miami Hurricanes have scored touchdowns in the Super Bowl, while six former Notre Dame players have done so.

No other college program has more than five former players reach the end zone in the NFL's "ultimate game." But if Pittsburgh Steelers running back Rashard Mendenhall scores against Green Bay in Super Bowl XLV on Sunday, Illinois will have its sixth player to notch a Super Bowl touchdown.

In fact, that would make the second year in a row for an Illini player to accomplish that feat and the third time in five years.

Last season, New Orleans' Pierre Thomas, a former Illini running back, scored on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Drew Brees. In 2007, Indianapolis cornerback Kelvin Hayden returned an interception 56 yards for a score in the Colts' 29-17 victory over Chicago.

While Illinois could have a sixth player score a Super Bowl touchdown, several schools have a good chance for their first.

Green Bay's Donald Driver is from Alcorn State, Greg Jennings is from Western Michigan and James Jones is from San Jose State, all programs that have yet to have an alum score in the Super Bowl.

In addition, Pittsburgh's Antonio Brown could be the first from Central Michigan and Mike Wallace could be the first from Ole Miss.

Here's a look at the colleges who have had alums score Super Bowl touchdowns. This does not include guys who threw TD passes - just players who actually have scored.

Miami (9)
Bill Miller, Oakland (scored 2)
Pete Banaszak, Oakland
Ottis Anderson, New York Giants (2)
Michael Irvin, Dallas (2)
Jimmie Jones, Dallas
Duane Starks, Baltimore Ravens
Devin Hester, Chicago
Reggie Wayne, Indianapolis
Jeremy Shockey, New Orleans

Notre Dame (6)
Dave Casper, Oakland
Rocky Bleier, Pittsburgh
Joe Montana, San Francisco (2)
Mark Bavaro, New York Giants
David Givens, New England
Ricky Watters, San Francisco (2)

Illinois (5)
Jack Squirek, Los Angeles Raiders
Howard Griffith, Denver
Greg Lewis, Philadelphia
Kelvin Hayden, Indianapolis
Pierre Thomas, New Orleans

Michigan State (5)
Herb Adderley, Green Bay
Billy Joe DuPree, Dallas
Muhsin Muhammad, Carolina
Andre Rison, Green Bay
Plaxico Burress, New York Giants

Ohio State (5)
Matt Snell, New York Jets
Mike Vrabel, New England (2)
Keith Byars, New England
Eddie George, Tennessee (2)
Santonio Holmes, Pittsburgh

Michigan (4)
Mike Bass, Washington
Rob Lytle, Denver
Desmond Howard, Green Bay
Ty Law, New England

Nebraska (4)
Roger Craig, San Francisco (4)
Irving Fryar, New England
Tom Rathman, San Francisco (2)
Eric Johnson, Oakland

Syracuse (4)
John Mackey, Baltimore Colts
Larry Csonka, Miami (2)
Joe Morris, New York Giants
David Tyree, New York Giants

Colorado (3)
Boyd Dowler, Green Bay
Cullen Bryant, Los Angeles Rams
Cliff Branch, Oakland (3)

Florida State (3)
Zeke Mowatt, New York Giants
William Floyd, San Francisco
Derrick Brooks, Tampa Bay

Georgia (3)
Fran Tarkenton, Minnesota
Terrell Davis, Denver (3)
Hines Ward, Pittsburgh

Kansas (3)
Curtis McClinton, Kansas City
Larry Brown, Pittsburgh
John Riggins, Washington (2)

Penn State (3)
Franco Harris, Pittsburgh (4)
Jimmy Cefalo, Miami
Matt Suhey, Chicago

Pittsburgh (3)
Mike Ditka, Dallas
Tony Dorsett, Dallas
Curtis Martin, New England
Larry Fitzgerald, Arizona

Texas Tech (3)
Donny Anderson, Green Bay
Timmy Smith, Washington (2)
Bam Morris, Pittsburgh

UCLA (3)
Ken Norton Jr., Dallas
DeSean Foster, Carolina
James Washington, Dallas

USC (3)
Mike Garrett, Kansas City
Lynn Swann, Pittsburgh (3)
Marcus Allen, Los Angeles Raiders (2)

Wyoming (3)
Jerry Hill, Baltimore Colts
Jim Kiick, Miami
Jay Novacek, Dallas (2)

Florida (2)
Ricky Nattiel, Denver
Emmitt Smith, Dallas (5)

Grambling (2)
Sammy White, Minnesota
Willie Brown, Oakland

Indiana (2)
Tom Nowatzke, Baltimore Colts
Tracy Porter, New Orleans

Iowa State (2)
Keith Krepfle, Philadelphia
Dan Johnson, Miami

LSU (2)
Jim Taylor, Green Bay
Joseph Addai, Indianapolis

Minnesota (2)
Laurence Maroney, New England
Gary Russell, Pittsburgh

North Carolina (2)
Natrone Means, San Diego
Willie Parker, Pittsburgh

Oklahoma State (2)
Terry Brown, Minnesota
Thurman Thomas, Buffalo (4)

Stanford (2)
Tony Hill, Dallas
John Elway, Denver (4)

Tennessee (2)
Alvin Harper, Dallas
Jamal Lewis, Baltimore Ravens

Tulsa (2)
Howard Twilley, Miami
Drew Pearson, Dallas

Utah (2)
Carl Monroe, San Francisco
Steve Smith, Carolina

Washington (2)
Corey Dillon, New England
Jerramy Stevens, Seattle

West Virginia (2)
Fulton Walker, Miami
Jerry Porter, Oakland

The following schools have had one player score:

Akron
Dwight Smith, Tampa Bay (2)

Alabama A&M
John Stallworth, Pittsburgh (2)

Angelo State (Texas)
Alvin Garrett, Washington

Arizona
Vance Johnson, Denver

Arizona State
Gerald Riggs, Washington (2)

Arkansas
Lance Alworth, Dallas

Augustana (Ill.)
Ken Anderson, Cincinnati

Austin Peay
Percy Howard, Dallas

Boston College
Mark Chmura, Green Bay

BYU
Jim McMahon, Chicago (2)

Cal-Riverside
Butch Johnson, Dallas (2)

Chadron (Neb.) State
Don Beebe, Buffalo (2)

Clemson
William Perry, Chicago

Delaware
Ben Patrick, Arizona

Delaware State
John Taylor, San Francisco (2)

East Carolina
Earnest Byner, Washington

Fresno State
Stephen Baker, New York Giants

Furman
Stanford Jennings, Cincinnati

Hawaii
Golden Richards, Dallas

Houston
Antowain Smith, New England

Iowa
Tim Dwight, Atlanta

James Madison
Gary Clark, Washington (2)

Kansas State
Andre Coleman, San Diego

Kent State
Jerome Harrison, Pittsburgh

Lambuth (Tenn.)
Ron Dixon, New York Giants

Livingstone (N.C.)
Ben Coates, New England

Louisville
Deion Branch, New England

Marshall
Randy Moss, New England

Maryland
Jermaine Lewis, Baltimore Ravens

Memphis State
Isaac Bruce, St. Louis Rams

Mesa State (Colo.)
Tony Martin, San Diego

Miami of Ohio
Ben Roethlisberger, Pittsburgh

Midwestern State (Texas)
Dominic Rhodes, Indianapolis

Mississippi State
Don M. Smith, Buffalo

Mississippi Valley State
Jerry Rice, San Francisco/Oakland (8)

Missouri Southern
Rod Smith, Denver

Mount Union (Ohio)
Pierre Garcon, Indianapolis

Navy
Phil McConkey, New York Giants

New Mexico
Terrence Mathis, Atlanta

North Dakota
Dave Osborn, Minnesota

N.C. State
Torry Holt, St. Louis Rams

Northeastern
Dan Ross, Cincinnati (2)

Northern Iowa
Kurt Warner, St. Louis Rams

Oklahoma
Kenny King, Oakland

Philander Smith (Ark.)
Elijah Pitts, Green Bay (2)

Portland State
Clint Didier, Washington

Prairie View
Otis Taylor, Kansas City

Purdue
Mike Alstott, Tampa Bay

Rice
Earl Cooper, San Francisco

Rutgers
L.J. Smith, Philadelphia

San Diego State
Ronnie Smith, Los Angeles Rams

Santa Clara
Brent Jones, San Francisco

SMU
Reggie Phillips, Chicago

Southern Miss
Brett Favre, Green Bay

South Carolina State
Charlie Brown, Washington

Southwestern Louisiana
Brandon Stokley, Baltimore Ravens

Southwest Texas State
Ricky Sanders, Washington (2)

Temple
Randy Grossman, Pittsburgh

Tennessee State
Mike Hegman, Dallas

Texas-Arlington
Derrick Jensen, Oakland

Tulane
Max McGee, Green Bay (2)

UNLV
Keenan McCardell, Tampa Bay (2)

Villanova
Brian Westbrook, Philadelphia

Virginia Tech
Antonio Freeman, Green Bay (3)

Wabash (Ind.)
Pete Metzelaars, Buffalo

Wake Forest
Ricky Proehl, St. Louis Rams/Carolina (2)

Western Carolina
David Patten, New England

West Texas State
Duane Thomas, Dallas (2)

Winston-Salem (N.C.) State
Yancey Thigpen, Pittsburgh

Wisconsin
Stu Voight, Minnesota

Olin Buchanan is the senior college football writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at olin@rivals.com.


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