February 7, 2010

Super Bowl: Where the players came from

This season's version of "the ultimate game" is Sunday, and we have broken down the rosters by where the players went to college and high school.

(We admit it: We used the "ultimate game" reference so we could bring up one of the great sports quotes of all time. Iconoclastic Dallas running back Duane Thomas was asked before Super Bowl VI about playing in the ultimate game. Thomas' response: "If it's the ultimate game, how come they're playing it again next year?")

Anyway, here is a look at the makeup of the Colts' and Saints' rosters.

College backgrounds

Half of the 120 schools - and 10 of the 11 conferences - who play FBS football will have players in Sunday's Super Bowl.

The Big Ten and SEC lead the way with 16 alums each. The Big 12 is third with 14, followed by the ACC with 11, the Pac-10 with 10, the Big East with eight, the Mid-American with seven, the Mountain West with six and Conference USA and the WAC with one each. The only FBS conference without an alum in the big game is the Sun Belt.

In addition, 10 players whose alma maters play FCS football will be in the Super Bowl; there also will be three Division II players, a Division III player (Indianapolis' Pierre Garcon) and one player who went to college in Canada.

Tennessee has four alums in the game, the most of any school. Schools with three players are Georgia Tech, LSU, Miami, Michigan, Nebraska and USC. Schools with two alums are Arizona State, BYU, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas State, Kent State, Northwestern, Ohio State, Oklahoma, Oklahoma State, Pittsburgh, Purdue, Rutgers and San Diego State.

Some higher-profile schools that don't have any alums in the game include Florida State, Notre Dame, Penn State and UCLA.

High school backgrounds

Players who played their high school football in 33 states and in the District of Columbia will be on the field Sunday for the Super Bowl.

Texas leads the way with 17 players, including two from Garland's Naaman Forest High (Indianapolis defensive backs Melvin Bullitt and Jacob Lacey) and two from Southlake's Carroll High (New Orleans quarterback Chase Daniel and New Orleans kicker Garrett Hartley). There also are two players from Homestead (Fla.) High: Indianapolis defensive end Eric Foster and New Orleans defensive end Bobby McCray. McCray's dad, Bobby Sr., is Homestead's coach.

There are 10 former California high school players, followed by seven from Florida; six for Georgia, Louisiana and Pennsylvania; five from South Carolina; four from New Jersey and Virginia; three from Arizona, Illinois, Indiana and Ohio; and two from Alabama, Connecticut, Iowa, Maryland, Oklahoma and New York. States with one player are Hawaii, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Mississippi, Missouri, Nebraska, New Mexico, North Carolina, Oregon, Rhode Island, South Dakota and Tennessee.

There is one player who went to high school in New Orleans (Indianapolis quarterback Peyton Manning) and two players who went to high school in Indianapolis (New Orleans wide receiver Courtney Roby and New Orleans defensive end Paul Spicer).

One player - Indianapolis running back Chad Simpson - is playing in the Super Bowl in his hometown of Miami. Foster and McCray are in their home county; Homestead is in southern Dade County, about 45 miles south of Sun Life Stadium, where the game will be played.

INDIANAPOLIS
OFFENSE
QUARTERBACKS
PlayerCollegeHigh school
Peyton ManningTennesseeNew Orleans Isidore Newman
Curtis PainterPurdueVincennes (Ind.) Lincoln
RUNNING BACKS
PlayerCollegeHigh school
Joseph AddaiLSUHouston Sharpstown
Donald BrownConnecticutRed Bank (N.J.) Red Bank Catholic
Mike HartMichiganOnondaga (N.Y.) Nedrow
Chad SimpsonMorgan StateMiami Edison
WIDE RECEIVERS
PlayerCollegeHigh school
Hank BaskettNew MexicoClovis (N.M.) High
Austin CollieBYUEl Dorado Hills (Calif.) Oak Ridge
Pierre GarconMount UnionLake Worth (Fla.) Leonard
Sam GiguereSherbrooke (Can.)Champlain (Ontario)
Reggie WayneMiamiMarrero (La.) John Ehret
TIGHT ENDS
PlayerCollegeHigh school
Dallas ClarkIowaBode (Iowa) Twin River Valley
Colin ClohertyBrownWashington (D.C.) Gonzaga
Gijon RobinsonMissouri WesternWaynesville (Mo.) High
Jacob TammeKentuckyDanville (Ky.) Boyle County
LINEMEN
PlayerCollegeHigh school
C Jeff SaturdayNorth CarolinaTucker (Ga.) Shamrock
G Kyle DeVanOregon StateVacaville (Calif.) High
G Ryan LiljaKansas StateShawnee Mission (Kan.) Northwest
G Mike PollakArizona StateTempe (Ariz.) Corona Del Sol
G Jamey RichardBuffaloWeston (Conn.) High
T Ryan DiemNorthern IllinoisCarol Stream (Ill.) Glenbard North
T Charlie JohnsonOklahoma StateSherman (Texas) High
T Michael ToudouzeTCUSan Antonio East Central
T Tony UgohArkansasHouston Westfield
DEFENSE
LINEMEN
PlayerCollegeHigh school
E Ervin BaldwinMichigan StateMontezuma (Ga.) Macon County
E Raheem BrockTemplePhiladelphia Dobbins
E Keyunta Dawson Texas TechShreveport (La.) Evangel Christian
E Eric FosterRutgersHomestead (Fla.) High
E Dwight FreeneySyracuseBloomfield (Conn.) High
E Robert MathisAlabama A&MAtlanta McNair
T John GillNorthwesternSan Jose Bellarmine Prep
T Antonio JohnsonMississippi StateLeland (Miss.) High
T Fili MoalaUSCAnaheim (Calif.) Western
T Daniel MuirKent StateRiverdale (Md.) Parkdale
LINEBACKERS
PlayerCollegeHigh school
Gary BrackettRutgersGlassboro (N.J.) High
Cody GlennNebraskaRusk (Texas) High
Ramon HumberNorth Dakota State Champlin (Minn.) Champlin Park
Freddy KeiahoSan Diego StateVentura (Calif.) Buena
Clint SessionPittsburghPompano Beach (Fla.) Ely
Philip WheelerGeorgia TechColumbus (Ga.) Shaw
DEFENSIVE BACKS
PlayerCollegeHigh school
CB Kelvin HaydenIllinoisChicago Hubbard
CB Tim JenningsGeorgiaOrangeburg (S.C.) Orangeburg-Wilkinson
CB Jacob LaceyOklahoma StateGarland (Texas) Naaman Forest
CB Jerraud PowersAuburnDecatur (Ala.) High
CB T.J. RushingStanfordPauls Valley (Okla.) High
S Antoine BetheaHowardNewport News (Va.) Denbigh
S Melvin BullittTexas A&MGarland (Texas) Naaman Forest
S Aaron FranciscoBYUKahuku (Hawaii) High
S Jamie SilvaBoston CollegeEast Providence (R.I.) High
SPECIALISTS
PlayerCollegeHigh school
P Pat McAfeeWest VirginiaPittsburgh Plum
K Matt StoverLouisiana TechDallas Lake Highlands
K Adam VinatieriSouth Dakota State Rapid City (S.D.) Central
LS Justin SnowBaylorAbilene (Texas) High
NEW ORLEANS
OFFENSE
QUARTERBACKS
PlayerCollegeHigh school
QB Drew BreesPurdueAustin (Texas) Westlake
QB Chase DanielMissouriSouthlake (Texas) Carroll
QB Mark BrunellWashingtonSanta Maria (Calif.) St. Joseph
RUNNING BACKS
PlayerCollegeHigh school
Mike BellArizonaTolleson (Ariz.) High
Reggie BushUSCLa Mesa (Calif.) Helix
Lynell HamiltonSan Diego StateStockton (Calif.) Edison
Pierre ThomasIllinoisLansing (Ill.) Thornton Fractional South
FB Kyle EckelNavyMerion (Pa.) Episcopal Academy
WIDE RECEIVERS
PlayerCollegeHigh school
Adrian ArringtonMichiganCedar Rapids (Iowa) Washington
Marques ColstonHofstraHarrisburg (Pa.) Susquehanna Township
Devery Henderson LSUOpelousas (La.) High
Robert MeachemTennesseeTulsa (Okla.) Washington
Lance MooreToledoWesterville (Ohio) South
Courtney RobyIndianaIndianapolis North Central
TIGHT ENDS
PlayerCollegeHigh school
Darnell DinkinsPittsburghPittsburgh Schenley
Tory HumphreyCentral MichiganSaginaw (Mich.) High
Jeremy ShockeyMiamiAda (Texas) High
David ThomasTexasWolfforth (Texas) Frenship
LINEMEN
PlayerCollegeHigh school
C Jonathan GoodwinMichiganHopkins (S.C.) Lower Richland
C Nick LeckeyKansas StateGrapevine (Texas) High
G Jahri EvansBloomsburg (Pa.)Philadelphia Frankford
G Jamar NesbitSouth CarolinaSummerville (S.C.) High
G Carl NicksNebraskaSalinas (Calif.) North
T Jermon BushrodTowsonKing George (Va.) High
T Jon StinchcombGeorgiaLilburn (Ga.) Parkview
T Zach StriefNorthwesternMilford (Ohio) High
DEFENSE
LINEMEN
PlayerCollegeHigh school
E Jeff CharlestonIdaho StateIndependence (Ore.) Central
E Bobby McCrayFloridaHomestead (Fla.) High
E Will SmithOhio StateUtica (N.Y.) Proctor
E Paul SpicerSaginaw Valley (Mich.) Indianapolis Northwest
T Remi AyodeleOklahomaGrand Prairie (Texas) South Grand Prairie
T Sedrick EllisUSCChino (Calif.) High
T Anthony Hargrove Georgia TechPort Charlotte (Fla.) High
T DeMario Pressley North Carolina StateGreensboro (N.C.) Dudley
LINEBACKERS
PlayerCollegeHigh school
Jonathan CasillasWisconsinNew Brunswick (N.J.) High
Troy EvansCincinnatiWest Chester (Ohio) Lakota
Scott FujitaCaliforniaOxnard (Calif.) Rio Mesa
Marvin MitchellTennesseeNorfolk (Va.) Lake Taylor
Scott ShanleNebraskaSt. Edward (Neb.) High
Jonathan VilmaMiamiCoral Gables (Fla.) High
Anthony WatersClemsonLake View (S.C.) High
DEFENSIVE BACKS
PlayerCollegeHigh school
CB Randall GayLSUBrusly (La.) High
CB Jabari GreerTennesseeJackson (Tenn.) South Side
CB Malcolm JenkinsOhio StatePiscataway (N.J.) High
CB Tracy PorterIndianaPort Allen (La.) High
S Roman HarperAlabamaPrattville (Ala.) High
S Pierson PrioleauVirginia TechMoncks Corner (S.C.) Macedonia
S Chris ReisGeorgia TechRoswell (Ga.) High
S Darren SharperWilliam & MaryRichmond (Va.) Hermitage
S Usama YoungKent StateUpper Marlboro (Md.) Largo
SPECIALISTS
PlayerCollegeHigh school
K Garrett HartleyOklahomaSouthlake (Texas) Carroll
P Thomas MorsteadSMUPearland (Texas) High
LS Jason KyleArizona StateTempe (Ariz.) McClintock

Mike Huguenin is the college sports editor for Rivals.com. He can be reached at mhuguenin@rivals.com.


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