Washington Redskins quarterback Nate Sudfeld (2) throws a pass as he is pressured by Tampa Bay Buccaneers linebacker Luke Rhodes (46) during the first quarter of Wednesday's preseason game. (Jason Behnken | Associated Press

Latham, Sudfeld sticking with NFL teams #iufb

UPDATE (3:50 p.m.): Running back Stephen Houston, who recently worked as a strength and conditioning assistant on Tom Crean’s staff, has been added to Baltimore’s practice squad, according to Jeff Zrebiec of the Baltimore Sun.

UPDATE (4:30 p.m.): New Orleans will add defensive end Bobby Richardson to its practice squad, according to The Advocate’s Nick Underhill.

UPDATE (6:30 p.m.): The Jacksonville Jaguars have added wide receiver Shane Wynn to the practice squad, per ESPN.

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Darius Latham made the cut. So did Nate Sudfeld.

NFL teams trimmed their rosters to the 53-man limit on Saturday afternoon, completing a process that saw a collection of former Hoosiers rewarded.

Latham, a defensive tackle who went undrafted after foregoing his senior season at Indiana, will stick with the Oakland Raiders, while Sudfeld seemed to make the most of his preseason with the Washington Redskins.

Although Sudfeld compelted only 52.8 percent of his passes, he threw three touchdowns and zero picks. He started Washington’s preseason finale on Wednesday, playing through a downpour in Tampa. The rain didn’t help his stat line — he completed only eight of his 18 passes for 72 yards — but he did throw a pretty 13-yard touchdown pass in the third quarter.

Other former Hoosiers weren’t so lucky.

The New Orleans Saints cut Bobby Richardson despite a pretty solid rookie season from the defensive end in 2015. Richardson played in 15 games last year, starting 11. He made 40 tackles to go along with one interception.

A pair of former IU offensive linemen were unable to make the Atlanta Falcons’ roster. The team cut Collin Rahrig on Friday and previously reached an injury settlement with Jake Reed, who injured his foot in the middle of August.

The Jacksonville Jaguars cut receiver/return man Shane Wynn and tackle Andrew McDonald was released by the Houston Texans, while long snapper Matt Dooley was cut by the Pittsburgh Steelers last month.

Here’s a look at the full list of Indiana products positioned to enter the season on NFL rosters:

Jason Spriggs, T, Green Bay Packers
Jordan Howard, RB, Chicago Bears
Nate Sudfeld, QB, Washington Redskins
Darius Latham, DT, Oakland Raiders
Tevin Coleman, RB, Atlanta Falcons
Cody Latimer, WR, Denver Broncos
Rodger Saffold, G, Los Angeles Rams
Tracy Porter, DB, Chicago Bears

5 comments

  1. Latham and Sudfeld recruited and molded by Wilson and staff are flashing green lights for quality HS talent looking for a place that will help them develop for their goal. I honestly believe in 2 years and on the outside 3, IU’s DL will be as vaunted as Frey’s OL has been for the past 3-4 years.

  2. Does that translate into 6 and 7 wins (500% record) for program per season? I don’t say this sarcastically, but looking at side of the conference IU is on just where are wins going to come from? Plus I would like to see one notable pre-season game. In conclusion based on IU fb history that would be a pretty good success.

  3. IU can win all 3 OOC games and all 5 B1G games between 10/15 and 11/12 are attainable to allow IU to keep the flag flying. That would be an impressive # of W’s. That would make Tom Allen the most loved man In Indiana since Tiller retired.

  4. You are exactly right, HC. Including practice squads, 11 Hoosiers getting paid by NFL teams! That’s got to be a record for IU. I hope IU’s Athletic department is planning to spread the word and make some noise about that. That’s the type of information that can help recruiting immediately, especially when four of those players were on last year’s roster. And given how fast O-lineman get injured, I’m guessing Rahrig will be added to an NFL roster within a few weeks.

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