Georgia State’s Sullivan tallies season-high 5 tackles, 24 Sun Belt alumni appear in NFL week 9

Published 2:07 pm Tuesday, November 9, 2021

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Twenty-four Sun Belt alumni appeared in Week 9 of the National Football League (NFL) season, with 10 earning starts for their respective squads.

Eight Sun Belt alumni on the defensive side of the ball accumulated 19 tackles, two tackles for loss, two quarterback hits, one pass defended and one sack. Arkansas State alumnus and New Orleans Saints linebacker Demario Davis paced all Sun Belt alumni with six tackles on the week, while Georgia State product Chandon Sullivan—a defensive back for the Green Bay Packers—added a season-high five tackles, including one for a loss.

Troy alumnus and Buffalo Bills defensive lineman Mario Addison made it back-to-back weeks with a sack, which was also a tackle for loss and quarterback hit.

Defensive back Anthony Chesley (Coastal Carolina, Indianapolis Colts), defensive back Josh Norman (Coastal Carolina, San Francisco 49ers), defensive back Kindle Vildor (Georgia Southern, Chicago Bears), defensive lineman Justin Hamilton (Louisiana, Dallas Cowboys) and defensive lineman Christian Ringo (Louisiana, New Orleans Saints) also contributed to the defensive stat line.

Miami Dolphins wide receiver Kirk Merritt out of Arkansas State (1 Reception, 13 Yards), Kansas City Chiefs running back Jerick McKinnon out of Georgia Southern (3 Receptions, 26 Yards) and Miami Dolphins wide receiver Albert Wilson out of Georgia State (1 Reception, 11 Yards) caught passes in Week 9.

Running backs Elijah Mitchell of the San Francisco 49ers and Derrick Gore of the Kansas City Chiefs got touches on the ground and through the air. Louisiana product Mitchell tallied 36 yards on eight carries and 43 yards on five catches. ULM alumnus Gore registered 13 yards on three rushes and a six-yard reception.

Former Georgia Southern kicker Tyler Bass went 2-for-2 on field goals, connecting from 24 and 41 yards. Atlanta Falcons kicker Younghoe Koo, also out of Georgia Southern, was 2-for-2 on field goals and 3-for-3 on extra points, converting on a 32-yarder and a game-winning 29-yarder as time expired. Denver Broncos punter Sam Martin out of App State amassed 94 yards on three punts.

Akeem David-Gaither (App State, Cincinnati Bengals), Colby Gossett (App State, Atlanta Falcons), Shemar Jean-Charles (App State, Green Bay Packers), Tarron Jackson (Coastal Carolina, Philadelphia Eagles), Raymond Johnson III (Georgia Southern, New York Giants), Kevin Dotson (Louisiana, Pittsburgh Steelers), Robert Hunt (Louisiana, Miami Dolphins) and Aaron Brewer (Texas State, Tennessee Titans) also saw the field in Week 9.

Through nine games, Louisiana alumnus offensive lineman Robert Hunt has appeared on every offensive snap for the Miami Dolphins.

Forty-nine Sun Belt alumni—representing all 10 football programs—earned NFL roster spots entering the 2021 season, with 33 on active rosters, 11 on 16-man practice squads and two on injured reserve lists during Week 9.

Sun Belt football alumni dot 24-of-32 NFL rosters.

App State
* Ronald Blair – DL, New York Jets
Akeem Davis-Gaither – LB, Cincinnati Bengals (1 G)
^ Darrynton Evans – RB, Tennessee Titans
Colby Gossett – OL, Atlanta Falcons (1 G)
Shemar Jean-Charles – DB, Green Bay Packers (1 G)
Kendall Lamm – OL, Tennessee Titans (N/A)
Sam Martin – P, Denver Broncos (1 G, 1 GS, 3 Punts, 94 Yards)
* Ryan Neuzil – OL, Atlanta Falcons
* Josh Thomas – S, Buffalo Bills

Arkansas State
Demario Davis – LB, New Orleans Saints (1 G, 1 GS, 6 Tackles)
* Aaron Donkor – LB, Seattle Seahawks
J.D. McKissic – RB, Washington Football Team (Bye Week)
Kirk Merritt – WR, Miami Dolphins (1 G, 1 Reception, 13 Yards)

Coastal Carolina 
Anthony Chesley – DB, Indianapolis Colts (1 G, 1 Tackle)
Tarron Jackson – DL, Philadelphia Eagles (1 G)
Josh Norman – DB, San Francisco 49ers (1 G, 1 GS, 2 Tackles)

Georgia Southern
Tyler Bass – K, Buffalo Bills (1 G, 1 GS, 2-for-2 FG)
Matt Breida – RB, Buffalo Bills (N/A)
Raymond Johnson III – DL, New York Giants (1 G)
Younghoe Koo – K, Atlanta Falcons (1 G, 1 GS, 2-for-2 FG, 3-for-3 XP)
Jerick McKinnon – RB, Kansas City Chiefs (1 G, 3 Receptions, 26 Yards)
Kindle Vildor – DB, Chicago Bears (1 G, 1 GS, 2 Tackles, 1 Pass Defended)

Georgia State 
Penny Hart – WR, Seattle Seahawks (Bye Week)
^ Wil Lutz – K, New Orleans Saints
Chandon Sullivan – DB, Green Bay Packers (1 G, 1 GS, 5 Tackles, 1 TFL)
Albert Wilson – WR, Miami Dolphins (1 G, 1 Reception, 11 Yards)

* Ja’Marcus Bradley – WR, Cleveland Browns
Kevin Dotson – OL, Pittsburgh Steelers (1 G, 1 GS)
Justin Hamilton – DL, Dallas Cowboys (1 G, 2 Tackles)
Robert Hunt – OL, Miami Dolphins (1 G, 1 GS)
* Elijah McGuire – RB, Kansas City Chiefs
Elijah Mitchell – RB, San Francisco 49ers (1 G, 1 GS, 8 Rushes, 36 Yards, 5 Receptions, 43 Yards)
* Trey Ragas – RB, Las Vegas Raiders
Christian Ringo – DL, New Orleans Saints (1 G, 1 QB Hit)
Tracy Walker III – S, Detroit Lions (Bye Week)

Derrick Gore – RB, Kansas City Chiefs (1 G, 3 Rushes, 13 Yards, 1 Reception, 6 Yards)
* Josh Johnson – RB, Seattle Seahawks

South Alabama
* Kawaan Baker – WR, New Orleans Saints
Gerald Everett – TE, Seattle Seahawks (Bye Week)
* Jeremy Reaves – DB, Washington Football Team

Texas State
Aaron Brewer – OL, Tennessee Titans (1 G, 1 GS)
David Mayo – LB, Washington Football Team (Bye Week)
Ty Nsekhe – OL, Dallas Cowboys (N/A)

Mario Addison – DL, Buffalo Bills (1 G, 1 Tackle, 1.0 TFL, 1.0 Sacks, 1 QB Hit)
Steve McLendon – DL, Tampa Bay Buccaneers (N/A)
* Damion Willis – WR, Washington Football Team

* Practice Squad
^ Injured Reserve

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