YUMA, Ariz. – Wonder which Matador football alumni have made it to the NFL and where they will be on Sundays? Wonder no more! With the NFL season here, here’s a list of where the Mats are around the league. For a full list of Matador alumni in the NFL past and present, head here.
Running back Damien Williams (AWC 2010-11) will suit up for the Kansas City Chiefs this year. Williams spent the first four seasons of his career with the Miami Dolphins before signing with the Chiefs in March. In his four seasons, he gained 477 rushing yards and had three touchdowns. Out of the backfield, Williams also totaled 85 receptions for 733 receiving yards and six TD’s. He had at least 20 receptions in each of his four seasons, and he also has returned kicks. The Chiefs travel to Los Angeles to play the Chargers on Sunday at 1:05 p.m.
Tight end Jacob Hollister (AWC 2013) is entering his second season with the New England Patriots. Hollister has turned heads in the preseason, even drawing praise from Bill Belicheck. In his rookie season, Hollister had four receptions for 42 yards and also contributed on special teams. New England hosts the Houston Texans on Sunday at 10:00 a.m.
Linebacker Korey Toomer (AWC 2007-08) joined the Green Bay Packers earlier this week after spending most of the preseason with the San Francisco 49ers. He has spent time with eight different teams since being drafted by the Seattle Seahawks back in 2012. In 2016 and 2017, Toomer was a part of the linebacker rotation with the San Diego/Los Angeles Chargers. Last year he had 48 tackles, a sack and an interception returned for a touchdown along with three passes defensed. He had a career best 75 tackles in 2016 to go with one sack and two passes defensed. The Packers play host to the Chicago Bears on Sunday night at 5:20 p.m.
Defensive end Randy Gregory (AWC 2011-12) is expected to suit up for the Dallas Cowboys to start the season. Gregory was originally a second round selection by the Cowboys in 2015, but he has dealt with depression and anxiety and substance abuse issues for the last few seasons. In 2015 and 2016, he totaled 20 tackles and a sack. The Cowboys travel to play the Carolina Panthers on Sunday afternoon at 1:25 p.m.
Wide receiver Tanner McEvoy (AWC 2012) was picked up by the Miami Dolphins earlier this week after a flurry of moves. The multi-tool wide receiver began training camp with the Seattle Seahawks, where he had been since signing in 2016 (14 catches, 253 yards in his career). He bounced from the Seahawks to the New Orleans Saints to the Dolphins in about a week, but he is expected to contribute on special teams early. The Dolphins welcome the Tennessee Titans on Sunday morning at 10:00 a.m.
Wide receiver Cody Hollister (AWC 2013) is on the Reserve/Non-Football Injury List with the New England Patriots after undergoing back surgery in the summer. He was on the team’s practice squad last season.
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