Now that the dust has seemingly settled on the Tennessee Titans 53 man roster, we’re able to look through and analyze the college football conferences the Titans represent.
By Kyle Robinson, for A to Z Sports Nashville
*Disclaimer – all colleges were counted under the conference they are currently associated with.
Tennessee Titans from Power 5 conferences:
SEC (11 players):
RB Derrick Henry (Alabama), QB Blaine Gabbert (Missouri), TE Luke Stocker (Tennessee), C Ben Jones (Georgia), DL Bennie Logan (LSU), ILB Wesley Woodyard (UK), ILB Rashaan Evans (Alabama), ILB Darren Bates (Auburn), S Kendrick Lewis (Ole Miss), K Ryan Succop (USC), & LS Beau Brinkley (Missouri).
The SEC leads the way for the Tennessee Titans. If anything, I was more surprised that a team located smack dab in the middle of SEC country doesn’t have more former SEC players. Both Gabbert and Brinkley went to Missouri when the Tigers were in the Big 12.
Former Alabama RB Derrick Henry predicted the Titans would pick college teammate Rashaan Evans
— BamaOnLine (@BamaOnLine247) April 27, 2018
Big 10 (8):
OL Taylor Lewan (Michigan), OL Jack Conklin (Michigan St.), OL Dennis Kelly (Purdue), OL Kevin Pamphile (Purdue), DL DaQuan Jones (Penn St.), DL Austin Johnson (Penn St.), CB Logan Ryan (Rutgers), & ILB Will Compton (Nebraska).
The Big 10 has the second most players represented on the Titans, along with the Pac-12. The first thing I noticed when making this list is how many offensive linemen the Titans have from the Big 10. Nearly half of the Titans OL is from the Big 10. Another note: Compton played for Nebraska when the Cornhuskers were a member of the Big 12, and Ryan was at Rutgers when it was in the Big East (RIP Big East).
With the 11th pick in the 2014 NFL Draft, the Tennessee Titans have selected Michigan’s Taylor Lewan pic.twitter.com/o9DzzOLa9O
— Chat Sports (@ChatSports) May 9, 2014
QB Marcus Mariota (Oregon), DL Jurrell Casey (USC), DL Matt Dickerson (UCLA), OLB Aaron Wallace (UCLA), ILB Jayon Brown (UCLA), CB Adoree’ Jackson (USC), S Dane Cruikshank (Arizona).
The Pac-12 has the third most players represented on the Titans. It is worth noting that six out of the eight Pac-12 players are from either USC or UCLA.
— Oregon Football (@oregonfootball) May 1, 2015
RB Dion Lewis (Pittsburgh), WR Darius Jennings (Virginia), OLB Derrick Morgan (GA Tech), & OLB Harold Landry (Boston College).
While the ACC doesn’t represent a large portion of the Titans, the conference does boast three of the most important players on the team.
In 2009 Dion Lewis rushed for 1,799 yards & 17 TDs to become the most productive freshman running back in Pitt history. Lewis surpassed the legendary Tony Dorsett’s 36-year-old Pitt frosh record of 1,686 set in 1973. #JAXvsNE pic.twitter.com/yzjkAtkycr
— EJ Borghetti (@PittBorghetti) January 21, 2018
Big 12 (4):
OLB Brian Orakpo (Texas), S Kenny Vaccaro (Texas), WR Cameron Batson (Texas Tech), & OL Quinton Spain (West Virginia).
The two defenders from Texas will have to have a big year for the Titans defense to be able to make the playoffs again. The biggest surprise player to remain on the 53 man roster, Cameron Batson, is also from the Big 12.
— Hookem.com (@bevobeat) May 11, 2018
Group of 5 conferences (12):
S Kevin Byard (MTSU), WR Corey Davis (Western Michigan), WR Rishard Matthews (Nevada), WR Taywan Taylor (Western Kentucky), WR Tajae Sharpe (UMass), TE Jonnu Smith (FIU), RB David Fluellen (Toledo), OL Josh Kline (Kent St.), OLB Sharif Finch (Temple), OLB Kamalei Correa (Boise St.), S Brynden Trawick (Troy), & P Brett Kern (Toledo).
I was surprised to see this many players on the Titans be from a group of five school. This just further proves that excellent talent always seems to fall through the cracks of the larger programs. It is interesting to note that all of the Titans legitimate passing threats, other than Henry and Lewis, are from a group of five school… and we haven’t even gotten to Delanie Walker yet.
— True Blue MTSU (@MTSU) April 21, 2016
Non-Power 5 or Group of 5 conference players (7):
These players are from outside of the 130 school Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS).
CB Malcolm Butler (West Alabama), TE Delanie Walker (Central Missouri)*, CB Kenneth Durden (Youngstown St.), CB LeShaun Sims (Southern Utah), OL Corey Levin (UT Chattanooga), OL Aaron Stinnie (James Madison) & TE Anthony Firkser (Harvard).
*Delanie Walker actually didn’t even go to a NCAA D1 university. In other words, every D1 coach missed out on the most consistent Titan of the last decade.
Malcolm Butler truly has one of the most interesting stories in all of sports. To go from West Alabama to winning the Super Bowl with the New England Patriots to then signing a huge contract with the Titans is remarkable.