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TCUSeven of TCU’s 14 active players in the National Football League are on rosters for teams heading into the playoffs.

Quarterback Andy Dalton and offensive tackle Marshall Newhouse started all 16 games this season for the Cincinnati Bengals and Green Bay Packers, respectively.

Dalton led TCU to conscutive BCS appearances, including a 2011 Rose Bowl championship, in his final two seasons as a Horned Frog. A 2011 Pro Bowl selection, he has now directed the Bengals to their first back-to-back trips to the playoffs since 1981-82.

Dalton’s 27 touchdown passes this season rank third in the AFC and are tied for seventh in the NFL. He’s tied for third in the NFL with nine fourth-quarter scoring tosses. His four rushing touchdowns are the most by a Bengals’ quarterback since Jon Kitna in 2002.

Outside linebacker Jerry Hughes started six games for the Indianapolis Colts this season, recording four sacks among his 41 tackles.

Marcus Cannon made one start while playing in all 16 games at offensive tackle for New England this season. Cannon is joined on the Patriots by former Horned Frog teammate Malcolm Williams, who has two tackles in two games as a defensive back and special teams contributor.

Clint Gresham has started in all 48 games at long snapper over his three seasons with the Seattle Seahawks.

Tight end Logan Brock is on the practice squad for the Houston Texans.

In 2011, ESPN.com ranked TCU No. 1 in the nation for developing NFL talent.

Active TCU players in the NFL (players on playoff teams in bold)
Logan Brock, TE, Houston Texans
Braylon Broughton, DE, New Orleans Saints
Marcus Cannon, OT, New England Patriots
Tank Carder, LB, Cleveland Browns
Andy Dalton, QB, Cincinnati Bengals
Clint Gresham, LS, Seattle Seahawks
David Hawthorne, LB, New Orleans Saints
Jerry Hughes, LB, Indianapolis Colts
Colin Jones, S, Carolina Panthers
Jeremy Kerley, WR, New York Jets
Greg McCoy, CB, Arizona Cardinals
Marshall Newhouse, OT, Green Bay Packers
Jason Phillips, LB, Carolina Panthers
Daryl Washington, LB, Arizona Cardinals