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Former Lufkin Players -Where are they NOW?

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  • 1 year later...

LUFKIN Players to play in the NFL

* indicates currently active:

* KeKe Coutee - Texans

*Dez Bryant (WR) - Cowboys, Saints

*Don Muhlbach (C/DS) - Lions

Jorvorski Lane - Tampa Bay, Miami Dolphins

Rex Hadnot (OL) - Browns, Dolphins

Bryan Gilmore (WR) - 49ers, Dolphins, Cardinals

Terrence Kiel (S) - Chargers

Reggie McNeal (QB/WR) - Bengals - CFL  Toronto 

Jacoby Shepherd (DB) - Raiders, Jets, Packers, Rams, Texans

T.J. Turner (DL) - Dolphins

Matt McCall (OT) - Broncos

Bruce Alexander (CB) - Dolphins, Lions

Jeffery Rodgers - (FS) Tampa Bay, NY Giants, Washington

Denvis Manns (RB) - Cowboys

Joe Robb (DE) - Cardinals, Eagles, Lions

Benny Barnes (DB) - Cowboys

Everett Little (OG) - Buccaneers

Anthony Coleman (DB) - Cowboys

Sparky Hamilton (WR) - Green Bay Packers


Kenny Houston (S) - Oilers, Redskins (Pro Football Hall of Fame)

Joe Williams - Dallas Cowboys

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  • 5 years later...

Here is a look at those Panthers who are playing college football:

Javante Mack, Henderson State: Mack had six catches for 80 yards in the Reddies’ 22-17 win over Harding.

Mack, a senior, leads the Reddies (5-1) with 32 receptions for 314 yards and two touchdowns. His longest gain this year was 52 yards.

Tomme Mark, Houston: Mark had a tackle and a quarterback hit in a 49-28 win over SMU. Mark has 10 tackles this season for the Cougars, who are 5-0.

Jabryce Taylor, Texas-San Antonio: Taylor had three catches for 99 yards and two touchdowns in last week’s 34-31 loss to Louisiana Tech.

Taylor has 10 catches for 205 yards and two touchdowns this season for UTSA (1-5).

Keke Coutee, Texas Tech: A freshman, Coutee caught three passes for 27 yards with a long of 11 yards in the Red Raiders’ 66-31 win over Iowa State.

For the season, Coutee has eight receptions for 68 yards.

DJ Williams, Kansas: Williams has one tackle this season for Kansas (0-5).

Erik McCoy, Texas A&M: McCoy is a freshman offensive lineman for the Aggies, who are 5-0 and host Alabama on Saturday.

De’Auntre “Bush” Smiley, Prairie View A&M: Smiley was 1 of 1 for 5 yards, and he ran for 10 yards and a touchdown on four carries in the Panthers’ 45-6 win over Mississippi Valley State.

This season, he’s rushed for 117 yards and six touchdowns, and he is 7 of 13 through the air for 45 yards and a score for Prairie View A&M (3-2).

Michael Farley, Ouachita Baptist: Farley is a redshirt defensive back for the Tigers (4-2).

Demontrai Lewis, Kilgore: Lewis had two tackles and recovered a fumble last week in a 20-12 loss to Cisco.

Lewis has 29 tackles, two sacks and a fumble recovery this season for Kilgore (3-4).

DeAndre Hooper, Kilgore: Hooper has made five tackles, forced a fumble and broken up four passes for the Rangers.

Jamarcus Walker, Arkansas Tech: Walker has rushed for 188 yards and two touchdowns on 45 carries this season for Arkansas Tech (5-1).

Andrew Blackshire, Tarleton State: Blackshire is a freshman defensive back for the Texans (1-4).

Kyler Henson, Houston Baptist: Henson is a sophomore receiver for Houston Baptist (2-4).

Judson Mahan, Austin College: Mahan is a senior offensive lineman for the Kangaroos (3-2).

All info current as of 10/15/2015

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  • 2 months later...

As of 2020-21, Lufkin has 4 former Panthers currently playing in the NFL.


Houston Texans’ Keke Coutee and the Baltimore Ravens’ Dez Bryant have garnered plenty of attention for strong finishes to the regular season.

Away from the spotlight, New Orleans’ center Erik McCoy and Detroit Lions’ deep snapper Don Muhlbach are still among the best at their positions in the NFL.


Each of those four players will wrap up another regular season over the weekend, while two are likely to be in the playoffs starting next week.

Playing in his third season, Coutee has set career highs in receiving yards (310) and touchdowns (3). His 27 receptions are also one shy of a career high.

He has been at his best in December where he has done the majority of his damage with 21 catches for 272 yards and a pair of touchdowns.

His best game was an eight-catch, 141-yard performance against the Indianapolis Colts. In his next game against the Colts, he had 5 catches for 53 yards and a touchdown.

In Houston’s loss to the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday, he had 5 receptions for 54 yards.


Meanwhile, Bryant, a former All-Pro, has proven to be a viable red zone target for the Ravens, catching touchdown passes in each of the last two games.

He hauled in an 11-yard touchdown reception in a 40-14 win over the Bengals on Dec. 20 before making an 8-yard touchdown catch in a 27-13 win over the Giants this past Sunday.

Earlier this season, he had 4 catches for 28 yards in a 30-24 win over Tennessee.

With the help of a four-game winning streak, the Ravens can guarantee themselves a playoff spot with a win in Cincinnati Sunday.

In New Orleans, McCoy is wrapping up another strong season on the Saints’ offensive line.

The former second-round draft pick and starting center for the Saints has helped lead them to another playoff spot in his second season in the league. New Orleans has wrapped up the NFC South and is guaranteed a home game in the playoffs.

In Detroit, Muhlbach is wrapping up his 17th season in the NFL, all with the Lions.

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