North Dakota State has become the undisputed leader among FCS programs in sending players on to the NFL.
The nine-time national champion since the 2011 season had 12 players on NFL rosters following the 53-man cutdown and the first round of waiver claims this week.
South Dakota State, the reigning FCS champion after defeating NDSU in the 2022 championship game, had the second-highest total among subdivision programs with five former players on NFL rosters.
Players designated as injured reserve or physically unable to perform are included in the roster totals. Overall totals can increase for FCS programs this week as NFL teams finalize their practice squads.
North Dakota State (12): Billy Turner, OL (Jets); Chris Board, LB (Patriots); Christian Watson, WR (Packers; pictured); Cody Mauch, OL (Buccaneers); Cordell Volson, OL (Bengals); Darrius Shepherd, WR (Chargers); Dillon Radunz, OL (Titans); Easton Stick, QB (Chargers); Hunter Luepke, FB (Cowboys); Josh Hayes, CB (Buccaneers); Nash Jensen, OL (Panthers); Trey Lance, QB (Cowboys)
South Dakota State (5): Christian Rozeboom, LB (Rams); Dallas Goedert, TE (Eagles); Don Gardner, CB (Buccaneers); Pierre Strong Jr., RB (Browns); Tucker Kraft, TE (Packers)
Chattanooga (4): Cole Strange, OL (Patriots); Corey Levin, OL (Titans); Devonnsha Maxwell, DL (Bengals); Tae Davis, LB (Falcons)
Illinois State (4): Eric Scott Jr., CB (Cowboys); John Ridgeway, DL (Commanders); Shelby Harris, DE (Browns); Zeke Vandenburgh, LB (Dolphins)
James Madison (4; Dukes are now an FBS program): Aaron Stinnie, OL (Buccaneers); Jimmy Moreland, CB (Jets); Josh Wells, OL (Jaguars); Mike Greene, DL (Buccaneers)
Morgan State (4): Alfonzo Graham, RB (Steelers); Elandon Roberts, LB (Steelers); Joshua Miles, OL (Falcons); Tyrone Wheatley Jr., OL (Patriots)
Sacramento State (4): DaRon Bland, CB (Cowboys); DeAndre Carter, WR (Raiders); Elijah Dotson, RB (Chargers); Marte Mapu, LB (Patriots)
South Carolina State (4): Antonio Hamilton Sr., DB (Cardinals); Cobie Durant, CB (Rams); Javon Hargrave, DT (49ers); Shaquille Leonard, LB (Colts)
Weber State (4): Jonah Williams, DE (Rams); Rashid Shaheed, WR (Saints); Sua Opeta, OL (Eagles); Taron Johnson, CB (Bills)
William & Mary (4): Andrew Trainer, OL (Chargers); Colby Sorsdal, OL (Lions); Luke Rhodes, LS (Colts); Nick Muse, TE (Vikings)
Stats Perform research analyst Chase Weight contributed to this story.