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The Eagles have a new college football factory

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The SEC is on the rise.

Derick E. Hingle-USA TODAY Sports

Chip Kelly's #DuckBias and #Pac12Bias were clearly present during his tenure as the head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. Kelly really valued the factor of familiarity in his roster construction philosophy, and perhaps to a fault. The Birds had eight former Oregon players on the roster at this time last offseason. Kelly's bias is gone now that Howie Roseman is back in charge of Philadelphia's personnel department. Roseman is known for a little bit of #GatorBias due to his time spent at Florida, but it's less severe than Kelly's preference. In the interest of identifying which colleges the Eagles favor when it comes to building their team, below is a list of colleges with more than one alum on Philadelphia's roster.

School Numbers of players Players
LSU 6 Ron Brooks, Dillon Gordon, Donnie Jones, Bennie Logan, Jalen Mills, Rueben Randle
Oregon 5 Kenjon Barner, Taylor Hart, Josh Huff, Byron Marshall, Joe Walker
Florida 4 Trey Burton, Alex McCalister, Caleb Sturgis, Jaylen Watkins
Cincinnati 3 Connor Barwin, Brent Celek, Jason Kelce
Stanford 3 Zach Ertz, Ed Reynolds, Aziz Shittu
West Virginia 3 John DePalma, Najee Goode, Wendell Smallwood
Oklahoma 2 Sam Bradford, Lane Johnson
Wisconsin 2 Beau Allen, Chris Maragos
Washington State 2 Travis Long, Destiny Vaeao
Vanderbilt 2 Jonathan Krause, Jordan Matthews
UTEP 2 Jon Dorenbos, M.J. MacFarland
Texas 2 Jordan Hicks, Marcus Johnson
Oregon State 2 Josh Andrews, Isaac Seumalo
North Dakota State 2 C.J. Smith, Carson Wentz
Mississippi State 2 Fletcher Cox, Deontae Skinner
Michigan 2 Brandon Graham, Mike Martin
Kansas State 2 Randall Evans, Darren Sproles
Boston College 2 Chris Pantale, Connor Wujciak
Auburn 2 Blake Countess, Cody Parkey

Schools added to the list: Auburn, Boston College, North Dakota State, UTEP, Oregon State, Mississippi State, Vanderbilt, Washington State, West Virginia

Schools dropped from the list: Florida A&M, Purdue, Iowa, Fresno State, USC, UNLV

In addition to this list, here's a table of football conferences that are represented by more than one Eagles player.

Conference Amount
SEC 19
Pac-12 16
Big 12 11
B1G 10
ACC 7
The American 4
C-USA 4
MWC 3
MAC 2
MVFC 2

Observations

• Last year at this time, the Eagles had 19 players from the Pac-12 and only 12 players from the SEC. We mentioned Roseman's #GatorBias earlier. Guess what conference Florida is part of?

• LSU is the Eagles' new college football factory leader. Of the six players on the roster, five of them are likely locks to make the team. Dillon Gordon could be practice squad material.

• Oregon is still well-represented despite the fact Chip is gone. The Eagles actually added two Ducks players this offseason: seventh round pick Joe Walker and undrafted free agent signing Byron Marshall. Kenjon Barner, Taylor Hart, and Josh Huff all might not be on the team at this time next year. Or this fall.

• USC took a big hit from four players last year to only one (Nelson Agholor) this year.

• North Dakota State is the only non-Division I FBS school with more than one player.

• Not seen on this list is the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. Derrick Lott went there. I can never see that school name and not think of Terrell Owens.