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Eagles have another new college football factory

Where do most of Philly’s players come from?

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Have you ever wondered which colleges have the most representation on the Philadelphia Eagles’ roster? If so, you’re in luck, because here’s a list of schools with more than one alum on the Eagles. (Click here to check out last year’s version.)

School Number Players
West Virginia 5 Wendell Smallwood, Rasul Douglas, Shelton Gibson, Najee Goode, Tyler Orlosky
Florida 4 Trey Burton, Caleb Sturgis, Jaylen Watkins, Alex McCalister
LSU 4 Jalen Mills, Donnie Jones, Ron Brooks, Dillon Gordon
Florida State 4 Nigel Bradham, Timmy Jernigan, Patrick Robinson, Terrence Brooks
Oregon 4 LeGarrette Blount, Joe Walker, Byron Marshall, Taylor Hart
Wisconsin 3 Beau Allen, Chris Maragos, Corey Clement
California 2 Mychal Kendricks, Bryce Treggs
Cincinnati 2 Brent Celek, Jason Kelce
North Dakota State 2 Carson Wentz, C.J. Smith
Ohio State 2 Malcolm Jenkins, Cameron Johnston
Oklahoma 2 Lane Johnson, Dorial Green-Beckham
Oregon State 2 Isaac Seumalo, Josh Andrews
Penn State 2 Stefen Wisniewski, Matt McGloin
San Diego State 2 Donnel Pumphrey, Darrell Greene
Shepherd 2 Billy Brown, Tre Sullivan
Tennessee 2 Derek Barnett, Dallas Thomas
Texas 2 Jordan Hicks, Marcus Johnson
Virginia 2 Rodney McLeod, Chris Long
Washington 2 Sidney Jones, Elijah Qualls

Schools added to the list: Florida State, California, Ohio State, Penn State, Shepherd, Tennessee, Virginia, Washington

Schools dropped from the list: Stanford, Washington State, Vanderbilt, UTEP, Mississippi State, Michigan, Kansas State, Boston College, Auburn

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

Conference Amount
SEC 16
Pac-12 16
Big 12 13
B1G 12
ACC 8
The American 4
C-USA 4
MWC 3
MVFC 2
MEC 2
Big Sky 2
MAC 2

Observations

• West Virginia is the Eagles’ new college football factory. Last year it was LSU. In 2015, it was, well, you guessed it, Oregon.

• All five WVU players have a realistic chance to make this year’s roster, though Tyler Orlosky could be more of a practice squad guy. Maybe Shelton Gibson too. Two years ago, WVU wasn’t even on this list. Now they’re at the top.

• A lot was made of Chip Kelly’s #DuckBias. Two years ago at this time, the Eagles had eight Oregon players on their roster. Now the Eagles “only” have four Ducks on the roster. Three of those players were acquired after Kelly was fired. The fourth (Hart) was cut last September and later brought back. So maybe the current Eagles regime has a little bit of #DuckBias as well!

• Howie Roseman’s #GatorBias is still present with four Florida players on the roster. That could soon change with Watkisn and McCalister on the bubble this summer. Burton and Sturgis are also both free agents after this season.

• Does Joe Douglas have a #VirginiaBias? I’m not just talking about the Cavaliers here. Between the University of Virginia, West Virginia, Shepherd, Richmond, Hampton, and Old Dominion, that’s 12 players who attended college in the VA/WV area. Note that Douglas is a Hanover County, Virginia native.

• Florida State made a big jump from not being on the list to tied for second. Three FSU players (Bradham, Jernigan, Robinson) are likely to be starters on Philadelphia’s defense while the other one (Brooks) could be a role player.

• Local fans will be happy to see Penn State added to this year’s list due to the addition of Matt McGloin.

• Shepherd University is the only Division II team represented with more than one player. The Eagles signed Billy Brown and Tre Sullivan in undrafted free agency. Read more about them (here) and (here).

• The SEC is once again the top conference, but it’s not tied with the Pac-12. Chip would be proud.