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10 former Cougars, Aggies and Utes look to make an impact in the NFL this season

Published: Friday, July 3 2015 7:59 p.m. MDT

Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Koa Misi (55) during player introduction before the first half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012 in Miami . (Wilfredo Lee, AP) Miami Dolphins outside linebacker Koa Misi (55) during player introduction before the first half of an NFL football game against the Seattle Seahawks, Sunday, Nov. 25, 2012 in Miami . (Wilfredo Lee, AP)

Players with ties to the state of Utah will once again be well-represented on NFL rosters when the 2013 season begins this week. Approximately 40 local players landed on 53-man rosters, with others being named to practice squads.

Many of those appearing on rosters are well-established players. Guys like Haloti Ngata (Baltimore Ravens), Brett Keisel (Pittsburgh Steelers), Steve Smith (Carolina Panthers) and Eric Weddle (San Diego Chargers) have all played in Pro Bowls and are expected to again star for their respective teams.

The state also has some prominent rookies who will be looking to make an instant impact, along with others looking to build on the impact they made last season. Some, like former Utah quarterback Alex Smith and Utah linebacker Paul Kruger, will be looking to make an instant impact with new teams.

Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner enters the field during introductions before playing the San Francisco 49ers in an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in Seattle. (Elaine Thompson, AP) Seattle Seahawks linebacker Bobby Wagner enters the field during introductions before playing the San Francisco 49ers in an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2012, in Seattle. (Elaine Thompson, AP)

Here’s a look at some prominent local players who are looking to make an impact this season.

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