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Down the Drive’s NFL Preview: AFC South Edition

In part three of DTD’s NFL preview, we take a look at which former Bearcats are playing for teams in the AFC South.

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College football is officially back and where there is college football, professional football cannot be far behind. The NFL will begin its season on Sept. 8 with a Super Bowl rematch between the Carolina Panthers and the Denver Broncos. With that in mind, its time we check in with former Bearcats who are now making a living on Sundays. In this edition, we’ll take a look at the AFC South.

Trent Cole, Indianapolis Colts

One of the longest tenured former Bearcats in the NFL, Cole is entering his second season with the Indianapolis Colts after a long career with the Philadelphia Eagles. A fifth-round draft pick in 2005 and a two-time Pro Bowler, Cole played a smaller role on the defensive line for the Colts last season, playing in 14 games and starting in five. He recorded 3.0 sacks and forced two fumbles. He has 88.5 sacks and 601 tackles in his 11-year career.

Jeffrey Linkenbach, Jacksonville Jaguars

After playing in just one game last season, the six-year veteran was placed on injured reserve at the end of August. Linkenbach signed with Jacksonville for the 2016 season. He played for the San Diego Chargers and the Miami Dolphins in 2015 after spending 2014 with the Kansas City Chiefs and the three years before that with the Indianapolis Colts. An offensive tackle, he has played in 86 games during his career and has started in 36 of those contests.