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By CRAIG HALEY
(STATS) - If the FCS season wasn't super enough, how about some former FCS players capping off all the action in Super Bowl LIII.
Members of the AFC champion New England Patriots and NFC champion Los Angeles Rams hope to play major roles in football's biggest game on Feb. 3 at Atlanta's Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
The Patriots, who beat the Kansas City Chiefs 37-31 in overtime on Sunday, have familiar FCS names on their roster, including defensive lineman Keionta Davis (Chattanooga), fullback James Develin (Brown), wide receiver Chris Hogan (Monmouth), linebacker Ramon Humber (North Dakota State) and Derek Rivers (Youngstown State) plus rookie cornerback Keion Crossan (Western Carolina).
Offensive lineman Ulrick John, whose first three seasons at Georgia State were on the FCS level, is on injured reserve and rookie wide receiver Damoun Patterson (Youngstown State) is a member of the practice squad.
The most famous FCS player on the Rams' roster, former Walter Payton Award-winning wide receiver Cooper Kupp from Eastern Washington, is on injured reserve, but his college teammate Samson Ebukam, an outside linebacker, is a key defensive player.
The Rams, who advanced with a 26-23 overtime win at the New Orleans Saints, have three FCS rookies: offensive guard Jamil Demby (Maine), defensive end John Franklin-Myers (Stephen F. Austin) and wide receiver KhaDarel Hodge (Prairie View A&M). Also, center Aaron Neary (Eastern Washington) is on the team's practice squad.
Updated January 20, 2019