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Former UCF football players are making making waves as professionals. Sixteen Knights have made NFL 53-man rosters to open the 2014 season.

With the season starting Thursday night, members of UCF's 2013 squad, Blake Bortles (Jacksonville), Storm Johnson (Jacksonville), Chris Martin (New England) and Justin McCray (Tennessee) have all earned NFL roster spots.

The Green Bay Packers will be traveling to Seattle, as veteran Josh Sitton will be the first Knight to start up the season on Thursday at 8:30 p.m.

UCF on NFL Opening Day Rosters

WR Kamar Aiken – Baltimore Ravens

QB Blake Bortles – Jacksonville Jaguars

CB A.J. Bouye – Houston Texans

DT Leger Douzable – New York Jets

LS Charley Hughlett – New England Patriots (Practice Squad)

S Kemal Ishmael – Atlanta Falcons

RB Storm Johnson – Jacksonville Jaguars

WR Brandon Marshall – Chicago Bears

OL Chris Martin – New England Patriots (Practice Squad)

OG Justin McCray – Tennessee Titans (Practice Squad)

FB Bruce Miller – San Francisco 49ers

RB Latavius Murray – Oakland Raiders

K Matt Prater – Denver Broncos

OT Jah Reid – Baltimore Ravens

CB Josh Robinson – Minnesota Vikings

OT Josh Sitton – Green Bay Packers