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New Orleans Saints vs Carolina Panthers connections

Posted Dec 19, 2013

Take a look at the connections between the Saints and the Panthers before Sunday's game

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Player Connections

*New Orleans TE Jimmy Graham attended Charis Preparatory (Goldsboro, N.C.) Academy, where he played basketball, football, baseball and tennis.

*Saints CB Jabari Greer and Edwards were teammates in Buffalo from 2004-05.

*New Orleans LB Curtis Lofton and Carolina TE Ben Hartsock were teammates with the Atlanta Falcons in 2008. 

*Lofton and Panthers DE Frank Alexander were college teammates at Oklahoma in 2007.

*Alexander is a Baton Rouge native and attended Southern Laboratory School.

*Saints S Roman Harper was coached by Carolina offensive coordinator Mike Shula at the University of Alabama from 2003-05.

*Carolina WR Brandon LaFell played at LSU, where he posted 175 career receptions for 2,517 yards and 25 touchdowns, ranking second in school history in receiving touchdowns, third in receptions and fifth in receiving yards, leading the school in receiving yardage each season from 2007-09.

*T Charles Brown and Panthers C Ryan Kalil were college teammates at the University of Southern California.

*New Orleans S Rafael Bush prepped at Williston-Elko (Williston, S.C.) HS and played at South Carolina State.

*Saints RB Darren Sproles and Panthers FB Mike Tolbert were teammates in San Diego from 2008-10.

*S Malcolm Jenkins and Panthers WR Ted Ginn Jr. were teammates at Ohio State.

*OLB Parys Haralson and Ginn Jr. were teammates in San Francisco.

*NT John Jenkins and Carolina WR Tavarres King were teammates at Georgia.

*Carolina C Brian Folkerts went to training camp with the Saints in 2013.

*ILB Kevin Reddick is a New Bern native who played at North Carolina with Panthers G Travis Bond.

*WR Robert Meachem and Panthers G Chris Scott were teammates at Tennessee

Coaching Connections

*Panthers defensive line coach Eric Washington played tight end at Grambling State from 1989-90 and served on the same coaching staff at Texas A&M with Saints defensive line Coach Bill Johnson in 1997.

*New Orleans running backs coach Bret Ingalls and Washington served on the same coaching staff at Northwestern from 2006-07. Johnson tutored Panthers DT Ron Edwards with the Aggies from 1997-99.

*New Orleans special teams coordinator Greg McMahon served as tight ends coach on the East Carolina coaching staff in 2005.

*New Orleans director of player programs Fred McAfee also played for Shula when he served as offensive coordinator of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers in 1999.

*Carolina defensive quality control coach/assistant defensive line Sam Mills III is the son of former Saints standout linebacker Sam Mills, who played for New Orleans from 1986-94 and is a member of the New Orleans Saints Hall of Fame.

*Panthers offensive line coach John Matsko served in the same position in New Orleans from 1994-96. Matsko tutored New Orleans G Ben Grubbs in Baltimore from 2008-10.

*Saints area scout Ryan Hollern coached quarterbacks at Harding University High School in Charlotte.

*New Orleans head athletic trainer Scottie Patton is a Gastonia, N.C., native who earned his bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State University and served as a graduate assistant athletic trainer at South Carolina and student athletic trainer at Appalachian State.

*New Orleans defensive assistant/linebackers coach Brian Young and Carolina assistant wide receivers coach Ricky Proehl were teammates in St. Louis from 2000-02. McAfee and Proehl were teammates with the Arizona Cardinals in 1994.