Javon Ringer & Brian Hoyer NFL-bound: Where Are They Now?

Francisco E. VelazquezCorrespondent IApril 28, 2009

ANN ARBOR, MI - OCTOBER 25:  Brian Hoyer #7 of the Michigan State Spartans hands the ball off to teammate Javon Ringer #23 during the game against the Michigan Wolverines on October 25, 2008 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Michigan State won the game 35-21. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)

After a year where the Michigan State Spartans improved significantly, the engines that revved up the offense were off to combines, interviews, and the draft.

Today, both Brian Hoyer and Javon Ringer have jobs in the NFL.

Javon Ringer was selected in the fifth round of this weekend's draft by the Tennessee Titans. Despite coming off a career-defining year at MSU and being a leading candidate for the Heisman Trophy and Doak Walker Award for much of the season, Ringer was the 173rd player taken overall.

The Titans were one team Ringer had visited. He felt good about his chances of competing for a job in Tennessee.

"They told me they liked me as a running back," he said in an article with the Detroit Free Press. "They liked my versatility at being a running back and also how I was very willing to contribute on special teams. They just liked my all around game."

Not surprisingly, the road was a bit tougher for now-former MSU quarterback, Brian Hoyer. However, the road for Hoyer to get a job still was a bit surprising.

Hoyer waited up to the last pick and did not hear his name called. Yet, it didin't take long for him to find a deal.

Hoyer signed a free-agent deal with the New England Patriots on Sunday night a bit after the last pick was called.

Ironically, the void that the Matt Cassel trade between New England to Kansas City formed will give Hoyer the opportunity to compete for a backup role to Tom Brady—a Spartan backing up a Wolverine.

Regardless, both players are leaving East Lansing for, hopefully, promising careers in the NFL—a dream come true for both forever Spartans.