A look at each starter in Super Bowl XLVIII.
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LT — Chris Clark: 6-5, 305, 5th season, Southern Miss
Filled in admirably after All-Pro starter Ryan Clady was lost for the season due to a Lisfranc injury, starting 14 games after six games total in the previous three years.
LG — Zane Beadles: 6-4, 305, 4, Utah
Has started all but two games in four seasons. Just a two-star recruit coming out of high school, Beadles made the Pro Bowl in 2012.
C — Manny Ramirez: 6-3, 320, 7, Texas Tech
Originally recruited by Nebraska, he set the Red Raiders’ bench press record (550 pounds). Won the starting job this year after Dan Koppen tore his ACL in training camp.
RG — Louis Vasquez: 6-5, 335, 5, Texas Tech
Arguably one of the offseason’s best signings, Vasquez was named a first-team All-Pro this year. Has started all 70 NFL games he’s played in.
RT — Orlando Franklin: 6-7, 320, 3, Miami (Fla.)
Has started 47 career games already, missing just one contest this year. Allowed just 3.5 sacks in 2012, the lowest among 16-game starters at right tackle.
QB — Peyton Manning: 6-5, 230, 16, Tennessee
Set NFL records with 5,547 passing yards and 55 touchdowns and won the league’s MVP award, his fifth. A second Super Bowl ring would strengthen his argument as the best quarterback ever.
RB — Knowshon Moreno: 5-11, 220, 5, Georgia
Benched and inactivated for eight games last year, Moreno finished fifth in the league with 1,586 yards from scrimmage this year.
WR — Demaryius Thomas: 6-3, 229, 4, Georgia Tech
No one has benefited more from Manning’s presence — the receiver has 2,864 yards and 24 scores in two years with Peyton, compared to 834 and six in two seasons without him.
WR — Eric Decker: 6-3, 214, 4, Minnesota
After dropping just three passes in college, Decker had arguably the best game for any receiver this year against Kansas City in week 13 (eight catches, 174 yards, four touchdowns).
WR — Wes Welker: 5-9, 185, 10, Texas Tech
The prolific slot receiver missed three games with concussions and has been wearing a specially designed helmet throughout the playoffs.
TE — Julius Thomas: 6-5, 250, 3, Portland State
Attended Portland State on a basketball scholarship and played just one season of football. Now is one of the league’s more athletic and versatile weapons at tight end.
He is tied for the second-most pass breakups (83) since entering the league in 2008. Had a resurgent season after being allowed to walk away by Philadelphia.
K — Matt Prater: 5-10, 195, 7, Central Florida
DE — Malik Jackson: 6-5, 293, 2, Tennessee
A former fifth-round pick, he piled up six sacks in only five starts this year. Led the team with 11 tackles for a loss and 15 quarterback hits this season.
DT — Sylvester Williams: 6-2, 313, R, North Carolina
After playing just one year of high school, he moved from Coffeyville CC to join the Tar Heels and was Denver’s first-round pick this year.
DT — Terrance Knighton: 6-3, 335, 5, Temple
Nicknamed “Pot Roast,” Knighton played a huge part in shutting down New England in the AFC title game with four tackles and a sack.
DE — Shaun Phillips: 6-3, 255, 10, Purdue
Thought to be washed up after registering a career-low 3.5 sacks in San Diego last year, Phillips rebounded with 10 this season.
OLB — Nate Irving: 6-1, 245, 3 N.C. State
Mostly a special teams player before this year, Irving earned the ACC’s most courageous player award when he returned after missing all of 2009 with injuries sustained in a car crash.
MLB — Wesley Woodyard: 6-0, 233, 6, Kentucky
One of only two players in Broncos’ history to serve as a captain in each of his first five seasons with the team, Woodyard had 84 tackles this year.
OLB — Danny Trevathan: 6-1, 240, 2, Kentucky
One of the NFL’s breakout players in 2013, Trevathan led Denver with 129 tackles and tied for the team lead with three interceptions.
CB — Champ Bailey: 6-0, 192, 15, Georgia
Will spend time covering the slot as well. An eventual Hall of Famer, Bailey played in a career-low five games because of injuries.
FS — Mike Adams: 5-11, 200, 10, Delaware
A former undrafted free agent, he vows to walk the 12 miles from MetLife Stadium to his childhood home in Paterson, N.J., in full helmet and pads if Denver wins.
SS — Duke Ihenacho: 6-1, 207, 2, San Jose State
The former three-time All-WAC selection shot up the Broncos depth chart with a strong fall camp showing and finished with 73 tackles and three forced fumbles.
CB — Dominique Rodgers-Cromartie: 6-2, 193, 6, Tennessee State
A career 81.6 percent kicker, Prater connected on a 64-yard try earlier this year, the longest field goal in NFL history.
P — Britton Colquitt: 6-3, 205, 5, Tennessee
One of two Colquitt punting brothers in the NFL, Britton is the franchise’s career leader in both gross (45.8) and net (39.3) punting averages.
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LT — Russell Okung: 6-5, 310, 4, Oklahoma State
A two-time All-American in college and the No. 6 overall pick in the 2010 draft, Okung missed eight games due to injury this year.
LG — James Carpenter: 6-5, 321, 3, Alabama
Injuries have plagued the former first-round pick, who missed 16 games during his first two years and started only seven this season.
C — Max Unger: 6-5, 305, 5, Oregon
A second-round pick in the 2009 draft, Unger is a two-time Pro Bowler and was an All-Pro in 2012.
RG — J.R. Sweezy: 6-5, 298, 2, N.C. State
A linebacker in high school, Sweezy played on the defensive line in college before being picked in the seventh round and moved to offense. Started 15 games this season.
RT — Breno Giacomini: 6-7, 318, 6, Louisville
A converted tight end who didn’t become a full-time tackle until he was a senior in college, he has started 25 games the past two years.
QB — Russell Wilson: 5-11, 206, 2, Wisconsin
Doubted for his short stature, Wilson lasted until the third round in the 2012 draft. He was the league’s rookie of the year last season and is a two-time Pro Bowler.
RB — Marshawn Lynch: 5-10, 215, 7, California
Nicknamed “Beast Mode” for his violent running style, Lynch has run for 4,051 yards and 35 touchdowns in his three seasons with Seattle.
FB — Michael Robinson: 6-1, 240, 8, Penn State
A former quarterback with the Nittany Lions, Robinson lost 30 pounds earlier this year after his liver and kidneys shut down in response to a prescription medication. He has since recovered.
WR — Doug Baldwin: 5-10, 189, 3, Stanford
Became the first undrafted rookie in 2011 to lead his team in receiving yards. Percy Harvin will see time here as well if cleared from his concussion issues.
WR — Golden Tate: 5-10, 202, 4, Notre Dame
The recipient of the famed “Hail Mary” pass that essentially ended the referee lockout in 2012, Tate led the team with 898 receiving yards this year.
TE — Zach Miller: 6-5, 265, 7, Arizona State
After leading Oakland in receiving from 2008 to ’10, Miller has transitioned to more of a blocking role since arriving in Seattle.
Stepped in seamlessly after Brandon Browner was suspended for violating the NFL’s substance-abuse policy and picked off four passes.
K — Steven Hauschka: 6-4, 210, 6, N.C. State
DE — Red Bryant: 6-4, 323, 6, Texas A&M
Has served as a solid run-stuffing presence over the past three seasons, starting 47 games and recording 86 tackles in that span. Cliff Avril takes this spot on passing downs.
DT — Tony McDaniel: 6-7, 305, 8, Tennessee
A former undrafted free agent on his third team, McDaniel seems to have found a home in Seattle as he started 15 games this year. Michael Bennett (8.5 sacks) will also see time here.
DT — Brandon Mebane: 6-1, 311, 7, California
He has missed just four starts since 2008 and has evolved into one of the NFL’s better run-stopping tackles.
DE — Chris Clemons: 6-3, 254, 10, Georgia
Recovered quickly from a postseason ACL tear last year to play 14 games, but didn’t look like the same player.
OLB — Bruce Irvin: 6-3, 248, 2, West Virginia
Moved to linebacker this year after leading all rookies with eight sacks in 2012. Still adjusting to playing in coverage, but has the athleticism to do so.
MLB — Bobby Wagner: 6-0, 241, 2, Utah State
Just a two-star prospect coming out of high school, Wagner has quickly become one of the NFL’s best middle linebackers with 260 tackles in his first two seasons.
OLB — Malcolm Smith: 6-0, 226, 3, USC
Collected 92 tackles this season and sent Seattle to the Super Bowl by intercepting a pass tipped by Richard Sherman at the end of the NFC title game.
CB — Richard Sherman: 6-3, 195, 3, Stanford
Likely the best cornerback in the NFL, Sherman created a stir by calling out Michael Crabtree and flashing the choke sign at the 49ers after the NFC championship.
FS — Earl Thomas: 5-10, 202, 4, Texas
An All-Pro in each of the past three seasons, Thomas posted career highs with 105 tackles and five interceptions in 2013.
SS — Kam Chancellor: 6-3, 232, 4, Virginia Tech
Rewarded the Seahawks for giving him a five-year extension in the offseason by becoming the third member of the secondary to make an All-Pro team.
CB — Byron Maxwell: 6-1, 207, 3, Clemson
His NFL career appeared dead when he signed with a UFL team in 2010, but he’s made 82 of his 92 field goals since joining Seattle in 2011.
P — Jon Ryan: 6-0, 217, 8, Regina
Started his career in the Canadian Football League before catching on with the Packers and moving to Seattle in 2008.