For every college football player making a run for the Heisman Trophy, there are dozens of players who are crucial members of their teams. They may not get all of the headlines, but they’re giving 110 percent every game. They’re not on traditional college football powerhouses, but they succeed on different, often unseen levels. Here are 10 of the most underrated college football players.
Playing for Division II school Chadron State College in Nebraska, Woodhead was a monster running back, averaging 15 points per game by himself. He’s the only student in Chardon State history to ever receive a full athletic scholarship and he scored 101 touchdowns in his four years.
After one season at Michigan State, Foles transferred to the University of Arizona, where he realized his potential as a quarterback. He improved every season and in his senior year he ranked first in the Pac-12 conference in total offense per game.
Rutgers isn’t known for recruiting top-notch football talent, but Mohamed Sanu broke the mold. As a true freshman, he started at wide receiver and was eventually named the MVP of the St. Petersburg Bowl. In 2011 he set a Big East receiving record for a single season, amassing 1,206 yards on 115 receptions.
Unrecruited by Division I schools, Kovacs nonetheless earned a walk-on spot at the University of Michigan. After his first season, he’d impressed his coaches and earned a scholarship for his sophomore season. He eventually became team captain during his senior year.
A multi-sport athlete in high school, Martin went to his dream school, the University of Michigan. He started as a true freshman on the defensive line and could reportedly bench press over 500 pounds. He saved his best game for last, recording a career-high 11 tackles in the Sugar Bowl before going to the NFL.
Bailey played three years at West Virginia University, improving with each season. During his sophomore year, he set the school record for receiving yardage and tied the record for touchdown receptions. He left after his junior season and was drafted by the then-St. Louis Rams.
Hailing from Compton, California, Hillman made an immediate impact at San Diego State, rushing for 17 touchdowns and over 1,500 yards. He left school after only two years and was drafted by the Denver Broncos.
Hardy was a quarterback in high school during his freshman year but switched positions to wide receiver when he walked on at East Carolina University. He improved throughout his college career and was the recipient of the Burlsworth Trophy, given each year to the most outstanding walk-in college player.
Richardson lettered in football, basketball, and track in high school before enrolling at UCLA. He never got to play for Bruins, however, due to an arrest for felony theft. He was given a second chance at the University of Colorado Boulder, where he set the school record for receiving yards in a season.
After red-shirting his freshman year, Price became the University of Washington’s starting quarterback during his sophomore season. He set the record for touchdown passes that year, completing 29 for scores. Although undrafted after college, Price has had short stints in the NFL and CFL.