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The Most Underrated College Football Player

Updated September 11, 2020 8.7k votes 1.3k voters 28.2k views49 items

List RulesPlease rank the players based on who is the most unappreciated

The most underrated college football players are the unsung heroes that help their NCAA Football teams achieve great things but do so without the mainstream attention paid to other players. (click here for the hottest college female athletes.) You won't see these guys on the short lists for the Heisman Trophy or among the names on the lists of the best college football players but it's certainly not because they are not deserving.

These college football players are some of the brightest and most talented in the sport but for one reason or another don't get the same glitz and glamor of others. Some play for lesser known teams, such as Northern Illinois Huskies quarterback Chandler Harnish, who threw for 8,670 yards for 66 touchdowns in his first three years, or Stedman Bailey, a senior wide receiver for the West Virginia Mountaineers who leads the team with an average of 17.9 yards per catch.

Others are simply a great among greats and are overshadowed by stronger players on their team or division. Washington Huskies quarterback Keith Price falls into that category. As of October, Price ranked second in the country with 21 touchdown passes but with other amazing players such as 2011 Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III, Kellen Moore and Andrew Luck, Price's name is rarely mentioned.

Each of these players are talented and help their respective college football team even without the media praise that other players receive. They don't play their hearts out for the attention, they play it because they love the game and want to succeed. That makes them not only the most underrated college football players in the game today but it also makes them local heroes that give the fans of their teams something to cheer about. That self sacrifice with little reward is pretty darn respectable.
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  • Melvin Gordon1
    134
    74

    Melvin Gordon

    Running back
  • Shonn Greene2
    46
    20

    Shonn Greene

    Running back

    He is the best Iowa player since Jake Christensen!

  • Mohamed Sanu3
    83
    62

    Mohamed Sanu

    Wide receiver
  • Nick Foles4
    119
    109

    Nick Foles

    Quarterback
  • Rex Burkhead5
    123
    118

    Rex Burkhead

    Running back
  • Juron Criner6
    67
    60

    Juron Criner

    Wide receiver
  • Danny Woodhead7
    69
    63

    Danny Woodhead

    Running back
  • 8
    69
    72

    Joey Bosa

  • Stedman Bailey9
    121
    141
  • Paul Richardson10
    38
    37

    Paul Richardson

  • Jordan Lynch11
    33
    30

    Jordan Lynch

  • Walter Smojver12
    25
    25

    Walter Smojver

    Defensive & Offensive Lineman

    University of Florida Gators

    Bowl Championship. Canadian Football League mega star

    Led CFL in sacks, QB rushes and tackles for losses. 

    Never passed a mirror he didn't look into.

  • Jacob Coker13
    38
    43

    Jacob Coker

    Transferring to University of Alabama to play his final year of eligibility, it may be Jacob Coker's time to emerge from the shadow of FSU stud Jaimis Winston. 
  • Justin Hardy14
    34
    38
  • 15
    10
    8

    Rodrigo Blankenship

    Kicker
  • Nick Isham16
    110
    149

    Nick Isham

  • David Wilson17
    37
    48

    David Wilson

    Running back, Kickoff returner
  • 18
    16
    21

    Lane danielson

  • Kyle Padron19
    40
    58

    Kyle Padron

  • Henry Josey20
    51
    76

    Henry Josey

  • Bacarri Rambo21
    61
    100

    Bacarri Rambo

  • Jake Christensen22
    5
    14

    Jake Christensen

    Quarterback

    He is the best Iowa player since Shonn Greene!

  • 23
    5
    5

    J. R. Reed

    Return specialist, Kickoff returner
  • Keith Price24
    167
    295

    Keith Price

    Quarterback
  • Austin Davis25
    103
    216

    Austin Davis

    Quarterback