Originally written on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 10/27/12

Unsung Heroes They are what make college football the greatest and most watched sport in the United States. Anyone who converses with others, listens to the radio, watches television, or reads the newspaper knows the names Colin Klein, Braxton Miller, and Geno Smith. I would be willing to bet that their names, individually, are said more on ESPN than the words “Notre Dame,” and that is saying something. While these players are great, I would like to give those that are hardly mentioned at all their 15 minutes of fame. Sure, the big 3 Quarterbacks may have some amazing numbers in the nations premier conferences, but its usually the unknowns that will get the last laugh while they are on their way to the Hall of Fame after stellar careers in the NFL. The following are the top 5 best unknown players in Division 1 College Football: #5 QB Taylor Heinicke – Old Dominion University via shatterthebackboard.com At 6-1, 190 lbs, Heinicke  may not be the biggest QB in college football, but he is one of the best. We all know the FCS is not known for its defensive powerhouses, but it is well known that a powerful FCS offense can push teams to victory against some of the best programs in all of football. (ie. Appalachian State over Michigan, James Madison over Virginia Tech) In a game earlier this season, Taylor set the D-I single-game passing yardage record with 730 yards in a 64-61 win over New Hampshire. He was 55 of 79 with no interceptions in the win over the Wildcats. The sophomore from Collins Hill High School in Atlanta was overlooked by every D-I college football team except for Old Dominion. Taylor Heinicke reminds me of Brett Favre. Sure, he is not big at all, but he has a very strong arm and is very accurate. Look for this guy to be playing on Sunday in a few years. 2012 Numbers: 211 of 316 Passing Attempts 67% Completion Rate 2784 Passing Yards 24 Passing Touchdowns #4 QB Jordan Lynch – Northern Illinois University via themacdaily.com The Junior from Chicago was the captain of USA Football’s 2009 gold medal winning Junior National Team. Lynch is much akin to Taylor Heinicke as far as size and stature goes. At a ‘whopping’ 6ft 0in, 215lbs, Lynch has the body build of a kicker, but plays like Tim Tebow. Lynch has the most balanced skill set in the country. He is an excellent passer, but an even better runner. He has as many passing touchdowns as he does rushing touchdowns. In an early year game against Kansas, Jordan was responsible for 369 yards of offense. He was 25 of 35 for 235 yards in the air and ran for another 134 yards on 22 carries. 2012 Numbers: 129 of 211 Passing Attempts 60% Completion Rate 1710 Passing Yards 13 Passing Touchdowns 1049 Rushing Yards 13 Rushing Touchdowns #3 WR Austin Franklin – New Mexico State University Photo Credit: Robin Zielinski / AP Franklin might be the best wide-out in college football. Why would I say something like that? Well, he plays for one of the worst teams with one of the worst offenses in college football and is still in the top of the NCAA stat charts. Austin is a DB turned WR that believes he can catch the ball no matter how poorly it is thrown. He will fit well into many pro team’s systems. Look for him to play Sundays as well. 2012 Numbers: 7 Starts in 7 Games 50 Receptions 826 Yards 8 Receiving Touchdowns #2 RB Stefphon Jefferson – University of Nevada Photo Credit: Marco Garcia/U.S. PRESSWIRE This 6ft-nothing, 200 pound running back is the smaller reincarnate of former NFL great, Terrell Davis. Averaging 174.8 rushing yards a game, Jefferson is the nations leading rusher. Jefferson is one of those backs that could play at any school in the nation and still be in the playing rotation. I would love to see what this guy can do on a Sunday with better blocking. Yes, he does play against some of the worst defenses in the nation, but its hard to argue against his talent when he has 280 more yards than #2 on the list. 2012 Numbers: 251 Rushing Attempts 1248 Rushing Yards 15 Rushing Touchdowns #1 QB Colby Cameron – Louisiana Tech via shreveporttimes.com Okay, so Colby Cameron is pretty well known in some circles. Cameron is the QB that made Johnny Manziel look like a Jr High QB. Sure, the Aggies won that game, but Cameron showed that he is one of the best passing QB’s in the country. In that 59-57 loss Cameron was 44-58 for 450 yards. Cameron reminds me a ton of Case Keenum. Yes, he plays in a quick no-huddle offense that has a ton of playmakers. Like Keenum, I dont see Colby becoming an NFL great. However, he is one of two QBs that currently have no interceptions and has broken an NCAA record with the most attempts without one. In my mind that makes him one the greatest unknown player in todays game. 2012 Numbers: 196-275 Passes Completed 0 Interceptions 2306 Passing Yards 20 Passing Touchdowns -Butts

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