BCS Bowls: Five Unheralded Players Who Will Have Big Days

Jeremy Fuchs@@jaf78Correspondent IIIDecember 26, 2012

Will Sutton
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College football fans will focus on the stars during the bowl season. However, there are plenty of unheralded players who could make a name for themselves in bowl games.

Here are our predictions for which unknown players will step into the spotlight.  



Ryan Otten, TE, San Jose State

Otten takes on Bowling Green in the Military Bowl and could put on quite a show. While he hasn't had a big season thus far, the 6'5" senior tight end has shown natural passing skills. 

Otten has caught 44 passes for 706 yards and four touchdowns. He's fluid up the middle and could eventually be a NFL tight end.

Look for Otten to have a big game and for the Spartans to win.



Mike Rallis, LB, Minnesota

Mike Rallis has been a steady defender for the Golden Gophers and will look to lead them against Texas Tech in the Meineke Car Care Bowl

Rallis has 71 tackles on the year along with a sack. He flies over the field and is a smart prospect who will find a home on special teams in the pros.

Look for Rallis to have a big impact on the game.



Will Sutton, DT, Arizona State

Sutton has had a really nice season for the Sun Devils. He'll look to continue that when Arizona State takes on Navy in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl.

Sutton has 10.5 sacks, 20 tackles for loss and also broke up five passes at the line of scrimmage. Sutton has put up these numbers while struggling with a knee injury.

Sutton will explode against Navy and could even put up a couple sacks.



Markus Wheaton, WR, Oregon State

Oregon State takes on Texas in the Valero Alamo Bowl and wide receiver Markus Wheaton could put up some huge numbers.

Wheaton has caught 88 passes for 1,207 yards and 11 touchdowns, all while playing with quarterback uncertainty.

Texas gives up almost 30 points per game, so look for Wheaton to expose a poor secondary and put up big numbers.



Vance McDonald, TE, Rice

McDonald has put up solid numbers for the Rice Owls. He'll be a key player for Rice as they take on Air Force in the Bell Helicopter Armed Forces Bowl.

McDonald has caught 35 passes for 433 yards and two touchdowns, all while missing three games due to injury.

McDonald is a big target at 6'5" and is going up against a porous Air Force defense. Look for the tight end to put up some big numbers.