Underrated College Football Players Who Will Surprise Us in Week 2
Week 2 in college football will be highlighted by two major contests down south that will open the door for a pair of underrated talents to make their name known.
As Miami (FL) hosts Florida, all eyes will be on Hurricanes running back Duke Johnson and the Florida run defense. However, it may be Miami's quarterback who has the biggest say in the outcome.
Meanwhile, in the SEC, one South Carolina running back will be out to challenge Georgia's Todd Gurley for the crown as the league's top rusher.
In the Big 12, a pair of skill players will be fighting to take the conference's spotlight in Week 2.
Finally, find out what small-conference quarterback could be giving a Top 5 team fits this weekend.
Note: All rankings based on the Week 2 Associated Press poll.
Stephen Morris: QB, Miami (FL)
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No. 12 Florida at Miami (FL)—Saturday, 12 p.m. EDT
Miami quarterback Stephen Morris just can't seem to draw attention from those around him.
Atlantic Coast Conference headlines are dominated by Clemson's Tajh Boyd and Florida State's Jameis Winston. Meanwhile, in his own locker room, Morris is overshadowed by running back Duke Johnson.
This weekend as Miami hosts Florida, the Hurricanes are going to need outstanding play from their quarterback.
As the Gator defense keys in on Johnson, Morris will come through with that big day.
Mike Davis: RB, South Carolina
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No. 6 South Carolina at No. 11 Georgia—Saturday, 4:30 p.m. EDT
Most of the attention in the Southeastern Conference has been on two sophomore running backs: Todd Gurley of Georgia and Alabama's T.J. Yeldon.
This weekend South Carolina sophomore ball carrier Mike Davis will show that he is in the same class as his SEC peers.
Davis was excellent in Week 1 against North Carolina, as he tallied 115 yards and one touchdown off just 12 carries.
Look for him to duplicate that kind of production against a Georgia defense that struggled Week 1 against Clemson.
David Ash: QB, Texas
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No. 15 Texas at BYU—Saturday, 7 p.m. EDT
Texas has been lacking at the quarterback position since the departure of Colt McCoy.
Now it appears as though the Longhorns are finally under the guidance of an experienced signal-caller to lead them out of their recent slump.
Junior David Ash had a rough start in Week 1 but bounced back in a big way. When all was said and done, the Belton, Texas native was 20-of-28, passing for 343 yards and four touchdowns to go with 91 yards and a touchdown on the ground.
After leading a 56-7 annihilation of New Mexico State, look for Ash to continue his strong play against a tough BYU defense in Week 2.
Charles Sims: RB, West Virginia
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West Virginia at No. 16 Oklahoma—Saturday, 7 p.m. EDT
Charles Sims transferred from Houston to West Virginia to play under the spotlight in the Big 12 Conference.
In Week 2, the senior has his chance to do just that when WVU takes on Oklahoma.
It may be tough going in Norman, Okla. for the Mountaineers, but Sims should shine regardless. After going for 120 yards and a touchdown on the ground against William & Mary, look for Sims to come up big again, and perhaps have a bigger role in the WVU passing game against the Sooners.
David Fales: QB, San Jose State
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San Jose State at No. 5 Stanford—Saturday, 11 p.m. EDT
Stanford will be making its 2013 debut as it hosts San Jose State. However, this is far from a cupcake matchup to start the season.
SJSU is led by David Fales, a talented quarterback with NFL aspirations.
Even against the stingy Stanford defense, Fales will have success.
Fales will look to hook up with receivers Chandler Jones and Noel Grigsby early and often as the Spartans attempt to give the Cardinal a run for their money.