Marcus Mariota, Brett Hundley, Sean Mannion and Ty Montgomery are just several of the big offensive names to watch in the Pac-12 this upcoming season. The quartet, along with a handful of other stars, will likely be featured in many of the national previews that are unveiled in the months leading up to the start of the regular season.
But should those players perform as advertised, it probably won't raise any eyebrows. We expect the talented and proven guys to showcase their skills and make a case for a variety of end-of-year honors.
Perhaps the more intriguing aspect of college football is discovering those hidden gems, players who have flown under the radar despite providing invaluable contributions to their respective teams.
Today we're power ranking the 10 most underrated players from a league with as many offensive standouts as there are in any other conference in the country. To be very clear, these are players that have shown the ability to star on offense, but due to playing in the shadow of a teammate or existing in an offense that fails to showcase their talent, they haven't become household names.
Chances are, if one of your favorite players isn't on this list, it's because he's already considered by many to be great. This eliminates guys like Bralon Addison and D.J. Foster because despite not starring or winning postseason honors, it's pretty clear to everyone watching how much they bring to the table.
Remember, too, that the only criteria here is how "underrated" we think a player is, meaning the second- or third-ranked player may not necessarily be "better" than the guy in the six or seven spot.
Now on to the list, where you'll get a first look at players who might not be so hidden after the 2014 season commences.