The 25 teams projected to appear in the preseason polls this summer are expected to do so, more than any other reason, because they have superstars and established players and big-name recruits all over their depth charts.
But even—nay, especially—the best teams must get contributions from their lesser-known players each season. If the supposedly weaker parts of the roster are rescued by a dark-horse contributor or two, the bigger-name players should look all the better because of it.
The whole team should look better because of it!
In reading this list, it's important to remember that "under the radar" is relative. A well-known player to you and the fans of your team might be anonymous to everyone else. Each player included on this list is expected to contribute next season, so obviously the local media are talking about them. The national media, however, might not be.
The basis for the rankings on this list was the projected Associated Press preseason top 25 that Bleacher Report's Barrett Sallee put together in May. Obviously, everyone has a different opinion on which teams will be ranked—and that opinion, in most cases, dogmatically includes their own school—but this seemed like the fairest template.
Kindly direct all complaints to @NobodyCares, or, if you prefer, sound off in the comments for some reasonable discourse. Enjoy!