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It's pretty hard to be considered underrated while playing for Notre Dame, but with two future first-round draft picks in WR Michael Floyd and LB Manti Te'o grabbing all the headlines in South Bend, Cierre Wood has successfully managed to fly under the radar in 2011.
Wood ranks 14th in the country with 116.8 yards per game (5.7 yards per carry) to go along with five touchdowns through five games.
He had his breakout game last week against Purdue, running for 191 yards on just 20 carries, including a 55-yard touchdown.
Wood earns the top spot on our list based on the competition he has faced through the first five weeks of the season, as the Irish schedule ranks as the fifth most difficult schedule so far in 2011.
Wood is built like your prototypical NFL running back (6'0", 215 lbs) and may entertain thoughts of entering the NFL Draft early if he continues to have games like last week against the Boilermakers.