It's tough sometimes to remember that college football players are young and still maturing—unless you're Oklahoma State's Brandon Weeden.
Yet, there are so many players who come in with tons of hype as 5-star studs, or their statistics just don't tell the complete story.
Texas' Chris Simms comes to mind, and of course there are many more.
No matter which team you root for, your college football program has that one player that is way overrated.
Vince Sutton arrived in Tuscaloosa coming off one of the greatest high school careers in Georgia state history. He was electrifying at LaGrange High School and he was expected to be a star for Ray Perkins.
However, Sutton didn't see the field too much from 1984-88. For his career, Sutton completed 92 of 215 passes for 1,102 yards and 10 touchdowns. He also had 13 passes intercepted.
He's now in need of a kidney transplant as he lives in Georgia again as a high school football coach.
When Mike Stoops was still coaching at Arizona, he found a way to lure Louis Holmes from Scottsdale Community College.
Holmes was considering Ohio State and USC, but Stoops finally got his first 5-star stud to play defense end.
However, Holmes was riddled by off-the-field issues, both legal troubles and laziness. Needless to say, he turned out to be a complete bust.
In fact, he was never even the best lineman on either of the teams he played on at Arizona.
Andrew Walter arrived on Arizona State's campus with a solid reputation from his high school days, but his career was a roller coaster that included sloppy play and injuries.
He was hurt against rival Arizona in his senior season and never played another down for the Sun Devils.
Mitch Mustain was the biggest name in recruiting coming out of Springdale High in Arkansas. He was named the National Player of the Year in 2005 after going 14-0 and winning a state championship.
He chose to stay home with the Arkansas Razorbacks, and despite going 8-0 as a starter he wasn't happy and transferred to USC.
Once he got out to Los Angeles, Mustain couldn't wrestle the starting job away from Mark Sanchez or Matt Barkley.
Tray Blackmon had so much promise, but in the end he finished with just 84 tackles in three seasons. Blackmon missed 17 games because of injuries and suspensions, and he didn't make it to his senior year.
Coming out of LaGrange High School in Georgia, Blackmon was the nation's top-rated linebacker.
Odell James was one of the nation's top quarterback recruits in 1996, and he had his choice of Texas, Oklahoma, etc.
He chose Baylor because he wanted to help turn around the Bears program.
However, he arrived with a bum knee and didn't hold onto the starting job for long. He eventually moved to defense, where he was a contributor.
Brian Toal was a consensus All-American coming out of high school, and he was even the 2004 Big East Rookie of the Year.
Unfortunately, injuries took their toll on Toal.
He missed most of the 2007 and 2008 seasons because of different injuries. He was a great player when he was on the field but didn't get a chance to live up to his potential.
Kyle Boller was the 1998 California High School Player of the Year, and he was considered the best prospect since John Elway.
Boller started almost every game of his career at Cal, but he didn't complete more than 50 percent of his passes until his senior season.
He also threw 48 career interceptions under the tutelage of Jeff Tedford.
And his career record while at Berkeley? 4-7, 3-8, 1-10 and 7-5.
Everyone at Cincinnati expected D.J. Woods to become the next great Bearcats receiver, but it just hasn't happened.
While the Bearcats were hoping for the next Armon Binns, Mardy Gilyard or Dom Goodman, it just hasn't come together like that for Woods.
The talent is still there, but he hasn't delivered and is third on the team in receiving yards this season.
After a huge junior season, Cullen Harper imploded and threw 14 interceptions and just 13 touchdowns as Clemson finished 7-6.
It was also the season that Tommy Bowden was fired after starting 3-3, and Dabo Swinney took over the Tigers.
Since Clemson didn't have anyone to challenge Harper, he remained the starter all season.
The No.1-rated high school running back in 2008 could basically pick his college, but Darrell Scott chose Colorado and gave Dan Hawkins a big-time recruit.
Well, neither one of them remains at Colorado.
At 6'1", 200 pounds, Scott had perfect size, speed and strength to be an elite runner. Yet his time in Boulder was a huge disappointment as he never really produced. He had 343 yards on 87 carries as a freshman.
He never showed the skills when he got into games that made him the top player. He also complained about lack of carries, but Hawkins never had a good reason to put him in the game.
Cody Endres was a nice recruit for Connecticut as the Huskies lured Endres out of the Pittsburgh area.
He was a productive quarterback who flashed some real potential.
However, Endres was booted from the team midway through his junior season in 2010 and was told he wouldn't be welcomed back for his senior year.
Expectations are never very high for Duke football, so really the Blue Devils don't have an individual that's been disappointing.
Instead, the entire program has been disappointing, especially since Steve Spurrier left.
Bobby Sabelhaus was a prize recruit for Steve Spurrier out of the Baltimore area in the mid-1990s.
But the quarterback with the rocket arm lost his confidence and his will to play.
He went from Florida to a junior college in California to West Virginia to San Jose State.
The former No. 1 prospect was a complete bust.
Dan Kendra chose Florida State over in-state Penn State and the strong-armed quarterback was hoping to become the next great Seminoles' signal caller.
Well, Kendra had an injury-filled career and wound up being a fullback for Bobby Bowden.
Yes, that's the definition of not living up to the hype.
When Washaun Ealey played for Georgia, he actually was productive.
He played in 21 games with nine starts during his two seasons with the Bulldogs. He rushed for 1,528 yards and 14 touchdowns, including 811 yards and 11 touchdowns in 12 games as a sophomore.
But he just couldn't stay out of trouble and was suspended and has transferred to Jacksonville State, a Football Championship Subdivision program.
Charlie Dudish is considered one of Georgia's greatest two-sport athletes of all time.
As a senior at Avondale High School, Dudish was the state's top prospect in both football and baseball and may have actually been the best two-sport athlete in the nation in 1967.
He was drafted in the second round by the San Francisco Giants, but he selected Georgia Tech.
He started at quarterback for the Yellow Jackets in his sophomore season, but was kicked off the team before the season was complete.
He was still drafted in the first round by the San Diego Padres in 1971, but he never advanced past the minors.
Martez Wilson, who was a 5-star prospect coming out of Simeon Career Academy in Chicago, didn't live up to his lofty expectations until his final season
His first two seasons were so-so, and then he missed most of his junior year after a season-ending injury.
In his fourth season, he finally lived up to his billing and became one of the best linebackers in the Big Ten.
He parlayed his big season into a third-round pick by the New Orleans Saints.
Antwaan Randle El put up some amazing numbers during his career at Indiana.
He became the first player in NCAA history to throw and run for 40 touchdowns in a career.
However, his career record was 16-29 and he never got the Hoosiers into a bowl game.
Maybe it's better to say that Derrell Johnson-Koulianos is one of the biggest disappointments in Iowa football history.
He had the potential to be one of the greatest receivers in school history.
However, Johnson-Koulianos was arrested on drug charges after the regular season and he didn't get to play in the Hawkeyes bowl game.
It's understandable why Iowa State fans recall Seneca Wallace so fondly.
He was an exciting player and made some amazing plays.
But he also threw 27 interceptions and just 26 touchdowns in two years as the starter.
Not so great, huh?
Todd Reesing got about every ounce of ability out of his 5'10" body.
He holds about every passing record in Kansas history, and his inclusion on this list is by no means supposed to disparage everything he meant to the Jayhawks program.
However, as the years go by his legend is only going to grow, and it's important to remind people that Reesing had a below-average arm.
He was a gamer, but he was very average.
I know, Allan Evridge is in a Wisconsin uniform.
But the underachieving quarterback started his career at Kansas State and then transferred to Wisconsin.
Let's just say he disappointed two sets of fans.
Fresh off winning Kentucky's "Mr. Football" in 1996, Derek Homer chose to play for the Wildcats.
He rushed for more than 8,000 yards in high school, including 3,003 and 43 touchdowns his senior season.
However, that type of production did not carry over to Kentucky.
His senior season he carried the ball just 34 times for 139 yards and finished his career with 1,689 rushing yards.
Not quite the legendary numbers the Kentucky fans had dreamed of when he chose to stay home to play college football.
Willie Williams was actually a Miami recruit coming out of high school, but he didn't last long.
Before he actually signed with the Hurricanes, a long list of criminal activities were unveiled. He was even arrested while on a recruiting trip to Florida.
He eventually ended up at Louisville where he was given a chance to turn things around, but Williams rewarded the Cardinals by getting busted for drug possession and he never played another down of Division I football.
Ryan Perrilloux is the classic story of a player with uncanny skills who couldn't stay out of trouble.
At 6'2" and 220 pounds, Perrilloux was a freak of nature. He could throw and run as well as any quarterback coming out of high school in more than 20 years.
Perrilloux was so cocky that it actually hurt him with teammates, and he also broke so many team rules that he was constantly being suspended by Les Miles.
Miles finally kicked him off the team in 2008 and he wound up at Jacksonville State, where he suspended again for breaking team rules.
Melvin Alaeze was a stud defensive end out of Randallstown, Md., and he backed up his hype with a standout performance at the U.S. Army High School All-America game.
He was arguably the most gifted prospect in the nation in 2005, but he never made it to Maryland because he couldn't get the grades or test scores necessary for admission.
Then Alaeze couldn't stay out of legal trouble.
He pleaded guilty in 2007 to first-degree assault and is serving an eight-year sentence in Maryland.
Kyle Wright was the 2003 Gatorade Player of the Year and top quarterback recruit in the country, but his hype never translated into results on the field. He was replaced several times by backup Kirby Freeman, and Wright's best season was in 2007 where he threw for 1,740 yards and 12 touchdowns.
Clearly this was not the career anyone expected, and he didn't become the next great Miami quarterback.
Drew Henson was actually called the "Golden Boy" before Tom Brady, though Brady has earned the nickname.
Henson was a can't-miss prospect in both football and baseball coming out of Michigan's Brighton High School. He was originally headed to Florida State, but chose to stay at Michigan after Chris Weinke decided to enroll at FSU.
Henson was basically Brady's backup his first two seasons and then had a breakout junior year that included 2,146 passing yards and just four interceptions. He also led Michigan to an upset win over Ohio State.
However, he didn't return for his senior season after he signed with the New York Yankees. He never got higher than Class AAA before retiring at 23.
He later played in the NFL, but never fulfilled his potential.
Tony Mandarich was a stud in college, but he admitted to using steroids, which naturally helped him become much better tan he really was.
So, for that, he gets tabbed with the overrated title.
Rickey Foggie was a standout option quarterback coming out of high school and Minnesota coach Lou Holtz convinced him to come north.
Foggie displayed some exceptional skills at times, and he did direct the Gophers to two bowl games in four seasons.
Foggie was a nice player, but nothing near the talent that Minnesota fans remember.
He went 4-7, 7-5, 6-6 and 6-5 in his four years as a starter.
Jevan Snead should have stayed in college.
After a productive sophomore season at Mississippi, Snead barely completed half of his passes and threw as many interceptions as touchdowns.
Still, he believed some of his hype and chose to leave early for the riches of the NFL.
Well, Snead has yet to take an official NFL snap.
I tried to avoid including current players, but Chris Relf has been a huge disappointment this season.
He's even been benched for Tyler Russell at times this year.
This was supposed to be the year that Relf led Mississippi State to a nine- or 10-win season.
Right now he just hopes to get the Bulldogs bowl eligible.
Mario Whitney was one of the most sought-after running back prospects in the nation coming out of Jackson (Mo.) High School after finishing his career with 5,027 yards.
Whitney played briefly his first year on campus, but was lost for the rest of the 2002 season after a shoulder injury and earned a medical redshirt.
Missouri coach Gary Pinkel moved Whitney to wide receiver during the offseason and the former star running back quit about a week later.
Sam Keller is best known as the former college football player who has sued EA Sports for the "blatant and unlawful use of [NCAA] student likeness."
We won't even get into that here.
Why he makes this list is because he transferred from Arizona State to Nebraska after losing a public quarterback duel with Rudy Carpenter.
In his one season with Bill Callahan in Lincoln, Neb., Keller put up the worst numbers of his career—2,422 passing yards, 14 touchdowns and 10 interceptions—as the Cornhuskers finished 5-7.
Mike Paulus was one of Butch Davis' many big-time recruits during his time at North Carolina.
However, the 4-star recruit could never supplant T.J. Yates as the starting quarterback, so Paulus transferred to William & Mary.
You could argue the 6'3" Paulus didn't get a fair chance to show his skills at North Carolina, but he fell way short of expectations.
Toney Baker was a 5-star recruit at Lucy Ragsdale High School in Jamestown, N.C. The former Parade All-American finished his career as the state's all-time leading rusher with 10,231 yards.
However, in four seasons with the Wolfpack, Baker never rushed for 1,000 yards nor did he ever rush for more than six touchdowns in a season.
Baker could have returned for a fifth season at North Carolina State, but he chose to leave for the NFL.
Tyrell Sutton was a four-year starter for Northwestern, but after a great freshman season injuries slowly robbed him of his exceptional speed and explosiveness.
Therefore, he never reached the heights Northwestern fans all thought he could.
It's not like it was his fault, but he was a rare get for Northwestern, and when he didn't become the huge star it was disappointing.
Maybe Ron Powlus shouldn't shoulder all of the blame. ESPN's Beano Cook should have never said what he did about Powlus.
However, Cook wasn't the only person touting Powlus as the next, great Notre Dame quarterback.
Powlus was already a legend when he graduated from Berwick High School in Pennsylvania.
He started 44 regular-season games and two bowl games. He finished with 7,602 passing yards and 52 touchdowns. However, he never won a Heisman or a a national championship at Notre Dame.
There was a lot of hype following Justin Zwick from Massillon Washington High School to Ohio State in 2002.
In his senior season, Zwick threw for 3,821 yards and 40 touchdowns. He was expected to deliver those type of number to the Buckeyes.
He replaced Craig Krenzel in his sophomore year but eventually he lost the job to future Heisman-winner Troy Smith.
Zwick did see the field some more and had a huge game in Ohio State's 33-7 victory over Oklahoma State in the Alamo Bowl.
In 2004, Rhett Bomar was the next coming of John Elway.
He played for his father, Jerry, at Grand Prairie High School in Texas, and after a stellar senior season he committed to Oklahoma.
He became the starter in just the second game of his second season, but Bomar was kicked off the team by Bob Stoops after it was learned he broke an NCAA rule.
He transferred to Sam Houston State and was eventually drafted, but has not stuck in the NFL.
Look, Zac Robinson had a nice career at Oklahoma State, but it's not as great as Cowboys fans would like to remember.
Once he lost Kendall Hunter and Dez Bryant during his final year, Robinson wasn't nearly as good.
Lache Seastrunk was a 2009 USA Today All-American after starring at Temple (Texas) High School.
He was considered a great catch for Oregon coach Chip Kelly, but as we've learned there is a back-story to Seastrunk's decision to travel to Eugene, Ore.
Seastrunk never set foot on the field for a regular-season game at Autzen Stadium, but his recruitment may result in the NCAA disciplining Oregon in the near future.
He plans to play for Baylor next season.
Sean Canfield had one great year with Oregon State and that's all most anyone remembers.
Canfield's left arm lacked the zip needed to make big throws, and prior to his final season, Canfield had thrown 17 touchdowns and 19 interceptions.
Don't get me wrong, his senior season was special, but let's not forget how average he really was.
A Pittsburgh native, Anthony Morelli was expected to attend Pitt.
However, with Tyler Palko entrenched as the starter and the first round of exits from the Big East to the ACC on the horizon, he switched to Penn State.
The Nittany Lions felt they were getting a 4-star prospect who could lift Penn State back to a national championship.
However, Morelli's inconsistent play became a real issue among Penn State fans. He was inconsistent and turned the ball over a lot.
Didn't we just mention Tyler Palko?
Well, he may have been part of the reason why Anthony Morelli didn't attend Pitt, but Palko didn't do much to impress the Panther fans either.
OK, Palko has managed to hang around NFL rosters since 2007, but the former USA Today All-American was relatively average at Pitt.
When you call someone a high school legend, the term fits Jeff George as well as anyone.
Coming out of Warren Central High School, where he was the Gatorade National Player of the Year in 1985, George was expected to be an immediate star at Purdue.
However, he left the program after one season when his position coach was fired.
At first it looked like he would end up at Miami, Fla., but he decided to stay closer to home at Illinois. He even left early from there and was taken No. 1 by the Indianapolis Colts in the 1990 NFL Draft.
For Purdue fans, he was the biggest wash out in school history.
Tom Savage became the starter at Rutgers in just the second game of his freshman season.
Naturally, expectations were high for the strong-armed Savage. He led the team to a strong nine-win campaign while throwing 14 touchdowns and 2,211 yards.
In his second season, Savage went down with an injury and was replaced by Chas Dodd, who remained the starter the rest of the season.
Savage transferred to Arizona, where he is sitting out one season.
What more can really be said about the topsy-turvy career of Stephen Garcia?
He was suspended countless times, but also displayed unbelievable skill and toughness on the field.
Unfortunately, he never put together a complete season for Steve Spurrier and he is now off the team for good.
Mike Ford originally signed with Alabama as a big prep star from Sarasota, Fla. However, he failed to qualify academically.
He landed at South Florida and the Bulls felt they had snagged a real superstar in the making.
Well, like many of the flameouts on this list, Ford was removed from the team by Skip Holtz for violating team rules.
Whitney Lewis was the top receiver prospect in the country and at 6'1", 215 pounds, he had a unique skill set that would have allowed him to be a featured running back in most systems.
But Lewis' career got off to shaky start before he even arrived.
See, Lewis wanted nothing to do with USC but it's where his parents wanted him to go, so he sort of rebelled and never lived up to his star potential.
Anthony Bookman had a solid four years at Stanford after leaving the state of Texas for California.
He was one of the state's best players in 1993, so Stanford thought it was getting a future superstar.
Instead, the Cardinal got a serviceable back.
He never rushed for 1,000 yards in a season and his best output was seven touchdowns in both his freshman and senior years.
Averin Collier arrived at Syracuse as a 4-star recruit and was the No. 1 recruit in New York.
He didn't accomplish much and was booted from the program after issues with his academics.
Meanwhile, unheralded running back recruit Antwon Bailey, who came in the same year, surpassed Collier before he even left Syracuse.
Coming out of Deerfield Beach High School in Florida, Brent Schaeffer was called the next Michael Vick.
The dual-threat quarterback received offers from many schools, but eventually settled on Tennessee—even though Eric Ainge had already committed.
Schaeffer teased the Tennessee fans and coaches by becoming the first true freshman quarterback to start a season opener for an SEC team since freshman eligibility was restored in 1973.
He got injured and was replaced by Ainge.
Schaeffer got into some legal issues that eventually led to him transferring to the College of the Sequoias and later to Ole Miss.
Even at Ole Miss, he struggled to hold onto the quarterback position and was eventually converted to defense.
It's not like Chris Simms was a horrible college player, but the expectations were so enormous that it was almost impossible for him to live up to the hype.
He was named the starter over senior Major Applewhite in 2001. The move was controversial, but after a horrible start in the Big 12 Championship Game Applewhite was inserted into the game and almost led Texas to a victory over Colorado.
Simms still finished with 7,094 career passing yards and 58 touchdowns.
But he was never an All-American or a Heisman candidate, like many had predicted.
Sherrod Wyatt was another legendary football player to come out of Dallas' Carter High School.
Many experts considered him the top cornerback recruit in the nation, but he never fulfilled those expectations as he never started a game for Texas A&M.
He was part of the program for five years and only saw spot duty on special teams.
This is a shock, considering he was ranked ahead of future NFL notables like LB Reggie Brown, QB Koy Detmer, FB Detron Smith, LB Keith Mitchell, C K.C. Jones and OG Calvin Collins.
Billy Joe Tolliver had a rocket arm and Texas Tech fans were excited to see what he could do for the Red Raiders in the late 1980s.
He set all kinds of school records, which were obviously broken during the Mike Leach years, and had an admirable NFL career, but he didn't win a bunch of games while in Lubbock, Texas.
He went 22-22-1 from 1985-88. His best year was 7-5 in 1986.
So, while guys like Graham Harrell, who put up crazy numbers for Tech, can't stick in the NFL, Tolliver had a long NFL career because he fit the profile better.
Ben Olson had unbelievable physical gifts, but he also couldn't stay healthy.
He started his career at BYU, but after taking his Mormon mission he decided to transfer to UCLA.
Obviously expectations were through the roof, but he spent more time on crutches than on the field.
Alex Smith is another one-year wonder. OK, his sophomore year wasn't too bad.
However, nothing compares to his final season (32 touchdowns and just four interceptions) with Urban Meyer at Utah.
Smith made the right call to leave early for the NFL as he was the No. 1 overall pick, but I'd bet today that San Francisco would take Aaron Rodgers with that pick.
Jay Cutler is also tabbed with the overrated label in NFL circles.
Despite all of his physical gifts, Cutler never led Vanderbilt to a winning season. His best year was his final campaign when the Commodores finished 5-6.
His previous three seasons, Vanderbilt went 6-29.
He wasn't surrounded with the best talent, but you'd think with his skills he could have led Vanderbilt to a few more wins.
Anthony Martinez was a high school All-American and he was expected to become a superstar at Virginia.
He started a few games early in his career, but he decided to switch to baseball and he never started another game for the Cavaliers.
Marcus Vick had some pretty big shoes to fill at Virginia Tech, but no one ever questioned his talent.
What Michael Vick's younger brother couldn't do was stay out of trouble.
He was suspended for the entire 2004 season for countless legal woes, but came back and played very well in 2005. However, he made a couple of very questionable decisions that seasons, including flipping off the crowd and stomping on the leg of Louisville defender Elvis Dumervil.
Frank Beamer, who loves to gives second and third chances, had enough of Vick and booted him before the 2006 season.
See Duke, as Wake Forest is very similar.
At 6'5" and 200 pounds, Craig Chambers was a big-time recruit that Washington somehow convinced to stay close to home.
However, he never experienced much success. He appeared to lack the work ethic necessary to succeed, much less earn a starting spot.
Chambers eventually left and ended up at Montana, where he suffered a career-ending injury.
Timm Rosenbach enjoyed one spectacular season and decided to head off to the NFL.
He actually led the nation in passing efficiency his junior year, but his first two years were downright a disaster.
In Rosenbach's sophomore year he threw 24 interceptions and just 11 touchdowns.
Robert Alexander was a huge prospect coming out of South Charleston, W. Va. Even USC was recruiting him, along with a number of other big programs.
He held a press conference at his high school to announce he was going to West Virginia and that he was planning to win four Heisman Trophies.
In fairness to Alexander, WVU didn't have a strong offensive line during his first three seasons, but he got a reputation as a fumbler and couldn't create anything on his own and didn't set up his blocker very well.
He even complained in the media.
In his final season, Don Nehlen arrived in Morgantown and Alexander finally eclipsed the 1,000-yard mark, but fans still remember his late fumble against Penn State that probably cost West Virginia a win.
Since Jim Sorgi has been in the NFL for seven seasons, most college fans forget how inconsistent he was as the starter at Wisconsin.
He was 7-6 in his final season and lost to Auburn 28-14 in the Music City Bowl.
Sorgi's teammates saved him most of the time, especially standout receiver Lee Evans. It also helped that Wisconsin had a strong running game.
At 6'5" Sorgi had the potential to be a serious weapon for the Badgers, but instead he became a liability.