We did the most overrated players from BCS conferences last week, now for the most underrated players:
SEC: Darvin Adams, WR, Auburn–As a sophomore, he caught 60 passes for 997 yards and 10 touchdowns. Yet, he’s overshadowed by guys like Julio Jones and A.J. Green. He’ll be even better as a junior.
Pac-10: Jeff Maehl, WR, Oregon–He always seems to be open and he makes a lot of tough catches. Caught 53 balls for 696 yards and six touchdowns last year. Should be a security blanket for Oregon’s new quarterback this season.
Big Ten: Ben Chappell, QB, Indiana–I’ve always liked Chappell’s abilities, it’s just that he doesn’t have the best supporting cast around him. He threw for 2,942 yards and 17 touchdowns (with 15 picks) as a junior, but I think he’ll have a very good senior year and get selected on the first day of the NFL draft.
Big 12: Roy Helu, RB, Nebraska–There was a time when a Nebraska running back rushing for 1,147 and 10 touchdowns was seen as a precursor to an All-American type of season. For some reason, Helu doesn’t get a whole lot of credit for gaining his yards even though the Husker passing attack was sorely lacking last season.
ACC: Russell Wilson, QB, NC State–Quick, name the BCS conference quarterback who threw the most touchdown passes in 2009. Did you know it was Wilson, who tossed 31 of them against just 11 picks? He also threw for 3,027 yards and had a solid passer rating. Oh, and that was as a sophomore.
Big East: Jordan Todman, RB, Connecticut–The tandem of Todman and Andre Dixon filled in quite well for Donald Brown last year, with both eclipsing the 1,000-yard mark. Todman himself had a fine sophomore year, gaining 1,188 yards and scoring 14 touchdowns. With Dixon gone, look for Todman to have Brown-like numbers in 2010.