PLAYERS TO WATCH
Top performers from unranked teams
QB, Soph., Notre Dame
As a freshman he threw seven TD passes and six interceptions; his line has to give him more time to throw.
KR, Jr., Fresno State
The 6-foot 180-pounder led the nation in kickoff returns last fall, averaging 35.8 yards per runback.
RB, Sr., Boise State
Despite bruising a kidney late last season, he ran for 1,041 yards, pushing his career total to 3,418.
QB, Jr., Central Michigan
He's one of two players in I-A history to pass for 3,000 yards and run for 1,000 yards in a season, joining Vince Young.
WR, Jr., Toledo
Tall (6'5") and speedy (4.39 in the 40), he caught 73 passes and averaged 94.4 total yards per game in '07.
TOP OFFENSIVE PLAYER
Damion Fletcher (right), RB, Jr., Southern Miss.
The 5'10" pinball, who rushed for 1,586 yards and 15 touchdowns last season, will have plenty of one-on-one chances in the open field. "He can make tacklers miss in a phone booth," says new Golden Eagles coach Larry Fedora.
TOP DEFENSIVE PLAYER
Clayton Mullins, LB, Sr.,
Miami ( Ohio).
The Butkus Award candidate had 143 tackles in 2007, including 13 1/2 for losses.
TRUE FRESHMAN TO WATCH
DeAndre Brown, WR, Southern Miss.
The 6'6", five-star receiver from Ocean Springs, Miss., turned down a scholarship offer from LSU to be Fedora's first marquee signing.