Collge football is back in full force and week one certainly lived up to the hype – and then some. Returning stars looked like they hadn’t missed a beat and new talent was on display in what is poised to be an excellent season.

The names of Heisman hopefuls and other premier talent from Power 5 schools have dominated the national headlines, but given the lack of nationally televised games and attention, there is plenty of under-the-radar talent that hasn’t been getting as much attention among Group of 5 schools.  

These names might not be household ones yet, but keep an eye out for these Group of 5 players as the 2017 season progresses:


Quinton Flowers, South Florida

Flowers enters the 2017 season as one of the best returning dual-threat quarterbacks in college football. Last year, Flowers garnered American Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Year honors after totaling 24 passing and 18 rushing touchdowns for the Bulls. Under first-year head coach Charlie Strong, USF opened its season in “Week 0” with a 42-22 victory over San Jose State. Flowers threw for 212 yards and two touchdowns, while adding one score and 70 yards rushing. Against Stony Brook, he added another pair of throwing touchdowns as the No. 21 Bulls already sit 2-0 on the season.

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Other names to know: Josh Allen (Wyoming), Mike White (Western Kentucky), Logan Woodside (Toledo).

Running back

Jalin Moore, Appalachian State

After beginning the season as a backup, Moore had arguably one of the best second halves in college football. He averaged 107.8 rushing yards per game and finished 19th in yards last season with 1,402 to go along with 10 touchdowns, which tied for second in the conference. The reigning Sun Belt Offensive Player of the Year enters 2017 with higher expectations as one of the best returning backs in not only the Group of 5, but in all of college football.

Other names to know: D’Angelo Brewer (Tulsa), Jarvion Franklin (Western Michigan),  Ito Smith (Southern Mississippi).

Wide Receiver

Courtland Sutton, Southern Methodist

An Associated Press preseason second-team All-American, Sutton is a big, physical receiver who frequently lines up outside the numbers. Standing 6-foot-4, 216 pounds, Sutton was a mismatch problem for corners and finished the 2016 season with 76 receptions, 1,246 yards and 10 touchdowns as a redshirt sophomore. He is already picking up where he’s left off the past two seasons after he caught a touchdown in the Mustangs 58-14 win over Stephen F. Austin in week one.