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Much of the hype heading into each season surrounds stars from the Football Bowl Subdivision’s Power 5 conferences: ACC, Big 12, Big Ten, Pac-12 and SEC. Throw Notre Dame into that mix, as well.
But last year, Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) power North Dakota State had the No. 2 overall draft pick in QB Carson Wentz. In fact, four first-rounders were picked from schools outside the Power 5 (plus, Notre Dame) last April while nine others landed in the top 100.
As part of CFB 24/7’s “16 for 16” series, I reviewed the top 16 players from outside the Power 5. Three stars from the FCS are included here, while the rest hail from the other FBS conferences.
This two-time first-team All-American Athletic Conference selection has great open-field moves and the straight-line speed to take away angles down the sideline. The junior produced back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons in his first two years with the Bulls, and is a threat in the passing game, as well. Look for USF to ride him for 200-plus carries yet again in 2016. Continue Reading by Clicking Here
by Chad Reuter, NFL Draft Analyst
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