I felt I should discuss at least few players that are playing very, very well right now -- players going unnoticed that are flying under the radar -- that I believe deserve some major recognition for what they're accomplishing right now.
QB Bill Stull, 6-3 215 4.86, Pittsburgh
Stull is much improved from last year and currently has put up 1654 passing yards with 16 TDs to only 4 INTs, while adding 1 Rushing touchdown. Possessing adequate size and mobility, Stull -- while he doesn't have a rocket arm -- throws with nice touch and accuracy on his passes. He has quietly led Pitt to 7-1 record so far this season.
WR Freddie Barnes, 6-1 206 4.65, Bowling Green
Say what you wish about his forty time, the man has been absolutely on fire this year. Eight games through the season he already has surpassed 1000 yards. His current totals on the year? How about 99 receptions for 1054 yards and 9 TDs. That's not a typo. He has NINETY NINE catches. That means he's averaging over 12 catches per game and 1 TD per game. Just to add.. He's also ran for 30 yards and 1 TD this year. His best performance so far was a 22 catch, 278 yard, 3 TD performance against Kent St. (BGU won 36-35). His 22 catches were 1 less than the NCAA record. He leads the NCAA in catches and nobody is even close to him, and I seriously down anyone will catch up to Barnes. Even with teams double-teaming him now, he can't be stopped. While Barnes lacks speed, his precise route-running, strength after the catch, and terrific hands make him someone who has to be drafted in April -- at least late -- despite the lack of speed and less-recognized program he's in.
DE/OLB Arthur Moats, 6-0 250 4.58, James Madison
This kid has had a sack and a tackle for loss in every single game this season except for one (a 35-38 loss to Maryland) and has really turned some heads after his marked improvement this season. Last year he finished with 8 sacks; This year he already has 7 to go along with 17.5 Tackles For Loss and 1 FF. Moats does not have great size and will probably measure in at around 5-11, but his 4.5-4.6 speed and high motor, much like Elvis Dumervil, make him one of the best players in the FCS and a player to keep your eyes on in the later rounds when looking at developmental pass-rushers.
SS Kyle McCarthy, 6-0 210 4.58, Notre Dame
While not from a lesser known program in the least, McCarthy has quietly been an outstanding performer this year, and with his continued success, I can see him rising very quickly up the boards into early day two. One of the most sure tacklers you might ever see and extremely underrated in coverage, he already has 5 interceptions this year, 1 TFL, and 3 Pass break-ups. McCarthy is one player in particular that I really hope the 49ers have their eyes on and possibly would draft in 2010.
[ Edited by OnTheClock on Oct 29, 2009 at 8:13 AM ]