Far too often a player enters the season with a profile that doesn't quite match his worth to the team.
In other words, players who are coming in under the radar. We'll start a new series today looking at those guys who should get more respect and attention than they have been this offseason.
Next up: Iowa State.
Under the radar: WR Quenton Bundrage
Iowa State's receiving corps has a monumental task for 2013: replacing its top three receivers from 2012, who are all gone. That leaves tight end Ernst Brun Jr. as the team's leading returning receiver. Moving forward, he could be a budding star for the Cyclones. He caught 20 passes for 232 yards and two scores last season on a team that dealt with lots of quarterback issues, but 19 of those catches and 213 of those yards came in Iowa State's final five games of the regular season. He was shut out in the Cyclones' bowl loss to Tulsa, but caught at least two passes in the five games that preceded it.
That included touchdowns against Texas and West Virginia.
Bundrage won the Dury Moss Award as the team's top newcomer after redshirting in 2011. He'll play a major role in the Cyclones' passing offense. He has great speed and after a strong spring, it's clear that Iowa State will work hard to get him the ball this fall. Iowa State has lacked explosiveness in the passing game for quite a while, but the 6-foot-2, 189-pound Florida native is a player who could provide it.