Far too often, players enter the season with a profile that doesn't quite match his worth to the team.
In other words, they're 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 this offseason.
First up: West Virginia.
Under the radar: CB Nana Kyeremeh
By the end of the 2012 season, West Virginia fans weren't real happy with the play at cornerback, but experienced starter Brodrick Jenkins returns while Kyremeh is likely to slide into the field corner spot to fill Pat Miller's absence. Miller had a rough 2012 season, but Kyremeh presents some hope for the position in a secondary stacked with talent and experience. Darwin Cook and Karl Joseph are solid at safety and Jenkins is beginning his second season as a full-time starter.
Kyeremeh beat out more experienced players to win the starting job in the spring, and working with first-teamers in a high-powered offense during the fall should continue to pay dividends. Kyeremeh is a blazer who should provide some much-needed speed to the Mountaineers' defense and made 15 tackles with two pass breakups in limited duty as a true freshman a year ago. The 5-foot-10, 180-pounder is a shoe-in for the Big 12's All-Name team, but already logged a start in his first season on the field. He'll get a whole lot of them this year, and though he's far from an elite-level cornerback, he could provide a boost for a WVU defense badly in need of one.