5 players under the radar

With the start of preseason camp less than a week away, CUTigers takes a look at five players under the radar as the Tigers gear up for the 2015 season.

1. TRAVIS BLANKS
A freshman All-American in 2012, Blanks was viewed as one of the top up-and-coming first year players in Brent Venables' scheme. Unfortunately, he suffered a torn ACL towards the end of the sophomore campaign. After missing last season rehabbing, he tore his ACL again while practicing for the Russell Athletic Bowl. Can he return this year and become an impact player once again? As it stands now, Blanks is now expected to return to action during preseason camp and Dabo Swinney has implied he will be given a chance to play closer to the line of scrimmage this year.

2. QB NICK SCHUESSLER
Schuessler was widely thought of as the MVP of spring ball after working with the first team for the majority of 15 practice sessions. Showing a better understanding of the offense and gaining the confidence of his teammates by the day, he gives the Tigers a quality back up to preseason ACC Player of the Year Deshaun Watson. While we all hope Watson stays healthy, chances are Nick Schuessler will play a role in the Tigers' win total in 2015. He needs to take the next step during camp to make sure he's capable of running the offense when it counts.

3. OT JAKE FRUHMORGEN
With all the hype surrounding the arrival of five-star OT Mitch Hyatt, Fruhmorgen hasn't gotten the pub he deserves entering preseason camp. Currently listed as the back-up right tackle, there's still a very good chance the true freshman could grab a starting spot on the offensive line at some point this season. Remember, his father played at Alabama and with the Miami Dolphins- so he has the blood lines. More importantly, he's been on campus since January and has the ability to overtake Joe Gore at right tackle. Keep an eye out here.

4. THE TIGHT END POSITION
It's not just one player under the radar entering the start of preseason camp, it's an entire position group. From Jordan Leggett to Jay Jay McCullough, there is enormous potential here but will it be realized? Leggett has had an impressive offseason, but he did a year ago and the consistency on game day never followed. Stanton Seckinger provides a solid receiving threat but needs to stay healthy. Cannon Smith could be the best blocker of the bunch but is inexperienced. Jay Jay McCullough offers soft hands a physical blocking presence but has been in the dog house with the coaching staff more often than not. Also - don't forget about Milan Richard - the nephew of Herschel Walker who is recovering from offseason surgery. Dabo Swinney identified this group as one he wants to see more from this season - will it happen? The potential is certainly there.

5. GERMONE HOPPER
With all the talent stockpiled at wide receiver, we simply don't talk about this potential playmaker enough. From the return game to the downfield passing game, Hopper has the kind of one-cut explosiveness desired by teams across the country. He's also dedicated himself more to his craft this offseason than ever before. Lastly, his production has increased in each of his first three years on campus. Can he take the next step this season?

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