Top Under-The-Radar Bowl Players To Watch

Who are some of the players to watch this bowl season that you probably haven't seen?

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Arizona vs. Nevada

Gildan New Mexico Bowl, Dec. 15

RB Stefphon Jefferson, Jr., Nevada and RB Ka'Deem Carey, Soph., Arizona -- The nation's leading rusher, Carey tore off 1,757 yards with 20 touchdowns this season, including 366 yards and five touchdowns against Colorado. Second in the nation in rushing is Jefferson, who stepped up his game to have a huge season with a 1,703-yard, 22 touchdown mark. Jefferson hit the 100-yard mark nine times, and ran for 90 or more in two of the other three games.

NC State quarterback Mike Glennon is a rising NFL Draft prospect.

East Carolina vs. Louisiana-Lafayette

R+L Carriers New Orleans Bowl, Dec. 22

PK Brett Baer, Sr., Louisiana-Lafayette -- The star in the final moments in last year's win over San Diego State – nailing a bomb of a field goal for the victory – he followed up an 18-of-20 season by hitting 17-of-20 field goals in 2012. All three of his misses came early in the year. Baer has a 10-year NFL future ahead of himself.

Vanderbilt vs. NC State

MAACO Las Vegas Bowl, Dec. 22

QB Mike Glennon, Sr., NC State -- One of the high-rising names on the draft boards, Glennon needs to come up with one final big game to wow the scouts even more. He threw for 493 yards and five scores in the shootout loss to Clemson, and he tossed for 467 yards and five touchdowns against rival North Carolina.

Central Michigan vs. Western Kentucky

Little Caesars Pizza Bowl, Dec. 26

DE Quanterus Smith, Sr., WKU and RB Antonio Andrews, Jr., WKU -- Want to win a bar bet? Ask who leads the nation in sacks. Smith has been dominant with 12.5 sacks on the season, with five coming in the win over FIU and three against Arkansas State. Meanwhile, Andrews is the nation's leader in all-purpose yards, he's coming into the game with 468 rushing yards in his last two outings. He's also a great receiver out of the backfield and an elite kick and punt returner.

Baylor's Lache Seastrunk is one of the hottest running backs in the nation.

UCLA vs. Baylor

Bridgepoint Education Holiday Bowl, Dec. 27

RB Lache Seastrunk, Soph., Baylor and RB Johnathan Franklin, Sr., UCLA -- Seastrunk is the nation's hottest back, rushing for 693 yards and five touchdowns over the last five games. He'll be a marked man, but there are too many weapons on the Bears offense to keep him under wraps. Meanwhile, Franklin turned his career around, coming up with a nice first few seasons before blowing up under coach Jim Mora as the workhorse for the attack with 100 more carries than last year. With 1,700 yards and 13 touchdowns, and 32 catches, Franklin's an elite back who should be a lock for his tenth 100-yard game of the season.

Bowling Green vs. San Jose State

Military Bowl, Dec. 27

DT Chris Jones, Sr., Bowling Green -- One of the nation's best interior pass rushers, the senior has cranked out 12.5 sacks and 19 tackles for loss. Lightning quick, Jones will have to collapse the pocket time and again to slow down David Fales and the Spartans passing game.

Rutgers vs. Virginia Tech

Russell Athletic Bowl, Dec. 28

LB Khaseem Greene, Sr., Rutgers -- Arguably the best all-around linebacker in college football -- yes, even better than a certain Heisman finalist -- he suffered a serious injury in last year's bowl, but Greene came back to make 125 tackles with six forced fumbles and 5.5 sacks. He's a terror for any offense to handle.

Northwestern's Venric Mark will be the most dangerous player on the field in the Gator Bowl.

Northwestern vs. Mississippi State Gator Bowl, Jan. 1

RB Venric Mark, Jr., Northwestern -- The Wildcats star might be the most entertaining player you haven't seen. Not only has he rushed for 1,310 yards with 11 scores, but he's been an top punt and kick returner and a solid receiver, and will be the most dangerous player on the field vs. the Bulldogs.

Florida vs. Louisville

Allstate Sugar Bowl, Jan. 2

P Kyle Christy, Soph., Florida -- It might not seem all that exciting to get fired up about a punter, but Christy is a key part of the puzzle. Not only does he average 46 yards per kick, but he's great at bailing the team out of a jam and pinning the offense deep.

Arkansas State vs. Kent State Bowl, Jan. 6

RB Dri Archer, Jr., Kent State -- The real shame about the Golden Flashes not getting into the BCS was Archer missing out on a bigger national spotlight. With 1,352 yards 15 touchdowns, and three kickoff returns for scores and four receiving touchdowns, he's one of the nation's best all-around backs.

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