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College football preview 2016: Most underrated players in the Pac-12

Our Pac-12 team experts pick the most overlooked player on the team they cover.

Cody Ippolito, LB, Arizona - "He missed last season with an injury, but the coaches love his toughness and he should be healthy and ready to go from the opening game." - Jason Scheer, Wildcat Authority 

Christian Sam, LB, Arizona State - "He doesn't get talked about enough but Christian Sam was one of the leading sophomore tacklers in the Pac-12 last season and is among ASU's best NFL prospects with experience." - Chris Karpman, Sun Devil Source

Chad Hansen, WR, California - "Coaches have said he's just as fast as running back and track athlete Khalfani Muhammad, and head coach Sonny Dykes has said that he's the best NFL prospect in the receiver corps, because he combines that speed with a 6-foot-3, 190-pound frame that's got a lot of room left to add muscle. It wouldn't surprise in the least if he's the leading pass catcher on this team in 2016." Ryan Gorcey, Bear Territory

Phillip Lindsay, RB, Colorado - "The Buffaloes' leading rusher last season, Lindsay does not have elite top end speed but he is a hard-nosed runner and has quietly developed into solid back in Boulder." - Adam Munsterteiger, Buff Stampede


Darren Carrington, WR, Oregon - "Oregon junior wide receiver Darren Carrington is way underrated, but some of that is on him for breaking an NCAA rule policy and causing him to sit out six games last season. When on the field, Carrington is a game changer and is likely a high NFL draft pick when he decides to turn pro -- that is if he stays out of trouble." - Steve Summers, eDuck

Nick Porebski, P, Oregon State - "The Beavers return-coverage struggles last year were mitigated by Porebski's booming punts that limited returns. Only 16 of his 72 punts were returned last year, and he'll be punting plenty this year." - Charlie Richenstein, Scout.com

Zach Hoffpauir, DB, Stanford - "He's only underrated because he just spent a year playing professional baseball. Hoffpauir is one of the leaders of the Stanford secondary and has a chance to really shine this season." - Jackson Safon, Scout.com 

Isaako Savaiinaea, LB, UCLA - "He's been very good at middle linebacker, but has only shared time with Kenny Young. He's so underrated even the UCLA coaches haven't recognized his potential impact." - Tracy Pierson, Bruin Report Online 

Justin Davis, RB, USC - "While Ronald Jones II gets a ton of hype, and rightfully so, Davis might be the better all-around running back at this moment. He will most likely lead the team in carries for the second straight season and will continue to be a workhorse for the Trojans. - Jackson Safon, Scout.com 

Harrison Handley, TE, Utah - "He is the team's leading returning receiver and could very well be the conference's top tight end by the end of the season." - Zane Hopen, Scout.com 

Coleman Shelton, C, Washington - "When Shelton starts at center against Rutgers, he will be the first Husky offensive lineman in recent memory to have started at all five positions. He's UW OL Coach Chris Strausser's irreplaceable player - and he's only a junior." - Chris Fetters, Dawgman

Gerard Wicks, RB, Washington State - "You could pick RBs Jamal Morrow or Keith Harrington here too. WSU's backs are all-purpose yardage makers and will never rush the ball as much as others. But the trio averaged 6.06 yards per carry last year." - Barry Bolton, Cougfan

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