Pivo's Most Unheralded College Football Players

This week Pivo lists ten players who most likely will not be on anyone's Heisman ballets, but their accomplishments so far are meriting recognition. Two of the names are familiar to Duck fans, one just set a record and the other - could spoil next Saturday night tailgating celebrations at Autzen Stadium.

Pivo's Most Unheralded College Football Players

10) Jared Siegel. PK, Oregon - Duck fans certainly know about Siegel, but the rest of the country may not. He's 12/13 on field goals this season including ones from 52, 53, and 59 yards... if he keeps it up he could be All-American and a candidate for the Lou Groza Award awarded to the nation's best kicker.

9) Lynaris Elpheage, DB, Tulane - seven interceptions leads nation. 8) Adam Hal, QB, San Diego State - Good quarterback on a horrible team. Aztecs are 1-6. Hall is averaging 350 yards passing per game. True, he is usually in comeback mode, but his TD to interception ratio is pretty good at 12/5.

7) Fisher Deberry, Head Coach - Air Force- I'm going off the board with this one by choosing a Head Coach. While the other service academies aren't good at all, Deberry continues to produce great teams. The Falcons are 6-0 going into this weekend's game against Notre Dame. By the way Air Force is favored by 3-points.

6) Cliff Washburn, DE - The Citadel - First year playing football after starting a Citadel record 102 games for the basketball team. At 6-7, 270 pounds he is turning into a force on the football field. Four sacks this past weekend, giving him seven for the season.

5) Eli Manning. QB, Ole Miss - I know Manning isn't an unknown commodity... but he's re-writing the Ole Miss record book. The junior has 43 career touchdowns...his dad only had 31.

4) T.A. McLendon, RB, North Carolina State - The freshman running back ran for 164 yards against North Carolina this past weekend with a cast on his broken wrist...you try doing that.

3) Chris Brown, RB, Colorado - piling up huge numbers this season. Ran for 309 yards against Kansas - giving him 987 for the season. That means he's averaging 164 yards per game on the ground

2) Charles Rodgers, WR, Michigan State - Prior to this past weekend he had scored in 14 straight games...quite possibly the lone bright spot in what's turning out to be a poor season for the Spartans.

1) Terrell Suggs, DE, Arizona State - The most dominating defensive player in the Pac-10...Oregon better know where No. 48 is at all times Saturday - has recorded 12 sacks already this season - 32 for his career. He's from Minneapolis, Arizona...talk about a contrast of terms.

Ron Pivo is a Sports Reporter and Anchor for KGW Northwest NewsChannel 8, in Portland and can be seen weekdays. Ron's prior experience includes working as a sports reporter and anchor at KMTR-TV(NBC) in Eugene, as Sports Director at KOBI-TV(NBC) in Medford and as Sports Director at KPIC-TV(CBS) in Roseburg.

A native of Encino, California, Pivo graduated from California State University-Northridge with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Broadcast Journalism and a Minor in Sociology. Ron and his wife Joanna have one cat, named Winston. In his spare time, Ron enjoys golfing, listening to music and spending quality time with his family.

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