Some players get more recognition than others. That’s just how college football, and sports in general, works.
Recently, 247Sports published a list of the 10 best players who nobody is talking about as he head into the 2019 college football season. Two of those players come from the B1G.
Penn State defensive lineman Yetur Gross-Matos and Michigan offensive lineman Ben Bredeson were the two B1G names on the list. Gross-Matos was ranked No. 4 and Bredeson rounded out the list at No. 10.
Here’s what 247Sports had to say about Gross-Matos:
Micah Parsons got much of the love off Penn State’s defense last fall as true freshman linebacker, but this this rising junior defensive end was the most feared player if you ask any opposing offensive coordinator. Gross-Matos made a living feasting on offensive tackles and disrupting plays before they started. He finished second in the Big Ten and 12th in FBS ranks with 1.5 tackles for loss per game and was also eighth in the Big Ten and No. 47 nationally in sacks per game (0.62). Gross-Matos is currently tied with Bruce Clark (1978), Todd Atkins (1994), Lavar Arrington (1999) and Arron Maybin (2008) at No. 8 on Penn State’s all-time season tackles for loss list and will go down as one of the program’s all-time greats on his side of the football.
247Sports also explained why Bredeson made the cut:
A member of our own ‘most irreplaceable players in 2019′ list, Bredeson joined first-round pick Devin Bush as Michigan’s first junior captains since 2013 last fall and didn’t disappoint as the Wolverines’ most consistent blocker. His return was a bit surprising considering Bredeson was rated as the nation’s third-best draft-eligible guard in the 2019 class, per Mel Kiper Jr. The anchor up front for Michigan, Bredeson is a three-year starter and a two-time second-team All-Big Ten honoree.
You can view 247Sports’ full top 10 list here.