1. Bowling Green wide receiver Scotty Miller was seventh in the FBS in receiving yards per game (104.4) last season and had a 16.2 yards per catch average. He recorded a total of 1,148 receiving yards and nine touchdowns in 2018 and ran a 4.3 40-yard dash at his pro day. Though from a smaller school he performed well against big-time opponents. Miller had 13 catches for 166 yards and two touchdowns against Oregon and had 10 catches for 117 yards when the Falcons played Georgia Tech.
2. Utah Kicker Matt Gay started as a soccer player at Utah Valley College before switching to kicker. He tried out as a kicker at BYU before enrolling at Utah as a walk-on. He went on to win the Lou Groza Award, given to the nation’s best kicker, in his first season as a college kicker.
3. Missouri defensive tackle Terry Beckner Jr. fought through two knee injuries early in his Missouri career but started 26 consecutive games the past two seasons. In that time, he recorded 69 tackles, 22.0 for loss, 10.5 sacks and even an interception. He was named a team captain in 2018 and as a sophomore won the 2016 Team Underclassman Leadership Award.
4. Iowa defensive end Anthony Nelson’s dad was also defensive lineman at Iowa. Anthony was an academic All-American as a junior and senior and honorable All-Big Ten selection in 2018. He also recorded over 100 hours of community service as part of the Silver Cord Organization at Iowa.
5. Beckner was the No. 2 overall recruit coming out of high school with over 20 Division I offers including Auburn, Florida State, Ohio State, Florida, LSU, Michigan, Texas A&M and USC. He was named a First-Team Freshman All-American and was First-Team Freshman All-SEC in 2015 during his first year with the Tigers.