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Best Player Names in College Football

With more than half the regular season already over and the first rankings just released, college football is really starting to heat up.

The nature of football means there are more players on the roster compared to other sports. On average, college football teams have roughly 115 players. All of them will need to work together in the second half push to the playoffs. While fans tend to hear the names of star players on a regular basis, some of the other gridiron heroes can go unsung.

That's why, thanks to Athlon Sports, we're putting the spotlight on names we'd love to hear sportscasters say more often.


Gary Wunderlich, Ole Miss

Will Wunderlich score high on his Wonderlic? Who knows, but he has a field goal percentage of 83.1%.

Defensive Lineman

Demarcus Christmas, Florida State

Y'know, we're past Halloween now so it only seems fitting that Christmas music is already being played. Opposing QBs probably aren't as thrilled for the gifts that Christmas brings -- he's one of the best defensive tackles in the country.

Hercules Mata'afa, Washington State

Nothing can stand in Hercules' way when he sees a quarterback, he will move offensive lineman out of the way to make the tackle.

Sincere David, Ole Miss

David is sincerely not sorry for the amount of sacks he has made.


C.J. Stalker, Virginia

This has to be the best name for a linebacker. No running back wants to see C.J. stalking them to make the tackle.

Virginia head coach Bronco Mendenhall directs his team as Virginia linebacker C.J. Stalker (40) heads to the field during the second half of an NCAA college football game in Blacksburg, Va., Saturday, Nov. 26, 2016. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Zach Sandwisch, West Virginia

While normally being sandwiched means being in between two tacklers, well, skill positions can just get Sandwisch by Zach.

Defensive Backs

Hasan Defense, Kansas

Some guys are just born to play defense. It would have been confusing if Defense played receiver.

Kansas cornerback Hasan Defense (13) breaks up a pass intended for West Virginia wide receiver Ka'Raun White (2) during the second half of an NCAA college football game Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, in Lawrence, Kan. West Virginia won 56-34. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)

Ameer Speed, Georgia

Every defense could use more Speed at DB.

Offensive Linemen

Kingjames Taylor, Hawaii

No, he is not LeBron James, but good luck getting that Twitter and Instagram handle from him.

Hawaii offensive lineman Kingjames Taylor (71) warms up before an NCAA college football game against Nevada, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2016, in Honolulu. (AP Photo/Eugene Tanner)

Stone Forsythe, Florida

Do you think he's related to Logan Forsythe from the Los Angeles Dodgers?

Tight End

Dayton Valentine, Kansas State

Only a few players love to play tight end. Blocking and making difficult catches, it's the hardest position on the field, but I'm sure he's receiving plenty of valentines from his grateful QBs.

Wide Receivers

Charleston Rambo, Oklahoma

This is a wide receiver you don't want to mess with.

Matt Rockett, University of California Berkeley

Hopefully Matt kept the booster rockets on his back to blow past slow defensive backs.

Running Backs

Soso Jamabo, UCLA

His name might be Soso, but his speed is so, so amazing.

JaMycal Hasty, Baylor

JaMycal runs with haste and leaves defenders in his dust.


Jawon Pass, Louisville

This has to be the perfect name for a quarterback. Even though Pass is currently a backup to Lamar Jackson, we're confident his time will come. His name sounds like he should be the QB in a football movie.

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