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February 10, 2010
Walk-ons go from no stars to shining stars
This time a week ago, college football enthusiasts were counting stars and celebrating (or lamenting) their team's recruiting classes.
No doubt, rosters filled with four- and five-star prospects create visions of glory in future years.
But history shows that there will be some future standouts who had no stars affixed to their names last week. In fact, players who didn't even receive a scholarship offer will emerge as stars in a year or two.
Here's an alphabetical list of some of the nation's top players who originally were walk-ons.
G Howard Barbieri, Rutgers
G Doug Bartels, Northwestern
C Sean Bedford, Georgia Tech
SS Jordan Kovacs, Michigan
WR Scotty McKnight, Colorado
DE Josh McNary, Army
SS Andrew Rich, BYU
RB Chad Spann, Northern Illinois
WR Alex Torres, Texas Tech
OT Mike Remmers, Oregon State
WR Graham Zug, Penn State
There are numerous kickers who began as walk-ons. Here's a look at three of the best:
Casey Barth, North Carolina
Alex Henery, Nebraska
Grant Ressel, Missouri
Olin Buchanan is the senior college football writer for Rivals.com. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.