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  • 12:40 PM ET  08.31

Despite the existence of 33 NCAA sports (and the approximately 380,000 athletes playing those sports), most casual sports fans only recognize those who play football and basketball. It’s too bad, because there are many outstanding athletes whose performances are flying under the radar. SIOC tried to rectify this problem with our annual list of the Best Athletes You’ve Never Heard Of – a collection of top performers who don’t get the recognition they deserve (for a full list and bios of each athlete, click here). Here’s who made the cut:

Arizona – Whitney Dosty, Volleyball

Arizona State – Mike Jones, Football/Baseball

Auburn – Donald Thomas, Track

Boise State – Luke Shields, Tennis

Boston College – Patrick Mellea, Track

Cal – Alysia Johnson, Track

Cornell – Jasom Remillard, Football

Dayton – Mike Braman, Rowing

Delaware – Tommy Scherr, Lacrosse

Duke – Mike Grella, Soccer

Florida – Jesse Levine, Tennis

Florida State - Caroline Westrup, Golf

Georgia Tech - Talisa Kellogg, Volleyball

Harvard - Sarah Vaillancourt, Hockey

Indiana - Christina Loukas, Swimming and Diving

Kansas – Natalie Uhart, Volleyball

LSU – Megan Falcon, Tennis

Maryland – Nicole Muracoo, Field Hockey

Michigan – Zach Putnam, Baseball

Minnesota – Leslie Knight, Basketball

Ole Miss – Barnabas Kirui, Track

North Carolina – Rachel Dawson, Field Hockey

Northwestern – Jake Herbert, Wrestling

Notre Dame - Will Yeatman, Lacrosse

Ohio State – Eric Brunner, Soccer

Oregon State – Tasha Smith, Gymnastics

Pitt – Kristy Borza, Tennis

Purdue – Maria Hernandez, Golf

Rutgers – Amy Lewis, Field Hockey

San Diego State – Adam Goldberg, Golf

Seton Hall – Eliseo Giusredi, Soccer

USC – Jamie Lovemark, Golf

Syracuse – Mike Leveille, Lacrosse

Tennessee – Rubin Williams, Track

Texas – Destinee Hooker, Volleyball/Track

Wisconsin – Craig Hanson, Wrestling

As you can tell, we don’t have every school covered. That’s where you come in. Tell us who the best athlete is at your school who deserves some recognition.

 

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