Under-the-radar performers top Kiper's list

After a full slate of Saturday games, Mel Kiper Jr. breaks down the individual performances that caught his eye in Week 1.

Originally Published: September 5, 2006
By Mel Kiper Jr. | Special to ESPN Insider
From Penn State linebackers to Rutgers running backs, Mel Kiper Jr. runs through the under-the-radar performers who caught his eye in Week 1.

LaMarr Woodley
Leon Halip/WireImage.com LaMarr Woodley had two sacks in Michigan's win against Vanderbilt.
Standout Performers
Big Ten
Michigan DE LaMarr Woodley: Woodley not only possesses top-flight outside pass rush ability, but what jumps out even more is the determined and relentless way he goes about his business. Woodley never stops hustling and chasing, and is oftentimes found making a tackle 20 yards down the field.

Penn State OLB Dan Connor: Senior outside linebacker Paul Posluszny gets all the national attention and deservedly so, but Connor is every bit his equal right now as a collegiate linebacker. He was all over the field in the Nittany Lions' opener against Akron.

Mel Kiper Jr.

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