Follow these FBS players from the suburbs
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They're spread from Hawaii to Boston, Houston to Wyoming, but reside mostly in the Midwest.
We went looking for players from the Daily Herald coverage area on active FBS rosters and found 127 of them. Sorry, FCS players at smaller schools, but that's a project for another time. Apologies if anyone was overlooked, but you know where to send the email so we can update the list online and keep everyone up to date (see chart on left).
Offense dominates this suburban list — specifically offensive line, with 41 players. There are 20 wide receivers, 13 defensive linemen, 11 running backs, 10 linebackers, 10 tight ends, 9 punters/kickers, 8 quarterbacks and 5 defensive backs.
High schools from all over the area are represented, with Barrington, Montini and Wheaton Warrenville South contributing seven each, followed by Glenbard West, Stevenson and Waubonsie Valley with six each.
College football season kicks off Thursday, while the local teams open on Saturday. Illinois hosts Southern Illinois (11 a.m., BTN), Northern Illinois visits Iowa to exact some revenge from last year's last-minute loss at Soldier Field (2:30 p.m., BTN), and Northwestern heads west for a rematch of the 1949 Rose Bowl against California (9:30 p.m., ESPN2).
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Tracking suburban stars on college football's biggest stage
Here's a look at former suburban football players on FBS rosters around the country.
Name, College (High School), Position (Year)
Nick Adams: Central Michigan (Crystal Lake South) LS (Jr.) Finished last season as No. 2 long-snapper; saw action in one game.
Jack Allen: Michigan State (Hinsdale Central) OL (So.) Started at C/LG last fall; not on two-deeps this week after MSU shuffled line.
Brad Anlauf: Michigan (Hinsdale Central) WR (RS-Fr.) Preferred walk-on credited with helping recruit HC senior Ian Bunting for UM.
Ben Bach: Indiana (Wheaton Warrenville South) DB (Fr.) Two-sport star in high school trying to land a spot in Hoosiers' secondary.
Hayden Baker: Northwestern (Cary-Grove) OL (Jr.) Listed as second-team right guard; earned Academic All-Big Ten honors last fall.
Quinn Baker: Northwestern (Cary-Grove) WR (Fr.) Former high school quarterback trying to lock on as a receiver.
Mickey Baucus: Arizona (Carmel) OL (Jr.) Heading into third season as starting LT, 25 starts so far in career; listed at 6-8, 305.
Garret Becker: Miami of Ohio (Marmion) RB (RS-Fr.) Son of former Bears OL Kurt Becker, a member of Super Bowl champions.
Chad Beebe: Northern Illinois (Aurora Christian) WR (Fr.) 5-9 receiver trying to follow in footsteps of father Don, who played in 6 Super Bowls.
Jake Bernstein: Vanderbilt (Crystal Lake South) OL (RS-So.) Starter at G midway through last season; Commodores had six straight wins.
Tanner Blain: Kentucky (Lakes) K (RS-Fr.) Booted a 31-yard FG and 43-yard punt in spring game; not on two-deeps this week.
Brian Bobek: Minnesota (Fremd) OL (Jr.) Missed spring with an illness; lettered at Ohio State in 2011, then sat out as transfer.
Peter Bonahoom: Illinois (Prospect) WR (So.) Has good speed, with four catches for 31 yards in the spring game.
Kyle Bosch: Michigan (Wheaton St. Francis) OL (Fr.) Ranked as high as the No. 48 prospect in the country by scout.com.
Joel Bouagnon: Northern Illinois (Aurora Christian) RB (Fr.) Big back ran for 1,475 yards while leading Aurora Christian to 3A state title.
Nate Boudreau: Indiana (Neuqua Valley) QB (RS-Fr.) Walk-on earned a scout team player of the week award last fall.
Tate Briggs: Northern Illinois (Montini) OL (Fr.) Listed at 6-4, 297 pounds, Briggs started on two state title teams at Montini.
Jacob Brinlee: Northern Illinois (Lake Zurich) WR (So.) Former LZ running back was a rare walk-on who saw action as a true freshman.
Jake Brodner: Duke (Glenbard West) OL (Fr.) Long-snapping candidate; Hilltoppers 24-1 past two years with him in lineup.
Franklin Bruscianelli: Cincinnati (Montini) LB (RS-Fr.) Started on three state title teams; fhis ather, Jack, played at Cincy in 1988-89.
Ryan Brown: Northern Illinois (St. Charles North) OL (RS-Jr.) Possible starter at RT this fall after playing both sides of the line last season.
Ryan Callen: Miami of Ohio (Hinsdale Central) OL (RS-Fr.) Finished fifth in state shot put in 2012; not listed on Miami's two-deeps this week.
Nick Campos: Indiana (Wheaton Warrenville South) Punter (RS-Fr.) Listed as No. 2 punter on depth chart, behind sophomore Eric Toth.
Johnny Caspers: Stanford (Glenbard West) OL (So.) Listed as second-team left guard behind senior David Yankey.
Hassan Clayton: Vanderbilt (Loyola) RB (Sr.) Arlington Heights native made squad during student tryouts; on scout team.
Ron Coluzzi: Central Michigan (Naperville North) K (RS-Fr.) Vying for No. 1 kicker role after booting a 50-yarder in spring game.
Will Cronin: Notre Dame (Immaculate Conception) QB (Sr.) After leading IC to 2A state title in '08, is trying to make an impact on Fighting Irish.
Scott Daley: Notre Dame (Downers Grove South) LS (So.) Ranked best long-snapper in nation by scout.com. Did not play as a freshman.
Davaris Daniels: Notre Dame (Vernon Hills) WR (Jr.) Pulled in 31 receptions for 490 yards last fall; had 115 yards national title game.
Hayden Daniels: Houston (Naperville Central) WR (RS-So.) Started at Illinois, then transferred closer to older brother Owen, a TE for the Texans.
Titus Davis: Central Michigan (Wheaton Warrenville South) WR (Jr.) All-MAC second team last year with 43 receptions for team-best 860 yards.
Corey Davis: Western Michigan (Wheaton Warrenville South) WR (Fr.) Brother of CMU's Titus had good fall camp and expected to start as true freshman.
Grant DePalma: Western Michigan (Prospect) LB (So.) Transfer from Rose-Hulman majoring in construction engineering.
Doug Diedrick: Northwestern (Montini) TE (So.) Played in two games; named special teams practice player of week three times.
Peyton Eckert: Indiana (Prospect) OL (Jr.) Started six games as a true freshman, then all 12 last year at right tackle.
Mitch Ewald: Indiana (Waubonsie Valley) K (Sr.) Needs just 5 field goals and 13 extra points to become IU's all-time leader
Anthony Farinella: Bowling Green (Downers Grove South) K (So.) Second season of handling kickoff duties; had 7 touchbacks as true freshman.
Josh Ferguson: Illinois (Joliet Catholic) RB (So.) Naperville native started six games last year, ran for 312 yards on 75 carries.
Evan Finnane: Army (St. Edward) DL (So.) More than 20 members of Finnane's extended family have served in the military.
Shane Finnane: Army (St. Edward) DL (Sr.) Civil engineering major hasn't seen game action during his first three seasons.
Pat Flavin: Illinois (Benet) OL (So.) 6-7, 300 pounds, he played in one game last season; now listed second team RT.
Troy Fumagalli: Wisconsin (Waubonsie Valley) TE (Fr.) Reportedly turned down N.C. State, Minnesota and Syracuse to walk on here.
Cole Gardner: Eastern Michigan (Batavia) TE (RS-Fr.) Former basketball star at Batavia listed as No. 2 TE on EMU's depth chart.
Logan Gaskey: Ohio State (Stevenson) OL (Fr.) One of five invited walk-ons at OSU this fall; enrolled in business school.
Graham Glasgow: Michigan (Marmion) OL (RS-So.) Listed as starting left guard; former walk-on was given a scholarship this week.
Ryan Glasgow: Michigan (Marmion) DL (RS-Fr.) Decided to follow his older brother Graham to Michigan as a preferred walk-on.
Colin Goebel: Iowa (Naperville North) OL (Fr.) The 6-foot-5, 280-pound lineman was rated the No. 35 guard nationally by ESPN.
Mark Gorogianis: Northwestern (Montini) WR (Fr.) Part-time quarterback in high school walking on as a receiver.
Taylor Graham: Hawaii (Wheaton North) QB (Jr.) Expected to start for the Rainbows; sat out year after transferring from Ohio State.
Austin Guido: Western Michigan (Waubonsie Valley) RB (Fr.) Listed as second-team FB; ran for 2,377 yards as a senior at Waubonsie.
Zach Guritz: Northwestern (Hinsdale South) OL (Fr.) Preferred walk-on's great grandfather Don was a three-year starter at NU.
Gus Handler: Colorado (Barrington) OL (Sr.) Expected to start at center; limited to 5 games last year due to injuries.
Sam Handler: UCLA (Barrington) WR (RS-Fr.) Both parents and two uncles of Handler brothers were college athletes
Andrew Harte: Minnesota (Montini) K/P (Fr.) Downers Grove native converted 112 straight extra points at Montini.
Eric Hauser: Northwestern (Loyola) LB (RS-Fr.) Lake Barrington native walked on after helping lead Loyola to 2011 8A title game.
Jon Hoffing: Western Michigan (Libertyville) OL (RS-Jr.) Listed as starting center; played in six games the past two seasons.
Greg Hohenstein: Bowling Green (Wheaton Warrenville South) LS (RS-Fr.) Slated to be the Falcons' top long-snapper this season.
Blake Holder: Northern Illinois (Streamwood) WR (Fr.) Track star in high school will be looking to help Huskies stretch the field.
Jake Hurcombe: Eastern Michigan (Stevenson) OL (RS-Fr.) Listed as starting LG and backup C on depth chart; checks in at 6-3, 302 pounds.
Mark Iannotti: Eastern Michigan (Schaumburg) QB (RS-So.) Listed as second-team QB on depth chart; saw action in one game last season.
Michael Ippolito: Northern Illinois (Neuqua Valley) DT (R-Fr.) In second season in DeKalb, listed on the depth chart at both DT and DE
Jaleel Johnson: Iowa (Montini) DL (RS-Fr.) Listed as second-team defensive tackle, but expected to see reps this season.
Malin Jones: Northwestern (Joliet Catholic) RB (RS-Fr.) Well-regarded Naperville native could be in the mix to spell Venric Mark this fall.
Chris Kantzavelos: Central Michigan (Bartlett) DE (Fr.) A TE/DE in high school. Kantzavelos is hoping to get a chance to play early.
Jackson Keeler: Wisconsin (Barrington) OL (Fr.) The 6-foot-6, 302-pounder was rated No. 29 offensive tackle nationally by ESPN.
Rafe Kiely: Wyoming (Wheaton North) C (So.) Listed as No. 2 center heading into fall camp; played in one game last season.
Jack Konopka: Northwestern (Fremd) OT (Jr.) In three years at NU, has moved from TE to RT and will now start at left tackle.
James Kristoff: Western Michigan (Barrington) OG (So.) Listed as starting left guard; started two games last season as a true freshman.
Adam Kulon: Toledo (Jacobs) DE (Fr.) 3-star recruit by scout.com and 24/7Sports plans to study mechanical engineering.
Matt LaCosse: Illinois (Naperville North) TE (Jr.) Listed as one of three first-string tight ends; pulled in 3 receptions last season.
Zach Lewis: Miami of Ohio (Prospect) OL (Jr.) Starting left tackle; started 17 games past two seasons.
Nick Lifka: Boston College (Naperville North) DL (So.) Appeared in four games last season, getting 12 snaps at Northwestern.
Jarrid Lloyd: Ball State (Benet) OL (Fr.) 3-star recruit by ESPN and former rugby player who checks in at 6-5, 255.
Christian Lombard: Notre Dame (Fremd) OL (Sr.) Started every game last season at RT; saw action in every game in 2011.
Tim Lukas: Illinois (Hersey) WR (Sr.) After two years at Carthage College, Lukas saw action in two games last fall.
Jack Lynn: Minnesota (Lake Zurich) LB (RS-Fr.) Battled for starting MLB spot, but will likely begin season at No. 2 on depth chart.
Joe Marchese: Maryland (Stevenson) LS (Fr.) Received offer to walk on after an injury left Terps low on long-snappers.
Nathan Marcus: Vanderbilt (Glenbard West) TE (Fr.) A 3-star recruit, he was rated No. 15 tight end nationally by ESPN.
Boston Matthews: Toledo (Crystal Lake South) OL (Fr.) At 6-foot-3, 245 pounds, Matthews was rated the No. 16 center nationally by ESPN.
Brandon Mayes: Northern Illinois (Aurora Christian) DB (Fr.) Highest-rated of NIU's three AC recruits; had 75-yard INT return in state title game.
Scott McDowell: Illinois (Hinsdale Central) OL (So.) Saw action in one game last season; not listed on two-deeps for season opener.
Jarel McGriff-Culver: Louisville (Downers Grove South) FB (RS-Jr.) Appeared in every game the past two years; has 4 catches for 31 yards.
Matt Micucci: Northwestern (Stevenson) P/PK (RS-Fr.) Former high school quarterback trying to earn a kicking job with Wildcats.
Jack Milas: Ball State (Rolling Meadows) QB (Fr.) Passed for 5,961 yards and 71 touchdowns at RM, rated No. 45 QB by ESPN.
Carl Miller: Wisconsin (Stevenson) LB (Fr.) After originally committing to Air Force, Miller decided to walk on at Wisconsin.
Nick Monaghan: Missouri (Downers Grove South) OL (RS-So.) Didn't play last season; lists long snapping as a specialty.
Alex Morrow: Northern Illinois (Streamwood) RB (RS-Fr.) Fits the popular mold of small, quick back with a variety of skills.
Chase Murdock: Toledo (Barrington) LB (So.) Enters season as a starting inside LB; made 11 tackles last year as a true freshman.
James Nudera: Illinois (York) QB (So.) Getting practice reps won't be easy with Oklahoma State transfer Lunt on scene.
Michael Odom: Northwestern (Benet) LB (RS-Fr.) Walk-on whose father, David, is head coach at Proviso East High School.
Ryan Oruche: Central Michigan (Downers Grove South) DB (So.) Saw action in eight games last fall and named defensive scout team player of year.
Miles Osei: Illinois (Prospect) WR (Sr.) Former QB switched to slot receiver midway last season and had 6 catches.
Reilly O'Toole: Illinois (Wheaton Warrenville Sout) QB (Jr.) Backup QB threw for 564 yards last season with a 74.7 completion percentage.
Mike Panico: Northwestern (Carmel) RB (RS-Fr.) Walk-on won special teams practice player of week during redshirt season.
Paul Perschon: Toledo (Conant) OL (RS-Fr.) Plenty of size at 6-foot-6, 310 pounds; listed as one of two back-up right tackles.
Leslie Poole: Illinois (Conant) WR (So.) When not practicing with team, he's a resident advisor in one of the dorms.
J.P. Quinn: Central Michigan (Neuqua Valley) OL (Fr.) A 3-star recruit by ESPN, he checks in at 6-foot-4, 280 pounds.
T.J. Rhattigan: Penn State (Neuqua Valley) LB (RS-So.) Did not see game action after suffering torn ACL in 2012 spring game.
Drew Recker: Notre Dame (Lakes) DB (Fr.) Walked on after helping lead Lakes to playoff success the last two seasons.
David Reisner: Illinois (South Elgin) K (R-Fr.) After starting at Naval Academy, Reisner walked on with the Illini in the spring.
Tim Russell: Illinois (St. Charles East) TE (Sr.) Has been holder for FGs and PATs; scored a 2-point conversion vs. Ohio State.
Stephen Salata: Wisconsin (Stevenson) K (RS-So.) Listed as second-team punter and holder; made his debut late last season as holder.
Michael Santacaterina: Northern Illinois (Geneva) LB (RS-Jr.) In a battle for starting MLB spot, but should get playing time; 28 tackles last season.
Josh Schaffer: Western Michigan (Neuqua Valley) WR (Sr.) Recorded 62 catches for 811 yards last two seasons, with a 66-yard run vs. UMass.
A.J. Schurr: Army (Libertyville) QB (So.) Lost close battle for starting QB job to junior Angel Santiago, but should get reps.
Tommy Schutt: Ohio State (Glenbard West) DL (So.) Reportedly suffered broken foot in practice and will miss 6-8 weeks; lettered as true freshman.
Blake Serpa: Central Michigan (Kaneland) DE (So.) Could start; played in 10 games last fall and had a sack in Little Caesars Bowl
Jake Sinkovec: Boston College (Carmel) TE (Sr.) Listed as starting FB heading into fall camp, but is out indefinitely with an injury.
Alex Smith: Central Michigan (Barrington) DE (Sr.) Starting DE; back for fifth year after being sidelined by knee injury last fall.
Evan Spencer: Ohio State (Vernon Hills) WR (Jr.) Over two seasons, OSU legend's son has 15 receptions (214 yards, 1 TD).
Jess Striedl: Northern Illinois (St. Charles East) TE (RS-Jr.) Three-year starter in high school has not seen game action for Huskies.
Adam Szott: Army (Waubonsie Valley) OL (Fr.) Following the family tradition with brother John at Army and Mark at NU.
John Szott: Army (Waubonsie Valley) OL (Sr.) Played in all 12 games last season; listed as backup left guard.
Mark Szott: Northwestern (Waubonsie Valley) TE (RS-So.) Listed as second-team super back; saw action in four games last season.
Austin Teitsma: Illinois (Glenbard South) DL (Jr.) Starter at DT; played in every game last year, collecting 15 tackles.
Kevin Tennenbaum: Northern Illinois (Buffalo Grove) WR (RS-Fr.) After redshirting, caught 3 passes for 22 yards in the spring game.
Mike Trumpy: Northwestern (Wheaton North) RB (Sr.) After recovering from torn ACL, ran for 349 yards last fall; will spell Venric Mark/
Dan Vitale: Northwestern (Wheaton Warrenville South) TE (So.) Caught 28 passes last season; should be one of Wildcats' top weapons this fall.
Dan Voltz: Wisconsin (Barrington) OL (RS-Fr.) Listed as one of two first-team centers on depth chart.
Jordan Walsh: Iowa (Glenbard West) OL (So.) Listed as starting RG; started once at LG last season and played in seven games.
Chris Watt: Notre Dame (Glenbard West) OL (Gr. Heading into his third year as starting LG; has already earned marketing degree.
Mark Weisman: Iowa (Stevenson) RB (Jr.) One of Big Ten's biggest surprises, rushed for 815 yards last fall – ninth in league.
Jordan Westerkamp: Iowa (Montini) WR (RS-Fr.) Expected to play this year after redshirting; 4 catches for 21 yards in spring game.
Matt Williams: Northern Illinois (Geneva) WR (RS-Fr.) Played QB in the spring game, then was converted to receiver in the summer.
Bobby Winkel: Northern Illinois (Marmion) LB (RS-Jr.) Played in 7 games last year, mostly special teams; started fall camp on injured list.
Kyle Zelinsky: Central Michigan (Bartlett) LB (Sr.) Is back in practice after missing past two seasons due to injury; 29 career tackles.
Jake Ziolkowski: BYU (Wauconda) DB (RS-Fr.) His high school coach, Dave Mills, played at BYU from 1981-84.
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