football-fcs flag

Stan Becton | | November 23, 2022

The 10 best players on unseeded teams in the 2022 FCS playoffs

2022 FCS bracket predictions: Every playoff game picked, through the national championship

Sixteen of the 24 FCS playoff teams do not receive a seed. However, those 16 teams aren't without talent, in fact, the teams have some of the most talented players in the entire field. Here are the 10 best players on unseeded teams in 2022.


The 10 best players on unseeded teams

1 — QB Tim DeMorat | Fordham

Some might say Tim DeMorat is the best quarterback in the country. He leads the nation in passing yards and touchdowns after all. 

QB 1: The top 50 FCS quarterbacks in 2022, ranked

2 — LB Patrick O’Connell | Montana

Patrick O'Connell can come off the edge or play in space and terrorize an opposing offense.

3 — RB Geno Hess | Southeast Missouri State

Geno Hess is the best running back in the FCS playoffs and maybe the best running back in the country. The two-time OVC player of the year and Walter Payton Award finalist has 51 career rushing touchdowns and almost 4,000 career rushing yards.

🔮: Predictions, picks for every FCS playoff game and round

4 — S Robby Hauck | Montana

Robby Hauck is Montana's all-time leading tackler.

5 — LB Johnny Buchanan | Delaware

Johnny Buchanan is a tackling machine and one of the leaders of Delaware's defense.

6 — CB Justin Ford | Montana

If Justin Ford locks up a wide receiver, will it show up on the stat sheet? is starting to sound a lot like if a tree falls in a forest, does it make a sound?

AWARDS: Every finalist for the Walter Payton, Buck Buchanan and Jerry Rice Awards

7 — WR Fotis Kokosioulis | Fordham

Fotis Kokosioulis can go off for 150 yards and two touchdowns in any game.

8 —  QB Reece Udinski | Richmond

Reece Udinski can deliver the ball anywhere on the field

💥: Top 5 single-game performances from the FCS regular season

9 — DE Josiah Silver | New Hampshire

Josiah Silver is one of the best pass-rushers in the 2022 FCS playoffs.

10 — LB Tristan Wheeler | Richmond

Tristan Wheeler has been of the most consistent players at linebacker throughout his entire career.

BRACKET: See the complete 2022 FCS playoff bracket

Honorable mention

  • DL Ty French | Gardner-Webb
  • LB Ryan Greenhagen | Fordham
  • RB Jalen Hampton | Elon
  • QB Nolan Henderson | Delaware
  • WR Makai Jackson | Saint Francis (PA)
  • RB Dylan Laube | New Hampshire
  • WR Ty MacPherson | Weber State
  • QB Gevani McCoy | Idaho
  • QB Matthew McKay | Elon
  • QB Parker McKinney | Eastern Kentucky
  • DE Dylan Ruiz | New Hampshire
  • S Kedrick Whitehead | Delaware

7 questions to be answered in the second round of the FCS playoffs

With eight second-round FCS playoff games up next, here are some burning questions that will be answered this week.

November FCS games that will impact conference title races and the playoffs

Let’s look at some key games to watch in the final month of the FCS regular season.

South Dakota State, Montana State lead FCS football committee's top 10

The FCS football playoff committee revealed its top 10 teams less than a month before selections.

Subscribe To Email Updates

Enter your information to receive emails about offers, promotions from and our partners