Foothill QB Josh Riddell (6-1, 195) is one of those players and he's come up big for Owls since he stepped on campus.
"I had a pretty good year last year and I've started off pretty well this year," Riddell told JCFootball.com recently. "Over the summer I really wanted to work on my accuracy because it wasn't as good as I wanted it to be last year, so that's what I worked on. My mechanics needed work and I've got that down and I think it's really improved so far this year."
Riddell completed 57% of his passes last year and had 1,973 yards with 18 touchdowns and nine interceptions. So far this year he's been even better.
"He's playing on another level right now," Foothill assistant coach Aaron Ingram said. "He had an incredible game last week (against Cabrillo). He was 20 for 26 – including four drops – for 334 yards with 3 passing touchdowns and one rushing touchdown."
But it wasn't always an obstacle-free path for Riddell.
He prepped at McKay High School in Salem, Oregon where he played for his father. Even though he was a full-qualifier he didn't receive a lot of interest from colleges.
"I didn't play quarterback until my senior year," Riddell said. "I played wide receiver and defensive back, so I really didn't get a lot of interest."
Following graduation, Riddell headed to Santa Rosa Junior College and greyshirted the one year he was there.
"I just didn't feel comfortable there and the system didn't really fit me at all so I started looking around," Riddell recalled. "I talked to coach (Marshall) Sperbeck and really liked the system they run here so I transferred and I'm really glad I did because I'm having a lot of fun and we're playing really well."
Foothill's system is a basic west coast offense and Riddell relishes the chance to have the entire offense and their production on his shoulders.
"The offense is really geared to letting quarterbacks control the game," Riddell said. "We have a good running game and great receivers so that helps me a lot too. We're just a really sound team right now and we're just working hard to make it through undefeated.
"It's going to be tough though because we have some tough games ahead."
Riddell isn't known as a scrambler, but he isn't a statue either (he runs a 4.7 forty). He's also got some room to fill-out at the next level.
As far as recruiting is concerned, Riddell said things will take care of themselves when his season is over.
"I've received a lot of letters and stuff, but I really don't even think about it that much," Riddell said. "I don't even talk to my coaches about who is asking for film or anything like that. We're 5-0 and I want this to be the best season it can be. Recruiting will take care of itself when it needs to happen. I'm not worried about it."
Wherever Riddell ends up, he'll have three years to play two and he'll finish up his degree in December so he should be able to attend spring practices as well.
This week Foothill plays at College of San Mateo in a battle of undefeated teams.