The BCS title game, in many ways, is only the beginning -- at least for the fortunate college football stars invited to prominent all-star games.
Scouts want players to take advantage of these opportunities. Players show a passion for the game by accepting the invitation and putting aside concern that they might expose weaknesses or even incur an injury that could put their first payday in jeopardy.
Prospects from relatively small programs are there to prove they can stand out regardless of the competition. Others clearly are talented but may have durability or character questions to answer.
The three most prominent all-star games -- the East-West Shrine Game, NFL Players Association Collegiate Bowl and Senior Bowl -- kick off in the next two weeks and scouts will be kept busy tracking hundreds of prospects with thousands of questions to answer.
You won't have to expend the same energy. NFLDraftScout.com has done the legwork and will be on the scene throughout the draft process, providing answers all the way up to April's 2012 NFL Draft. Here are prospects with the most on the line in upcoming all-star games:
4. B.J. Coleman, QB, Tennessee-Chattanooga: Coleman originally signed with the University of Tennessee out of high school but elected to transfer to UTC because he believed he wasn't being given a fair shot at the starting job with the Vols. Not surprisingly, the strong-armed quarterback quickly emerged as one of the elite talents at the FCS level, throwing twice as many touchdowns passes (43) as interceptions (21) in his first two seasons. A shoulder injury robbed Coleman of three complete games in his senior season and he finished with disappointing numbers overall in 2011, so he'll enter the week of practice at the East-West Shrine game lacking the hype of Miami's Jacory Harris, Florida's John Brantley or even San Diego State's Ryan Lindley. A strong week of practice in St. Petersburg, however, and you may see his stock soar.