Bandwagon Alert: Ten players primed for breakout seasons in '09
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Brown must fill some seriously big shoes this season as he takes over for
Despite earning Big 12 offensive newcomer of the year honors in 2008, Griffin's still largely operating in the shadows because he shares the Big 12 South with some fairly well-regarded quarterbacks (think
Despite starting every game after
Remember him? Mallett appeared in 11 games as a freshman at Michigan before transferring to Arkansas following
Minor emerged as the Wolverines' best backfield option during an injury-plagued junior season, ending '08 with 447 yards and seven touchdowns in the last five games, including 117 against Penn State's vaunted rush defense. This season, he'll get his chance to star as the featured back, and with a freshman likely under center, the veteran back will get his share of touches.
Potts played sparingly the last two years as
Williams finished sixth on the Sun Devils with 19 receptions in '08, but he averaged 19.2 yards per catch and scored four times. He's already proven more than capable in the return game, ranking fourth nationally with 17 yards per punt return in '08, and this year he should thrive as ASU's top slot receiver.
Season-ending injuries have prevented Wilson from taking advantage of his opportunities on the Buckeyes defensive line. He suffered a broken leg in the first game of '07, then tore the ACL in his left knee with six games remaining last season. If he stays healthy, Wilson will cement himself as one of the top pass-rushers on the Buckeyes -- and in the Big Ten.