A year ago, opponents like USC and Ohio State routinely burned Wooden and fellow first-year starter Mike Richardson for big plays. The pair will need to be more consistent if the Irish hope to run the table.
2 of 16Jamie Sabau/SI
Four years after making 114 tackles as a freshman at Indiana, the fifth-year senior will be counted on to help fill the void left by departed Buckeyes stars A.J. Hawk, Bobby Carpenter and Anthony Schlegel.
3 of 16Peter Read Miller/SI
John David Booty
Three years after graduating high school early to join the Trojans, Booty finally takes over the reins at USC. All he has to do is live up to the precedent set by Heisman winners Carson Palmer and Matt Leinart.
4 of 16Fred Vuich/SI
Everyone knows the Cardinals' offense will be scary, but will the defense put pressure on opposing QBs? Anderson, a former juco transfer, takes over for national sack leader Elvis Dumervill.
5 of 16John Biever/SI
The speedy fifth-year senior has long excelled as a punt returner but struggled as a route-runner, gaining only 291 receiving yards last season. With the departure of Jason Avant, Breaston needs to step up his game.
6 of 16Bob Rosato/SI
The Hawkeyes' offense has the opportunity to shine behind QB Drew Tate and RB Albert Young, but the receiving corps got wiped out by graduation. This fleet-footed junior needs to establish himself quickly.
7 of 16Bill Frakes/SI
After three years of sharing carries with Leon Washington, the former all-everything recruit finally takes over as the 'Noles' top ballcarrier, but he'll need to do better than last year's 4.6 yards-per-carry average.
8 of 16Bob Rosato/SI
The junior was decent in his first season under Steve Spurrier's tutelage, completing 59 percent of his passes for 2,370 yards. He needs to cut down on his interceptions (12) for the Gamecocks to reach the next level.
9 of 16Bill Frakes/SI
After a promising freshman season, Leggett struggled mightily last year, catching only 15 passes. With top receiver Ryan Moore suspended for the first two games, Miami needs Leggett to become a factor.
10 of 16Bob Rosato/SI
Entering his fourth year as the Jackets' starter, Ball's career completion rate is less than 50 percent. With plenty of talent around him, Ball has to put it all together if Tech hopes to be a contender.
11 of 16Rob Scheffler/US Presswire
The Mountaineers went 11-1 last season despite passing for only 1,398 yards. With defenses likely to key on West Virginia's running game, the speedy Myles will need to make some big plays downfield.
12 of 16AP
Led by RB Marshawn Lynch, the Bears have the skill players to field an explosive offense, but they're counting on Longshore, a third-year sophomore with only one career start, to be the guy who leads the attack.
13 of 16John Reed/US Presswire
After losing their three leading receivers from last season (Ben Obumanu, Devin Aromashodu and Anthony Mix), the Tigers need Rodriguez, who had 13 catches last year, to emerge as one of their top playmakers.
14 of 16David Kalk/US Presswire
The Tigers, long stuck in the middle of the ACC pack, have the potential to break through in 2006, but much will depend on the productivity of Proctor, a fifth-year senior who was impressive in his one start last year.
15 of 16Alyssa Schukar/US Presswire
Nebraska's passing game improved considerably in its second year under Bill Callahan, but now it needs the running attack to complement it. The onus will be on Lucky and fellow sophomore Cody Glenn.
16 of 16Steve C. Wilson/University of Utah Athletics
Having battled injuries for most of his career, the former USC transfer was one of the standouts of Utah's spring camp. The Utes need the sixth-year senior to shine in place of departed star Quinton Ganther.
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