CFB's small sample size stars

A look at 10 players who could post big numbers in '14 with more playing time

Updated: December 23, 2013, 10:13 AM ET
By KC Joyner | ESPN Insider

Stacy Coley and Emmanuel OgbahGetty Images, Icon SMIMiami (FL) WR Stacy Coley and Oklahoma State DE Emmanuel Ogbah impressed in limited action.

This season a number of players made the jump from productive understudy to all-conference status. A top candidate on this list is Florida State running back Devonta Freeman, who went from second on the Seminoles' rushing yardage list in 2012 to a spot on the first-team All-ACC squad in 2013. Texas Tech tight end Jace Amaro and Texas defensive lineman Cedric Reed saw similar productivity increases that moved them into All-American and All-Big 12 status, respectively.

So which players who showed glimpses of star potential in limited action in 2013 are primed for much bigger things in 2014? Here are 10 of the strongest candidates.

To be considered for this list, a player had to start less than half of his team's games. In addition, quarterback candidates had to have fewer than 100 pass attempts, wide receiver/tight end candidates fewer than 40 receptions and running backs fewer than 100 rush attempts.


Stacy Coley, WR, Miami (FL) Hurricanes