- KC Joyner, NFL Insider
One of the common themes in previewing an upcoming college football season is to favor rosters that have a lot of returning starters. The idea is that it takes time to develop talent, and when a team has veterans coming back, it will likely get the benefit of having players with better-developed skill sets.
That may be true in a general sense, but there are many cases where a team will actually get equal or better performance out of a talented backup player who is now getting a chance to be a full-time starter.
So who are some players who could go from second string to star in a single season who aren't a running back or quarterback (the most obvious options)?
Replacing high-quality talent is a reality the premier college football programs face every year, and usually they have a potential star waiting for his opportunity. KC Joyner writes about four players who could breakout as full-time starters in 2012.