Breakout first-time starters
LSU, Clemson, Stanford and Texas lead the way with new faces
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)?
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