After a disappointing 6-7 2011 season that ended in five straight losses, Arizona State may face even more struggles in 2012.
The loss of starting quarterback Brock Osweiler and the scarcity of experienced offensive skill players and linebackers are concerning issues that the Sun Devils must address.
However, head coach Todd Graham does have reason to be optimistic. He has two promising young quarterbacks battling for the starting job, several versatile running backs and some under-the-radar defenders with a lot of upside.
If these five players can step up and become stars in 2012, the Sun Devils may make some serious noise in the Pac-12 South.