A.J. McCarron, Braxton Miller, Jadeveon Clowney, Ka'Deem Carey and dozens more starters are going to be plastered all over TV screens throughout the 2013 season. They have earned their recognition and deserve the attention.
However, hundreds of these players will be flocking to the NFL draft in May of 2014. They will leave their backups behind to take care of business for the future.
Who are these backups, and which ones are good enough to see significant time before the starters leave? Here are the 10 best backups who will see that significant playing time throughout the 2013 season, presented in alphabetical order by team.
Teams who consistently run two-player systems at specific positions for years have been removed from consideration. For instance, Alabama's backup running back is going to get significant playing time, but that isn't exactly an informative prediction. It's practically common knowledge in college football circles.