5 College Football Rosters That Will Look Completely Different in 2014
As we begin to look ahead to the 2014 college football season, several teams around the country are faced with the prospect of having to overhaul their rosters at the turn of the season.
The Miami Hurricanes will lose their starting quarterback, leading receiver and plenty of players from an impressive defense. Meanwhile, the Florida Gators are dealing with a litany of transfers.
Check out the five rosters that will undergo the most overhauling this upcoming offseason.
After a rough 4-8 season in 2013, the Florida Gators are entering a rebuilding phase.
Jeff Driskel is set to return from his injury next season, but according to ESPN, Muschamp says that the quarterback battle will be an open race next season.
In addition to losing guys to transfer, the Gators will have to replace two offensive linemen due to graduation as well as two guys on defense.
Florida will return a lot of starters on defense but hardly any on offense. But that's probably a good thing as it was the Gators offense that caused them plenty of problems in 2013, so a personnel change is a good start to fixing the offense.
Heading into the 2013 season, the Texas Longhorns had the most returning starters in the nation with 19. Well, that certainly won't be the case in 2014.
According to the team's depth chart on Rivals, the Longhorns will lose eight starters to graduation alone. That list includes Case McCoy, Mike Davis and Jackson Jeffcoat.
Plus, with a new head coach coming in to replace Mack Brown, there is sure to be some cleansing of the roster.
What's left to be seen is how many people will transfer once the season is over. Any time a coach leaves, there's bound to be some players that follow him out the door, so stay tuned to developments there.
Gone is the era of Stephen Morris once this season ends. He, along with seven other starters, is graduating and will be gone after the team's bowl game.
Morris, a native of Miami, has been the team's starter for two seasons, so seeing a new signal-caller will be a lot for the Hurricanes to deal with as is.
But the Hurricanes are also losing Morris' favorite target this season, wide receiver Allen Hurns. The team will have to replace Hurns' 1,138 yards and six touchdown grabs.
The Hurricanes started the season 7-0, but a 2-3 finish to the season derailed the team's hot start. Nevertheless, there is plenty of momentum to be built on for The U. The goal for Al Golden in the offseason will be finding the right mix of many new and many old players to keep the momentum going.
Losing six starters to graduation, including four on the defensive side of the ball, is certainly one reason why the Wyoming Cowboys will look different next season.
The biggest reason? North Dakota State head coach Craig Bohl is set to take over the program next season, and you better believe he's going to start bringing in a new breed of players.
In Week 1, the Bison famously upset the Kansas State Wildcats, the season's defending Big 12 champions, and even got to host ESPN's College GameDay.
Bohl is an excellent recruiter who was beating teams like Wyoming for players when he was at NDSU, so it's only a matter of time before Bohl starts working his magic with the roster in Wyoming.
Arizona State Sun Devils
The Arizona State Sun Devils, who won the Pac-12 South in 2013, are set to lose 12 starters to graduation after this season.
Not only are the Sun Devils dealing with heavy losses due to graduation, but ASU also just announced that backup quarterback Michael Eubank, who saw playing time in short-yardage situations throughout the year, will transfer.
The Sun Devils are certainly a team on the rise after their impressive season that saw them play for a Pac-12 title and a berth in the Rose Bowl, but with so many players leaving, head coach Todd Graham has his work cut out for him.