Graduation and departure to the NFL this offseason means a new cast of stars will emerge in the Pac-12 in 2014.
Breakout stars can come from just about anywhere. They might be reserves who played second fiddle, redshirts or incoming recruits. Stanford rumbled its way to a second straight conference championship in 2013 with a breakout star who spent the prior year playing baseball.
The emergence of such new playmakers is part of what makes college football so exciting. And, like so many other qualities of the game, it can be unpredictable.
Nevertheless, a few Pac-12 players have the attributes that suggest star quality and the potential for truly breakout performances next season.