Who knew that when quarterback Clint Chelf got benched midway through Oklahoma State's season-opening game against Mississippi State that he would re-emerge later in the year as the starter?
Or, that Desmond Roland would become the Cowboys' newest bell cow at running back?
When Oklahoma linebacker Corey Nelson went down with a season-ending torn pectoral muscle, how many projected his replacement, Dominique Alexander, would become the Big 12 Defensive Newcomer of the Year?
Breakout stars were all over the place in 2013. Because of injuries and player turnover, the Big 12 had its fair share of new faces rise to the occasion.
So who is in line for a breakout season in 2014? Here are five names to keep an eye on.