Big Ten Football Players Primed for a Breakout in 2014

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Big Ten Football Players Primed for a Breakout in 2014
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Remember catching a glimpse of some unknown running back by the name of Melvin Gordon in the 2012 Big Ten Championship Game? Well, that was how a star was born for 2013, and the Badger back lived up to the hype in a breakout season. 

However, please let me know if you had Tevin Coleman outrushing Fitzgerald Toussaint or teammate Stephen Houston. If you had David Cobb of Minnesota and Jeremy Langford of Michigan State rushing for more than Braxton Miller, please let me know the numbers to the next Powerball lottery winnings. 

Raise your hand if you had Steve Hull as a top-five wide receiver in the Big Ten, or Connor Cook as the No. 4 quarterback in passing yards, ahead of Nate Sudfeld or Joel Stave? 

Stop it, you're just pulling my leg...or you're an extreme Michigan State fan who knew more about the quarterback battle than Mark Dantonio and staff did. 

The point is, the 2013 season provided a few names most people never saw coming and a few that some did and the rest of the world got hip to. Now that the season is over and we painfully crawl our way to spring football, what names should we be watching for in 2014? 

Enjoy the six-pack of players the Big Ten universe will all know by the end of 2014. 

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