When it comes to college football players, there's a certain pecking order for hype bestowed on the various classes.
The junior class tends to get the most recognition, since it's loaded with the best of the draft-eligible standouts whom we expect to see playing on Sundays next year. That's followed by the seniors, the veteran unit that's stuck it out all four years and will be relied on for experience and leadership.
Next come the freshmen, a class full of promise and (often) overwhelmingly high expectations. Their exploits at the prep level are considered a blueprint for how they'll perform in college.
And that leaves us with the sophomores, collectively the least regarded of the classes, despite being home to the previous season's top first-year players. And that was a heck of a group in 2013, which makes the 2014 sophomore class one of the best in the game in some time.
Here's a look at the top 50 sophomores heading into the 2014 season.