In many regards, the concept of the college football spring game is overblown. It is, in effect, a glorified open scrimmage, and some teams opt not to even have one. If the game was really so vital to a team's overall development, that would not be the case.
However, one way the spring game has proven useful over the years is in identifying breakout talents. It is the bookend of spring practice—the time of year when players make the most improvement—and a good chance for certain players to showcase how much they have grown.
For proof of this, look no further than spring football season 2013, when Jameis Winston played so well that Clint Trickett transferred from Florida State to West Virginia. Winston would take that momentum into the offseason, which enabled him to become the player we know today—the national champion and Heisman Trophy winner.
Might the next Winston break out this weekend? Maybe. Probably not, but maybe. There are, however, some players in auspicious positions, whether it be after a camp of reported improvement, an offseason of much-needed health or a simple position of increased opportunity.
Here's who we'll be keeping an eye on.