Ameer Abdullah, IB
It would not be a big surprise to see Abdullah’s carries decline from his 281 rushing attempts last year given the depth in the backfield. However, Abdullah's production may actually increase with what looks to be an improved (or at least more stable) offensive line.
Don’t be shocked if, should he stay healthy, Abdullah at least gets close to a 2,000-yard rushing season in his senior campaign.
Tommy Armstrong, QB
Armstrong has all the intangibles, and the one big tangible of being 7-1 as a starter. But his underlying statistics—less than a 52 percent passer and a 9-to-8 touchdown-to-interception ratio—are not indicative of long-term success.
A full offseason of preparation and an offense tailored to his skill set will help, but expecting dramatic improvement from Armstrong’s 2013 statistics is probably not realistic.
Randy Gregory, DE
Gregory was an exciting, unknown prospect last year at this time as a junior college transfer. This year, he’s been tapped by many as a first-round NFL draft pick for 2015.
Gregory had 9.5 sacks and 16 tackles for loss in 2013. Now that Gregory is a known commodity, I expect that he will see a lot more double teams and schemes designed to slow him down.
His influence may increase, but it is entirely possible that his stats will not reflect that increase.