College Football's 10 Most Valuable Backups for 2014

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College Football's 10 Most Valuable Backups for 2014
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Being a backup means being ready to play at a moment's notice. Serving as an understudy for college football's biggest stars can have even larger implications. 

If Jameis Winston goes down with an injury, Florida State needs to replace him, ideally, with little to no dropoff. That is not always easy or possible, but it is what coaches strive for in recruiting. 

The "next man up" philosophy may be viewed as "coachspeak", but it is nevertheless a goal. 

Which backups are the most valuable in college football this season? Our answers are in the following slides. 

 

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