Increased coverage of SEC football means big stars shine brighter than ever.
Just because a player opens on Labor Day weekend as an unknown, though, doesn't mean he will stay one.
All it takes is one game—in some instances, one play—for the first chapter of a history or a legacy to be written.
For every Nick Marshall and Dak Prescott in the SEC—players most SEC fans know—there are scores of talented players waiting to leave lasting marks on this season.
Today, we examine SEC players who might otherwise fly under the radar during the preseason and discuss what significance they carry heading into 2014.
Some of these names will be familiar to SEC fans who pay attention, but few will be household names to open the year.
To that end, players who made All-SEC teams or earned honorable mention honors last year won't be considered. (Players named to the All-Freshman team, however, will warrant consideration if they didn't make the first- or second-team All-SEC.)
Other players—like Missouri quarterback Maty Mauk, Arkansas tailback Alex Collins or Mississippi State defensive tackle Chris Jones—are well-known enough commodities that they won’t make this list either.
Uber-prospects such as Alabama running back Derrick Henry, Ole Miss defensive end Robert Nkemdiche and Ole Miss tackle Laremy Tunsil similarly made enough of a name for themselves that they don't belong here.
The idea is to spotlight under-the-radar players who could be the difference in one or two critical games this season—who could be the difference between going 9-3 and 11-1, or 5-7 and 7-5.
Here is our list.