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14 College Football Players Who Will Reach Elite Status in 2014

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14 College Football Players Who Will Reach Elite Status in 2014
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The leap from very good to great is a difficult transition for a player to make, but it is among the most important things in college football. It replenishes the sport with stars after each year's NFL draft and gives the teams new faces to market.

There is a small difference between this list and a normal "all-breakout" team. On this list, many (but not all) players have already broken out. They have proved themselves capable of becoming productive players but have yet become consistently great ones.

No one on this list was considered among the top five or 10 players at his position last season. Most weren't even in the top 20 or 30. In fact, as a guiding rule in constructing this list, I did not include a single player who made his all-conference first or second team.

By the end of the 2014 season, however, each of these players could—and arguably should—be considered among the very best at their respective positions. Based on their physical attributes, how they've performed in the past and how they looked during spring practice, there is reason to believe they will make the nebulous "leap."

I've only included 14 players—two for every position group on the field—so there were plenty of qualified candidates who did not make the cut. These are the players I feel the most confident backing, but there are arguments to be made in so many different directions.

Chime in below, and let me know whom you would have included.

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