In college football, change is the only constant.
Each fall, stars emerge to thrill us with game-breaking performances, massive hits, big throws and unbelievable catches.
Each January, like clockwork, many of them declare for the NFL draft and leave college early after two or three seasons, depending on whether they were redshirted in their first season on campus. The rarest of all stars stay for four years, gracing us with their presence and talents for the maximum time allowed.
This is why recruiting is so important: Coaches are always looking for the next superstar, the next big thing.
Each year, new stars emerge, and each winter, many of them leave. As college football prepares for the 2014 regular season, we’re on the front end of that cycle.
Which players will take advantage of increased playing time and take the next step forward? We took a look at college football rosters and picked a handful of players who were not starters in 2013 but will start this fall and make a significant impact on their team's roster.
Here are a few new college football starters who we think are poised for breakout seasons in 2014.