Winning a bowl game, breaking a school record, scoring the winning touchdown, the big rivalry game…
All of these events can amount to an amazing year for any college football player.
But at the end of the day, most of these young men—whether they go to a large or small school—have dreams of playing in the NFL.
Indeed, everyone has heard of “the sophomore slump.” Your freshman year was amazing, but your sophomore year was a letdown.
This cliché phrase, however, is not true for everyone.
In fact, some of today’s most recognizable college and professional football stars have seen the best moments of their careers during their second year.
Junior year, though, is truly the year to shine. This is especially true for college football players, as it is reported that about 500 players make it to the NFL each year—that’s about a 2% chance of getting drafted.
These 10 players, regardless of their performance in the 2010 season, are looking to shine as juniors in hopes of being atop the draft board come spring 2012.