BCS Bowl Games 2012: 3 Players Ready to Break out on the Big Stage

Adam SpencerCorrespondent IDecember 4, 2011

CLEMSON, SC - OCTOBER 22:  Sammy Watkins #2 of the Clemson Tigers hauls in a second half touchdown against the North Carolina Tar Heels during their game at Memorial Stadium on October 22, 2011 in Clemson, South Carolina.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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Every year, a player who not many people have heard of has a big game in a BCS bowl and makes a name for himself.

Last year, everyone finally got to see Andrew Luck on a national stage and Tyrod Taylor improved his draft stock with a nice performance in the Orange Bowl.

This year, there are plenty of players waiting to showcase their skills in some big BCS bowl games.

Let's take a look at three (technically four) players who are ready to break out in their bowl games.


Tajh Boyd and Sammy Watkins, Clemson

Boyd has thrown for 3,578 yards and 31 touchdowns as a sophomore this year.

Watkins, a freshman, has been on the receiving end of 77 of Boyd's passes, good for 1,153 yards and 10 touchdowns.

These two youngsters form a dynamic duo and are ready to show the country what they can do.

They'll get a chance to showcase their skills against a West Virginia team that gives up 26.3 points per game to its opponents.

They have a chance to become household names after this year's Orange Bowl.

STANFORD, CA - NOVEMBER 26:  Coby Fleener #82 of the Stanford Cardinal runs in for a touchdown in the fourth quarter of their game against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at Stanford Stadium on November 26, 2011 in Stanford, California.  (Photo by Ezra Shaw
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Coby Fleener, Stanford

Fleener has been Andrew Luck's favorite red zone target this season.

The 6'6" tight end has 648 receiving yards and 10 touchdown receptions this season.

He's a matchup nightmare inside the red zone and should cause plenty of problems for the Oklahoma State defense.

Fleener is going to have to have a big game if the Cardinal are going to keep up with the rapid-scoring pace of the Cowboys.


David Wilson, Virginia Tech

Wilson has been a dominant force running the football for the Hokies this season.

He's run for 1,627 yards already this year, with 10 100-yard efforts.

The only problem is that he doesn't get into the end zone very much, with only nine rushing touchdowns so far.

If he can get into the end zone a couple times against Michigan, the Hokies could pull off the big victory in the Sugar Bowl.