College football is about to heat up, so we’ve identified 7 players primed to breakout in 2017.
The 6-foot-3, 210-pound wideout has an NFL frame and excels in combative situations. Weah averaged 24.2 yards per reception and scored 10 touchdowns in 2016.
Stevens posted the 5th highest passer efficiency rating in the nation in 2016, while tossing 19 TD to just 4 INT. He’ll play in the shadow of Mountain West star QB Josh Allen, but he’s a prime candidate to breakout in 2017.
Kelly rushed for 630 yards for an impressive 6.4 yards per carry in 2016. Now that Alvin Kamara and Jalen Hurd are no longer in Rocky Top, expect the junior to take full control of the Vols’ running game.
Gary was the consensus #1 overall prospect in 2016. As a freshman, he played sporadically along a deep and talented Wolverine d-line. He was impressive in flashes, however. Look for Gary to explode in 2017.
With Cam Robinson off to the NFL, Williams will slide over to left tackle. As a true freshman, Williams was a standout, and more than held his own versus a stout Clemson front in the national title game.
Nauta posted 29 receptions for 361 yards and 3 touchdowns in 2016, on his way to being named Freshman All-American. He has all the tools to blossom into a big-time player for the Dawgs.
While Malik Hooker and Raekwon McMillan received more headlines, Baker was arguably the Buckeyes’ best defender in 2016. This defense belongs to him now, and he should continue to flourish.