The college football world experienced a devastating depletion of talent this offseason, which included a record 98 underclassmen who declared early for the 2014 NFL draft. Gone are big-name stars such as Johnny Manziel, Sammy Watkins, Teddy Bridgewater and many of the other top performers from the 2013 season.
Though the sport lost an almost unprecedented amount of star power, that doesn’t mean there aren’t many returning players who are worthy of praise and recognition. Defending Heisman-winner Jameis Winston is the sport’s biggest, most talked-about star, and he’s the face of one of the strongest groups of quarterbacks we’ve seen in quite some time. Still, Winston is just one of the many intriguing talents that will be on display this fall.
Who are the rest?
Here’s a look at the players who are projected to be college football’s top performers in 2014.