2013 Breakout College Football Players to Watch
Posted July 3, 2013 4:26 pm
Preps.com is always looking for future standouts in the college football word. This year, there are a few guys that really stick out in our mind that look to have breakout seasons and compete to be named an All-American. The following players look to play part in a major role in their respective offenses. We cut up some of their best plays from year’s prior to give you guys more of a visual too. Enjoy.
James Wilder Jr: Wilder, out of Florida State, is a big-play threat anytime he gets the rock at the runningback position. He is going to be a junior and he has never used a redshirt. This year he emerged as the starting back in the Seminole offense and looks to take bulk of the carries. He possesses tremendous speed and strength that NFL scouts will rave about. He was one of the top runningbacks coming out of high school in 2011 and showed why on limited carries the past few years. Look for Wilder to go crazy this year as the top guy.
Dorial Green-Beckham: This freak of a wide receiver plays for Missouri. Green-Beckham reminds us a lot of Pro-Bowl receiver A.J. Green from Georgia. Dorial was rated as a third round draft pick the year he came out of high school. If that doesn’t say freak-player I’m not entirely sure what does. He has freakish size, speed, and athleticism that he flashed last year as a true freshman. With a year under his belt and now more acclimated with the Missouri offense, look for Green-Beckham to put up freakish numbers in his sophomore campaign.
Stefon Diggs: This homegrown Maryland athlete is probably the most exciting player to watch in college football. Some sites honored him as a Freshman All-American receiver last year for his Terps. With 54 receptions for 848 yards and 6 touchdowns last year, Diggs looks to make this season even more memorable. He went through four different starting QBs last year as the Terrapins were hit with the injury bug in that position. The final two weeks of the season, they actually used a scout team linebacker as their signal caller. With a healthy QB, the always-dangerous Stefon Diggs looks to make plays on offense and as a return man.
Johnathan Gray: Gray was the top runningback out of his 2012 class from Aledo High School in Texas. He broke just about every Texas State rushing record, which is a feat in itself. This year, Gray looked as if he beat out former 5 star stud Malcolm Brown in the spring to get majority of reps this season. Gray was thrown into the fire last year as a true freshman when Brown went was injured for 5 games. Both look to be stellar this year but we expect Gray to really shine. Look for Gray to lead Texas to their first BCS game since 2009, as Mack Brown believes he has a team to knock out the SEC.
Jameis Winston: Winston is another FSU guy that looks to break out in 2013 along with James Wilder. Winston was the top QB coming out in 2012 and is a crazy athlete. Winston stars on FSU’s baseball team as a pitcher and has already been drafted by the MLB. Jameis is a football player at heart though. With one of the best arms in the country and the ability to make plays on his feet, Winston has the ability to pull a “Johnny Manziel” and gain National attention as a redshirt freshman.
Cyrus Jones: Jones was standout at Gilman High School in Maryland and was named the State’s best player over Stefon Diggs. While Diggs stayed home at Maryland, Jones continued his career at Alabama. He started at receiver but has since been moved to cornerback where he impressed at Alabama’s spring game. With that being said, there’s no doubt Jones can ball when he gets the ball in his hands. The Tide might use Jones on the offensive side of the ball as well but that will be determined during the season, but regardless, defense and special teams looks to be where Jones will shine this fall. Cyrus should be in the conversation as one of the nation’s premier corners.
Lache Seastrunk: This Baylor runningback has went on record saying he is going to be the next Bear to win the Heisman. In 2010 he started his career at Oregon. He then transferred to Baylor where he had to sit a year. Last year in 2012, he made a name for himself late in the season. We here at preps.com kind of buy into the hype he has put on himself. He has a lot of potential to be a star runningback and we think he can lead the Bears to a nice season. His speed and power together compliment each other well. Seastrunk has the ability to break out onto the National Scene, and preps.com will be here to update you as the season progresses.
Below are highlights of each player: