10 College Football Teams With The Biggest Holes To Fill In 2014
10 College Football Teams That Have The Biggest Holes To Fill In 2014
The sport of college football, like the NFL, never stops for anything. For 365 days a year and seven days a week, these college programs aim to get better each and every day with the hopes that their hard work and determination will result in a national championship.
Coaches constantly try to find the necessary players and try to make the correct moves that will vault them to the top of the polls. Whether its replacing talented upperclassmen or trying to teach the game to promising underclassmen, these coaches earn their keep by figuring out how to continue to improve their programs on a yearly basis.
While the focus right now centers around the former college football players and their NFL Draft prospects, these coaches and coordinators will have plenty of questions to address trying to replace these players heading into spring practice. When these players leaves their programs, it is up to the coaches to try to not only find their replacements, but to develop them into even better players than their more famous predecessors.
The top college teams earn their prestige by being able to consistently replace their former stars for even better stars. Whether its promising role players who had great moments last season to can't miss freshmen who can contribute right away, each of these players will have more pressure and scrutiny on their shoulders in 2014 than they did in 2013.
For these 10 teams to continue their recent run of success, they will have to fill major holes for the upcoming season in hopes of being one of the four participants in the inaugural College Football Playoff. Failure to do so will lead to frustrations that they would rather not want to experience.
Who's gone: A.J. McCarron, C.J. Mosley, Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, Cyrus Kouandjio
The Alabama Crimson Tide will be without their two-time National Championship winning quarterback in McCarron, their best linebacker in Mosley, their best secondary defender in Ha Ha Clinton-Dix, and heir best offensive lineman in Kouandijo.
Who's gone: Tre Mason, Greg Robinson, Dee Ford
The national runner-up Auburn Tigers will have to replace their best running back in Mason, their best offensive lineman in Robinson, and their best pass rusher in Ford.
Who's gone: Kony Ealy, Michael Sam, Henry Josey, E.J. Gaines
The SEC runner-up Missouri Tigers had a dominant defense last year, but this year, they will have to replace their two best pass rushers in Ealy and Sam, their best running back in Josey, and their best cover corner in Gaines.
7. Texas A&M
Who's gone: Johnny Manziel, Jake Matthews, Mike Evans
The Texas A&M Aggies will have to replace the best playmaker in college football in Manziel, their best offensive lineman in Matthews, and their best receiver in Evans.
6. Florida State
Who's Gone: Timmy Jernigan, Kelvin Benjamin, Lamarcus Joyner, Telvin Smith
The defending national champion Florida State Seminoles will have to replace their best defensive lineman in Jernigan, their best defensive back in Joyner, their best linebacker in Smith, and their best receiver in Benjamin.
5. Michigan State
Who's Gone: Darqueze Dennard, Max Bullough, Denicos Allen
The Rose Bowl champion Michigan State Spartans will have plenty of impact players to replace on their dominant defense. The Spartans have to replace their best defensive back in Dennard and their top two linebackers in Bullough and Allen.
Who's Gone: David Yankey, Shayne Skov, Trent Murphy, Tyler Gaffney
The Pac-12 champion Stanford Cardinal will have to replace their best offensive lineman in Yankey, their top two linebackers in Skov and Murphy, and their best running back in Gaffney.
3. South Carolina
Who's gone: Jadeveon Clowney, Connor Shaw, Victor Hampton
The South Carolina Gamecocks will have to replace the best player in college football in Clowney, their starting quarterback in Shaw, and their best defensive back in Hampton.
Who's gone: De'Anthony Thomas, Josh Huff, Terrance Mitchell
The Oregon Ducks will have to replace their best offensive playmaker in Thomas, their best receiver in Huff, and their second best defensive back in Mitchell.
Who's Gone: Zach Mettenberger, Odell Beckham Jr., Jarvis Landry
The LSU Tigers will have to replace their entire passing game from last year as their starting quarterback in Mettenberger and their top two receivers in Beckham Jr. and Landry are NFL-bound.