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10 College Football Stars Who Will Slump in 2014

10 College Football Stars Who Will Slump in 2014

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In sports, a slump can hit an athlete at any time. Whether it's a prolonged hitless streak in baseball or a poor shooting percentage in basketball, a slump can deter an athlete's confidence. Last season, Johnny Manziel had what some would call a down season after a historic year in 2012. With everything taken into account, here are 10 college football stars who will be most prone to a slump in 2014.

10. J.J. Worton, WR, Central Florida

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10. J.J. Worton, WR, Central Florida

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For the past two seasons, wide receiver J.J. Worton has been the beneficiary of Blake Bortles and his accurate passes. Without Bortles this year and with the Golden Knights likely to have a letdown this upcoming season, Worton will hurt most without Bortles behind center.

9. DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville

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9. DeVante Parker, WR, Louisville

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Just like Worton, another American Athletic Conference receiver will have a slump this year after losing his quarterback. For DeVante Parker, who caught 10 and 12 touchdown passes the past two seasons under Teddy Bridgewater, he will have a slump this year without his QB, under a new coach in Bobby Petrino and against tougher competition in the ACC.

8. Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State

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8. Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State

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Michigan State quarterback Connor Cook had a solid season last year replacing Andrew Maxwell midway through the year. Now that the Spartans are on the map and without many key defenders from last year keeping games close, Cook will be asked to produce more in the passing game. It remains to be seen if he can do that.

7. Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State

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7. Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State

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Even though Braxton Miller will be a likely Heisman candidate this year, the Ohio State Buckeyes lost several key players to graduation and the NFL, which will cause Miller's production to decline this year. Miller will be without four graduated offensive linemen, star running back Carlos Hyde and two of his go-to receivers from last year in Jordan Hall and Philly Brown.

6. Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State

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6. Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State

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Penn State QB Christian Hackenberg may have lost the most for the upcoming season. Not only did he lose top receiver Allen Robinson to the NFL, but the coach who recruited Hackenberg to Penn State, Bill O'Brien, is now with the Houston Texans. Knowing that O'Brien is a quarterback guru, Hackenberg will struggle this year under new coach James Franklin.

5. Duke Johnson, RB, Miami

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5. Duke Johnson, RB, Miami

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Not only will Miami running back Duke Johnson return this year following a torn ACL, but he will be without two of his top run blockers. Johnson lost both Brandon Linder and Seantrel Henderson to the NFL, and also considering the Marcus Lattimore syndrome, Johnson may be trying to protect himself for next year's draft should he choose to declare early.

4. Nelson Agholor, WR, USC

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4. Nelson Agholor, WR, USC

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After losing superstar wide receiver Marqise Lee to the NFL and the Jacksonville Jaguars, Nelson Agholor is now USC's top receiving target. While Agholor has been a great No. 2 receiver for USC, he has never had the pressure of being a No. 1 wideout. Replacing Lee is hard enough, but without a solid No. 2 behind him, Agholor could see plenty of double teams this season.

3. Maty Mauk, QB, Missouri

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3. Maty Mauk, QB, Missouri

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Missouri QB Maty Mauk was an instant superstar last year for the Tigers as a freshman. This year, Mauk will struggle after losing Missouri's top running back in Henry Josey, wide receiver L'Damian Washington and tackle Justin Britt to the NFL. Mauk will also be without Dorial Green-Beckham this season because of a season-long suspension.

2. Trevor Knight, QB, Oklahoma

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2. Trevor Knight, QB, Oklahoma

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Oklahoma QB Trevor Knight had a breakout game in last year's Sugar Bowl against Alabama, throwing for 348 yards and four touchdowns against Alabama, but that one great game will doom Knight this season. One game does not make a career, and this season, Knight will be without center Gabe Ikard, running backs Brennan Clay and Damien Williams and receiver Jalen Saunders. That will lead to some struggles this season for Knight.

1. Everett Golson, QB, Notre Dame

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1. Everett Golson, QB, Notre Dame

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Notre Dame QB Everett Golson is not only returning to the Fighting Irish after a season-long suspension, but the quarterback will be without some of his top weapons. Golson will have to do it on his own without skill players T.J. Jones, George Atkinson III and Troy Niklas as well as protectors like Zack Martin and Chris Watt. Golson will have the biggest slump this season out of these college football stars.