5 Big Ten Stars Ready To Break Out In 2014

Big Ten Football: 5 Breakout Stars For 2014 Season

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The Big Ten will welcome newcomers Maryland and Rutgers this season after the latest conference expansion, but the Eastern seaboard imports won't be the only fresh faces fans will grow accustomed to in 2014. Here are five breakout stars who you will be hearing about.

5. Maxx Williams

Maxx Williams Minnesota Big Ten Breakout Stars 2014
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5. Maxx Williams

Maxx Williams Minnesota Big Ten Breakout Stars 2014
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Williams, a Minnesota legacy, should already be on your radar after leading the Gophers in receiving yards (417) with 25 receptions (16.7 ypc average) and five touchdowns as a redshirt freshman last season, despite having not one, but two unproductive quarterbacks throwing him the ball. This season, expect All-Big Ten numbers from Williams with another year of experience and hopefully one starting QB for the entire year.

4. Demetrius Cooper

Demetrius Cooper Michigan State Big Ten Breakout Stars 2014
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4. Demetrius Cooper

Demetrius Cooper Michigan State Big Ten Breakout Stars 2014
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Demetrius Cooper is drawing rave reviews from Sparta after filling out his 6-foot-5 frame. His motor, length and raw talent have been compared to MSU's 2013 Big Ten Defensive Lineman of the Year, Shilique Calhoun, and it's easy to see why after his terrorizing spring game performance. The redshirt freshman will have to split time at defensive end with Calhoun and Marcus Rush, but with less pressure, expect big results.

3. Corey Clement

Corey Clement Wisconsin Big Ten Breakout Stars 2014
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3. Corey Clement

Corey Clement Wisconsin Big Ten Breakout Stars 2014
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Clement is another player who will star in a reserve role in 2014, as no one is questioning Heisman hopeful Melvin Gordon's place atop the depth chart. However, with a massive offensive line and a capable workhorse in front of him wearing down defenses, you might as well call Clement the janitor with all the cleaning up he'll be doing. Don't be surprised if the sophomore rushes for 1,000 yards himself this season.

2. Anthony Zettel

Anthony Zettel Penn State Big Ten Breakout Stars 2014
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2. Anthony Zettel

Anthony Zettel Penn State Big Ten Breakout Stars 2014
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Zettel will move from his backup role the past two seasons to a starting spot at defensive tackle in 2014, which isn't good news for opposing offenses. A converted end, Zettel possesses speed that is just unfair when combined with his 6-foot-4, 280-pound grown man's strength. The Michigan native appears to be PSU's next first-team All-Big Ten defensive lineman, or in other words, the seventh in a row.

1. Noah Spence

Noah Spence Ohio State Big Ten Breakout Stars 2014
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1. Noah Spence

Noah Spence Ohio State Big Ten Breakout Stars 2014
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Spence has arguably already broken out, recording 51 tackles and eight sacks for Ohio State as a sophomore. However, the likely future first-round NFL draft pick is not done ascending and should become one of the nation's premier defensive players this season. Spence will benefit from playing with several other star defensive lineman, and new position coach Larry Johnson is capable of squeezing every drop of potential out of him.

Michael Briggs is a College Football Writer for Rant Sports. You can follow him on Twitter or Google Plus.

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