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5 Players Who Could Replace Johnny Manziel As College Football’s Top Star

Players Who Could Replace Johnny Manziel As College Football's Top Star

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Johnny Football might have gone to the NFL, but college football won't be lacking stars next season. 2014 is poised to be the year of the quarterback, with several of the sport's biggest names manning great offenses. Which player will emerge as college football's next poster child?

5. Mike Davis, South Carolina, RB

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5. Mike Davis, South Carolina, RB

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Davis isn't flashy, but he has the potential for a monster year. He has no competition in the South Carolina backfield, and you can expect Steve Spurrier's offense to rely heavily on this workhorse back. Davis rushed for nearly 1,200 yards last season, and had the potential for more if he wasn't injured late in the year. The Gamecocks open the season on a Thursday night, a golden opportunity for Davis to introduce himself on the national stage.

4. Nick Marshall, Auburn, QB

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4. Nick Marshall, Auburn, QB

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Marshall is one of the best athletes in college football. He isn't always accurate, but he seems to have a knack for making the big play at the most crucial of times. Marshall will need to be a better game manager in 2014 since Tre Mason is gone, but the potential is definitely there. Marshall is one of the most exciting players in the country to watch, and he could be headed for a Heisman season in 2014.

3. Braxton Miller, Ohio State, QB

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3. Braxton Miller, Ohio State, QB

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Miller is a legitimate Heisman candidate next season, as he took huge strides in Urban Meyer's spread offense last season. The Ohio State star is one of the most dangerous dual threat quarterbacks in the nation, and his Buckeyes are legitimate title contenders heading into next season. There aren't many players who are more fun to watch than Braxton Miller.

2. Marcus Mariota, Oregon, QB

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2. Marcus Mariota, Oregon, QB

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Mariota was the Heisman favorite until late last season, and the Oregon QB will look to improve upon what was a solid 2013 campaign. 3,500 passing yards and 1,000 rushing yards isn't completely out of the question for Mariota, and if he can post numbers anywhere close to those, he will undoubtedly be a Heisman finalist. There aren't many things more exciting than watching Mariota perform in the high-powered Oregon offense.

1. Jameis Winston, Florida State, QB

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1. Jameis Winston, Florida State, QB

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Winston gets the privilege of playing behind FSU's monster offensive line, a group heralded as the best line in the entire nation. "Famous Jameis" is poised for a monster 2014 campaign, as he will look to become just the second player in college football history to win the Heisman in back-to-back seasons. 40 touchdown passes for the second year in a row isn't out of the question, as Winston and the 'Noles will be impressive yet again.

Jacob Dennis is a writer at RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “Like” him on Facebook, and add him to your network on Google.