10 College Football Stars Headed for Sophomore Slumps in 2014

10 College Football Stars Headed for Sophomore Slumps in 2014

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Sophomore Slumps in College Football have become the norm the past few years. The following 10 players will have worse numbers than their sensational freshman seasons in 2013. The difficulty to produce better numbers for these players will be due to coaching changes, up-and-coming players, veterans coming back from injury or loss of veteran players that helped them excel in 2013.

10. Maty Mauk, QB, Missouri

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10. Maty Mauk, QB, Missouri

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Mauk has all the tools to be a future NFL draft pick. He passed for 1,071 yards, 11 TDs and only two INTs as a redshirt freshman last season. The only problem is he is losing too many weapons. Dorial-Green Beckham, the top recruit in 2012, was kicked off the team and will possibly play for OU next season. He also lost big playmakers in L'Damian Washington and Henry Josey to the NFL. Once Mauk gets more weapons, he could be a Heisman Contender.

9. Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh

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9. Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh

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Boyd finished his freshman season with 85 rec, 1,174 yards, seven TDs, and showed fans he could be the next Sammy Watkins or Amari Cooper. But like Watkins and Cooper, his numbers will dip in 2014. Mainly in part because of the QB position. The Panthers lost strong-armed QB Tom Savage to the Houston Texans, and also lost WR Devin Street to the Dallas Cowboys, which means more defensive attention on Boyd.

8. Amba Etta - Tawo, WR, Maryland

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8. Amba Etta-Tawo, WR, Maryland

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Injuries to star receivers Stefon Diggs and Deon Long allowed Etta-Towa to get some reps late in the season, and he didn't disappoint. Etta-Towa came back with 31 rec, 500 yards, two TDs, but with Diggs and Long healthy this season, he could be right back on the sideline and with limited contributions in 2014.

7. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

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7. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

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The Heisman-Winning, baseball-slingin' QB is being set up to have a drop off in his numbers (which still will be Heisman consideration numbers). The pressure of possibly being the first pick in next year's draft, having sexual assault charges, losing most if not all his weapons to the NFL, and having a very tough schedule in 2014, Winston is due for a slump. If you don't believe me, the Spring Game might change your mind--where he went 27-of-56.

6. Myles Jack, RB/LB, UCLA

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6. Myles Jack, RB/LB, UCLA

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Jack was one of the best stories this past season, dominating on both offense and defense. His first game on offense at Arizona, he rushed for 120 yards, including a 66-yard TD, but his running back days will be decreased due to senior Jordan James coming back this season healthier than ever, and another sophomore star, Paul Perkins, coming on strong last season as well. I look for Jack to have a great season at LB, but maybe not as dominant.

5. Shock Linwood, RB, Baylor

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5. Shock Linwood, RB, Baylor

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Running for 881 yards and eight touchdowns last season while backing up Lache Seastrunk, Linwood could see more opportunities in 2014, but with Heisman favorite Bryce Petty possibly get more pass attempts this season, Linwood will also be in a rotation with Devin Chafin and Johnny Jefferson. Don't be surprised if his numbers dip in 2014, due to the pressure to be the next star in Art Briles' fast-paced offense.

4. Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State

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4. Christian Hackenberg, QB, Penn State

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WIth a new coach in James Franklin, the signs point to Hackenberg's numbers to dwindle from the 2,955 yards, 20 touchdowns and 10 interceptions he posted as a freshman last season. He could have a sophomore slump due to his offensive line being very young and inexperienced and his wide receivers this season have very little to no game experience. The running game will more than likely be the focal point for the Nittany Lions in 2014.

3. Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

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3. Joey Bosa, DE, Ohio State

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Bosa is going to be a star for the Buckeyes in the future. He started every game as a true freshman, and totaled 7.5 sacks. But with the Big Ten known for great offensive lineman, Bosa will be targeted and possibly double and triple teamed on some occasions. I do see him being a possible first-round pick in the future, but his numbers could drop off late in the season in conference play.

2. Sefo Liufau, QB, Colorado

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2. Sefo Liufau, QB, Colorado

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Liufau has great size (6-foot-4) and has shown great leadership to be one of the next best Pac-12 signal callers. But Liufau loses the heart and soul of the Buffaloes offense in 2013, Paul Richardson. The Buffs offense will be very young in 2014, with Liufau depending on young players like Bryce Bobo and Michael Adkins to step up and replace Richardson. The future looks bright for CU, but they might have some growing pains along the way in 2014.

1. Nate Philips, WR, Arizona

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1. Nate Phillips, WR, Arizona

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Most young receivers develop quickly due to a veteran quarterback. In this case, Phillips thrived with QB B.J. Denker, catching 51 passes for 696 yards and seven touchdowns. But Denker is graduated, and receiver Austin Hill, the Wildcats leading receiver in 2012, is back from injury, and Notre Dame transfer DeVonte Neal and Texas transfer Cayleb Jones will be competing for passes in 2014. Look for Phillips to have lower numbers next season.

James Carnes is a Denver Broncos writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @JCarnes85, “Like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.