By Taylor Sturm @TSturmRS on August 13, 2014
With SEC Football season less than three weeks away, college football and SEC fans alike are excited to see which players will emerge from the toughest conference in college football as some of the best players in the country. Several teams need young players to step up big at key positions, so there are plenty of opportunities for multiple players to shine for each team. Here are 10 SEC Football players who will break out in 2014.
Recently, it seems like every season for the Vols either their defense or offense will struggle. This season, their defense will be good. Sutton is player with a nose for the ball who is maturing rapidly. He will benefit from the players around him improving on defense.
As Zach Mettenberger’s replacement for the Tigers, Jennings has work to do. However, he’ll get better as the season goes along and could finish the season as a dark horse Heisman candidate for 2015.
Nkemdiche is a tackling machine. His size, speed, strength and athleticism make him a potential candidate for the 2014 Rotary Lombardi trophy, as well as several others.
This guy is a monster athlete with a clear chance at starting. With Alabama focusing on the run game in 2014, he’ll be able to make big plays down the field due to play-action passing.
Tennessee may be in the midst of transitioning, but North is a monster. He’s going to be playing on Sundays, and 2014 could be his big year in college.
The Gators are poised for a bounce-back season in 2014, and Taylor has shown flashes of elite running-back capability.
Tre Mason is off to the NFL, and Auburn is still a very talented team. Although I don’t see the Tigers winning the SEC West, Artis-Payne is coming off an excellent 2013 campaign for a backup running back and will shine in 2014.
After tearing an ACL in 2013, Scott-Wesley will be returning to the Bulldogs with fairly low expectations. With two seniors alongside him, this wide receiver is going to have a big 2014.
With a veteran quarterback and an all-around talented team, Ole Miss is set to surprise many people in 2014. Treadwell is explosive and made some ridiculous catches in 2013; expect big things in 2014.
South Carolina has a talented offensive line, experience at the skill positions and a quarterback who’s ready to shine. Davis is in the perfect situation with the Gamecocks to explode in 2014.
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