Vic Beasley, DE, Clemson
Beasley lets his stats do his talking. The disruptor from Adairsville led the ACC with 13 sacks, was fourth in the nation in tackles for loss (23) and helped transform the Clemson defense. He turned down NFL dollars for one more go around with the Tigers.
Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh
A hometown hero from nearby Clairton, Pa., Boyd broke Larry Fitzgerald’s freshman receiving records with 85 catches and 1,174 yards in 2013. And then he returned a punt for a TD to help the Panthers win their bowl game. What’s his encore?
Rashad Greene, WR, FSU
Speedy and able to leap DBs in a single bound, Greene could finish as the most productive receiver in school history. It helps that he has a Heisman Trophy winner throwing to him, so don’t expect a fall off from his 76-catch, 1,128-yard, nine-TD season in 2013.
Duke Johnson, RB, Miami
Johnson didn’t sit around when a fractured ankle brought a halt to his season against FSU last year. He added muscle and enters this year at about 206 pounds, looking to eclipse the 920 yards rushing he had despite missing 2013’s final five games.
Jameis Winston, QB, FSU
What’s next for Winston? The Seminoles will have to replace plenty of offensive talent, but Winston should be able to at least reproduce his Heisman-winning numbers of 4,057 yards passing and 40 TDs with Greene, RB Karlos Williams and TE Nick O’Leary around him.