The series continues today with the Tigers as we look at which players in the ACC made a splash this spring and showed potential of having a breakout season in 2011.
A reminder of how we're defining breakout players: players who haven't seen the field yet but showed they could be major contributors this fall; players who have seen limited time but could earn significantly bigger roles this season; and players who have started but could blossom into stars. We'll pick one on offense, one on defense.
Mike Bellamy, RB: This true freshman is one who could definitely have an immediate impact once he arrives on campus, especially with the early departure of Jamie Harper to the NFL. Bellamy was ranked the No. 72 player in the nation by ESPN Recruiting, and the No. 6 running back in his recruiting class. He had 7,329 rushing yards and 110 touchdowns in his high school career. He averaged 8.7 yards per carry in high school. Wow.
Malliciah Goodman, DE: He's a big, strong athlete who hasn't reached his potential yet but will have a chance to do that this year as he is working this offseason to replace Da'Quan Bowers. Goodman's hands measure 11.5 inches from finger tip to finger tip, a figure that would have been among the best at the 2009 NFL combine. He only has one career start, but has played in 27 games. There's no question his role will increase this year and more will be expected of him.