I'm back from vacation, and so is the series on the ACC's breakout players for 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. The Noles are up next:
Jacob Fahrenkrug, OL: The junior college transfer was the heir apparent to Rodney Hudson at left guard, but because of injuries, he ended up finishing spring practices at center. Fahrenkrug had never really played the position before, but proved capable of it this spring. The offensive line is the biggest question mark facing the Seminoles, and it's also one position group where a player like Fahrenkrug has a chance to make an immediate impact.
Lamarcus Joyner, S: Joyner was a reserve cornerback as a true freshman last year, but coach Jimbo Fisher has since been raving about Joyner's move to safety, which was his natural position in high school. Some thought Joyner was a bit undersized to play safety, but he excelled at it this spring and there's a good chance he could emerge as the starter this fall.
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