- Andrea Adelson, College Football
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The Big East recently came out with its summer preview, complete with notes and a section on rising stars in the league.
Here are the players the league lists with the potential for breakout seasons:
Teddy Bridgewater, So., QB, Louisville
Levi Brown, Jr., DT, Temple
Chris Coyer, Jr., QB, Temple
Brandon Coleman, So., WR, Rutgers
Dyshawn Davis, So., LB, Syracuse
Aaron Donald, Jr., DE, Pitt
Sterling Griffin, Jr., WR, USF
DeDe Lattimore, Jr., LB, USF
Jawan Jamison, So., RB, Rutgers
Munchie Legaux, Jr., QB, Cincinnati
Eli Rogers, So., WR, Louisville
Marcus Sales, Sr., WR, Syracuse
Yawin Smallwood, So., LB, UConn
Chandler Whitmer, Jr., QB, UConn
It is hard to argue with most every player on the list. I think Bridgewater and Donald had their breakout seasons a year ago, so I would have had them in an entirely separate group because I think both already have arrived.
The one player I would single out from this group is Lattimore. From everything I have been told, he is poised to have a monster season and challenge Khaseem Greene as the top linebacker in the league. Remember that Chris Cosh's defensive scheme relies heavily on the linebackers. Last year, Kansas State had great defensive turnaround thanks, in part, to linebacker play. Arthur Brown made the Big 12 first team and had 101 tackles to finish ninth in the conference.
Cosh's background is in working with linebackers as well, so that bodes well for the Bulls and Lattimore.
Here are a few other players I think could have been included on the list:
What do you guys think? Who has the potential to be a breakout star in 2012?