- Edward Aschoff, ESPN Staff Writer
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Dan Mullen has made a habit of turning potential sleepers into stars. Let's see how he does in 2015.
Sleeper: Dontavian Lee, RB, RFr.
Why: The Bulldogs have to find a replacement for bowling ball running back Josh Robinson, who rushed for more than 1,200 yards and had 11 touchdowns last year. While Mullen has done a pretty solid job of churning out running backs, Robinson was a special talent with his ability to bounce off or away from tacklers, so replacing him won't be easy. As for now, nothing is official in terms of naming that replacement, but keep an eye on Lee, who sat out last season. Word out of Starkville is that he was the best looking running back this spring. Practices began with Ashton Shumpert and Aeris Williams getting most of the attention, but Lee shook things up by pushing his name right in the thick of the running backs race. We can't place too much stock into spring games, but Lee led all of Mississippi State's backs with 53 yards and a touchdown. He also combined to rush for more than 200 total yards in the Bulldogs' three scrimmages. The 6-foot-1, 220-pound bruiser had a knack for running over opponents this spring, and if he keeps that up, he'll definitely be a running back to watch this fall.
Mississippi State's Dan Mullen has made a habit of turning potential sleepers into stars. Can he do it again in 2015?