William GholstonDefensive End | Michigan State
Put Gholston at the top of the list of Big Ten breakout candidates in 2012. The sophomore made the Georgia backfield his personal playground in the Outback Bowl, finishing with five tackles for loss, two sacks and a fumble recovery.
Gholston should take over as a leader on the Spartans' defensive line next season with All-American tackle Jerel Worthy going into the NFL draft. If he can match his bowl performance in the regular season, Gholston might be the next Michigan State defender to jump to the pros early.
-- Brian Bennett