The series continues today with NC State ...
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. The top candidates at NC State, starting with the most obvious:
Mike Glennon, QB: In his first season as full-time starter, Glennon doesn't have much choice other than to have a breakout season if the Wolfpack is going to build upon last year's nine-win season. He entered NC State with plenty of hype -- he was named the No. 3 quarterback in the nation in his recruiting class by ESPN Recruiting. Glennon has earned the praise of the coaching staff this offseason, not only for his performance during the spring, but for his dedication to the film room and playbook. The only thing he's lacking is significant game experience, as Glennon only played in three games last season as Russell Wilson's backup and has 52 career pass attempts.
Jarvis Byrd, CB: Byrd has waited long enough to make a lasting impact on NC State's defense, and he's a projected starter once again heading into summer camp. Byrd redshirted last seaosn as he recovered from a torn ACL. In 2009, he was one of the top contributors on special teams and was promoted to the starting boundary corner in November. He started against Clemson, Virginia Tech and North Carolina but tore an ACL against UNC and missed 2010 spring practices. Now healthy, Byrd is on the brink of a breakout season.
More in this series: