It's time to take a look at which players in the ACC made a splash this spring and showed potential of having a breakout season in 2011. I'm following Big East blogger Brian Bennett's lead in defining exactly what a "breakout player" is: 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 go in alphabetical order, looking at one player on offense and one on defense, starting with the Eagles:
Colin Larmond Jr., WR: He was expected to be the Eagles' go-to receiver in 2010, but never got a chance because he tore his ACL two weeks before the season began. He was limited to running, lifting and watching this spring, but expects to be fully cleared to return to the starting lineup this fall. He redshirted last season, but in 2009 led BC receivers in average yards per catch (20.6) and had four of BC’s five longest receptions of the year. He finished 2009 second on the team in receptions (29), yards (596), touchdowns (5) and average per game (45.8).
Kaleb Ramsey DT: He led BC's defensive linemen with 39 tackles last year and also had 7.5 tackles for a loss and 2.5 sacks. He played in 11 games last year and started 10 games, but with Damik Scafe gone, Ramsey proved to coach Frank Spaziani this spring that he is ready to assume the leadership role up front.