Each year it’s always exciting to watch new players emerge in the ranks of the college football world. As each summer rolls along, new players are cast into positions to succeed and each year we see new names develop into big time players. Here is a list of some players in the SEC that I think are poised for a breakout year
SEC Breakout Players:
De’ Runnya Wilson- WR Mississippi State (So.)
The 6’5” 215 pound former Alabama Mr. Basketball is coming into his second year as a Mississippi State Bulldog where he saw immediate playing time as a true freshman. A long rangy receiver with speed, De’ Runnya caught 26 passes for 351 yards and three touchdowns. He also played on the basketball team as a freshman but look for his main focus to be on the football field in his upcoming years. With the trendy Heisman hopeful Dak Prescott at quarterback, look for Wilson to become State’s biggest red zone threat. Barring injury, he should have breakout year.
Ahmad Fulwood – WR Florida (So.)
Fulwood is a player carrying a lot of momentum into the 2014 season. The 6’4” 200 pound wide out only totaled 17 catches on the season but 16 of those catches came in the last 7 games of the campaign. Fulwood is a long vertical threat receiver and tough to match up with. Word is out that new offensive coordinator Kurt Roper’s offensive installation is ahead of progress and Fulwood and Jeff Driskel have developed a lot of chemistry in the offseason. The Gator’s offense has been anemic under the Muschamp regime but look for things to start trending in a positive direction this year with Fulwood being a main component.
Derrick Henry – Alabama RB (So.)
Derrick Henry is a scary, scary dude. It was tough deciding between him and his other fellow sophomore freak O.J. Howard but in the end you have to go with history. Alabama ran the ball, they run the ball now, and they will continue to run the ball. The reason why? Well it’s easy when you have running backs like Derrick Henry. The 6’3” 240 pound Henry looks more like a middle linebacker than a running back. He started off his career by breaking the hearts of Dawg fans by de-committing and signing with Alabama and it looks like he will be breaking the hearts of opposing teams and fans this year. It’s scary to think how good this guy can be this year and how big and strong he can get under the tutelage of the one and only Alabama strength coach Scott Cochran. Definitely click on that link if you haven’t heard of him before. The Crimson Tide seem primed and ready for another great season after several historical recruiting classes and if the Sugar Bowl last year is any indication of things to come, Henry will be a huge contributor to their success.
Leonard Floyd – Georgia OLB (So.)
Floyd ended his freshman year garnering national attention by making Phil Steele’s freshman All-American team. However, many still don’t know about Georgia’s scariest weapon on defense just yet. With new defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt, look for Floyd to have a huge year for the Dawgs. Floyd has put on 10 pounds of muscle in the off-season and at 6’4” 230 pounds he should be able to provide great physicality. Look for Pruitt to also utilize Floyd in coverage as he matches up well with tight ends and big receivers. Floyd has All-American potential and don’t be surprised if he finishes this year as one.
Caleb Azubike – Vanderbilt OLB (Jr.)
Under new hiring Derek Mason, it looks like Vanderbilt will be switching to more of a 3-4 look. With that being said, Azubike seems like a player ready for a breakout year. He had a great freshman year for the Dores’ but was part of a five man defensive end rotation last year. Look for the newly dubbed outside linebacker to be on the field a lot more this season and for his sack numbers to go way up. At 6’4” 265 pounds Azubike has massive arms and an explosive lower body and this year seems to be the year for him to put it all together.