UCLA linebacker/running back Myles Jack (sophomore): The most interesting player in college football supplemented his superb linebacker play with surprising running ability, collecting 265 yards and six touchdowns during a three-game stretch late in the year. Jack, who had 75 tackles, two interceptions and a team-high 11 pass breakups as a true freshman, will take on a bigger role as UCLA loses star linebacker Anthony Barr.
Ole Miss defensive tackle Robert Nkemdiche (sophomore): The No. 1 recruit in the 2013 class showed flashes as a freshman for the Rebels, recording two sacks and eight tackles for loss. Nkemdiche should take another step this coming season and might become the SEC's next truly dominant interior defensive lineman.
Texas Tech quarterback Davis Webb (sophomore): Webb announced himself to Arizona State and the rest of the nation last month in the National University Holiday Bowl, tying a bowl record with four touchdown passes and racking up 403 pass yards in an impressive win. It marked Webb's third 400-yard passing performance, and he completed better than 62 percent of his passes in each of his final five games. Webb's stock should soar as he matures in Kliff Kingsbury's pass-heavy offense in Lubbock.
North Carolina wide receiver/returner Ryan Switzer (sophomore): If you punt the ball to Switzer, he'll probably make you pay. He led the nation in punt return average (20.9 YPR) and punt return touchdowns (5), three more than any FBS player, en route to becoming the first North Carolina true freshman since 1977 to earn first-team All-ACC honors. He added 32 receptions for 342 yards and three touchdowns and should have an even bigger role in the fall.