With 119 Division I-A programs and more than 100 players vying for roster spots on many of those teams, it's often difficult to predict which players will separate themselves from the pack. But that's just part of the fun of college football.
Rattling off the names of established stars is one thing, but identifying the next wave of stars is not easy. The following is a breakdown of 26 players (11 offense, 11 defense, four special teams) who jumped out on film as having the most potential for stardom at their respective positions. Some are just young players who needed time to develop, while others were simply overshadowed a season ago by bigger-name stars. Regardless, here is a look at my preseason All-Emerging team.
Brian Brohm, QB, Louisville (Soph.)
Coach Bobby Petrino's dedication to give Brohm reps as a freshman (98 passing attempts in 2004) should pay big dividends in 2005, particularly early in the season in games at Kentucky and versus Oregon and North Carolina. Brohm, one of the most sought after recruits in the 2004 class, has great size (6-foot-4, 224 pounds), a rifle for an arm, adequate mobility and poise beyond his years. Replacing Stefan LeFors is no easy task, but Brohm is more than up for the challenge. With one of the nation's best and most experienced offensive lines protecting him and with weapons like RB Michael Bush and WRs Montrell Jones, Joshua Tinch and Broderick Clark surrounding him, Brohm should put up huge numbers in Petrino's passer-friendly spread offensive scheme.