That’s how quickly stardom can occur in college football, a sport where the turnover is sharp and the best players come and go annually.
As we head into what will be a long offseason, it’s a good time to look forward and project the players set to emerge as superstars in 2021. You already know Rattler, Sam Howell, D’Eriq King, Kayvon Thibodeaux, Kyle Hamilton, Derek Stingley and Breece Hall, among many others. But there’s another group of standouts set to blossom when given the chance next year.
These won’t be surprising names to college football diehards, especially if you follow recruiting. But for the casual fan, just think of this as your need-to-know name guide ahead of the 2021 campaign. These are the players who’ll snatch headlines and compete for postseason awards.