During Mississippi State's initial press availability on the day players reported for fall practice, senior defensive end Preston Smith made note of how lucky the Bulldogs were by returning to work during an unseasonably cool summer. That lasted all of two days.
Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen enters his sixth season with talent and depth across the board. That means playing freshmen in key spots will be a luxury and not a necessity for Mullen, though these 10 could be prime candidates to break through and earn playing time.
Who saw Dak Prescott and Jameon Lewis coming? Entering Mississippi State's 2013 football season, Prescott was the backup quarterback behind starter Tyler Russell and Lewis had amassed just 251 career receiving yards through two seasons. At the end of the year, however, the two were among MSU's top playmakers, with Prescott exploding for nearly 3,000 yards and 25 touchdowns while Lewis scored touchdowns in three different ways wile topping the 1,000-yard mark for the first time in his career. So who are the candidates to emerge from nowhere and become breakout players in 2014?
1. Golsan ready to contribute to Ole Miss baseball program COLLEGE SPORTS
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