Every SEC program has players who are ready to step into starring roles. Prime among them:
Caleb Azubike, LB, Vanderbilt:
He has missed some practice because of personal matters, but Azubike should have more freedom to make big plays with the Commodores' switch to a 3-4 scheme.
Alex Collins, RB, Arkansas:
He ran for 1,026 yards as a freshman but was overlooked because of the Razorbacks' struggles. Collins will share carries with Jonathan Williams.
Ryan Flannigan, LB, Kentucky:
A junior-college star, Flannigan is expected to step into the linebacker spot vacated by Avery Williamson.
Corey Grant, RB, Auburn:
Grant raised eyebrows when he was unofficially clocked with a sub-4.2-second 40 in the spring. With Tre Mason gone, Grant should pile up yards in Gus Malzahn's spread offense.
Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama:
The Sugar Bowl was Henry's coming-out party. He'll team with T.J. Yeldon to give the Crimson Tide the best 1-2 running back punch in the country.
Chris Jones, DE, Mississippi State:
Just a sophomore, the 6-foot-5, 300-pound Jones should be a force at tackle or end for the Bulldogs.
Maty Mauk, QB, Missouri:
After playing behind James Franklin as a redshirt freshman, Mauk is ready to establish himself as the conference's top dual-threat quarterback.
Malcolm Mitchell, WR, Georgia:
Mitchell missed all but one series last season with a torn ACL and recently had a knee scoped, but he should put up big numbers.
Robert Nkemdiche, DT, Ole Miss:
The nation's top recruit in 2013, Nkemdiche should make a big jump from his freshman season to his sophomore year. He's big, powerful and athletic.
Cedric Ogbuehi, OL, Texas A&M:
His move to left tackle probably will make Ogbuehi the Aggies' next top-10 NFL pick at the position, joining Luke Joeckel and Jake Matthews.
Von Pearson, WR, Tennessee:
The junior-college transfer has been compared to Cordarrelle Patterson, who spent one season with the Vols before entering the draft.
Kelvin Taylor, RB, Florida:
The son of former Gators and NFL star Fred Taylor should prosper under new offensive coordinator Kurt Roper.
Dylan Thompson, QB, South Carolina:
A fifth-year senior, Thompson has waited his turn. He has Steve Spurrier's stamp of approval, which should tell us something.
Tre'Davious White, DB, LSU:
The Tigers produce some of the top defensive backs in the nation annually and White, a sophomore, is the next in line. He's a shut-down cornerback.