18 for ’18: 18 key offseason topics: No. 12, who are the five already great players about to explode into the superstars who’ll define the 2018 college football season?
18 for ’18: No. 12 Great Players About To Explode Nationally
18 for ’18 Offseason Topics
18: Power 5 Coach Hot Seat Rankings
17: Power 5 Projected Win Totals & Swing Games
16. Best Longshot National Championship Teams
15. Group of 5 vs. Power 5 Upset Alerts
14. Every Power Five Team’s Letdown Game
13. Breakout QBs You Need To Know
Before last season, everyone – at least those who care about college football – knew San Diego State’s Rashaad Penny was going to be fantastic, and Stanford’s Bryce Love would be amazing, and NC State’s Bradley Chubb would dominate, and Oklahoma State’s Mason Rudolph would bomb away – and then they went out and did it.
So which great players from last season will take their games to a whole new national level this year?
You probably know their names, and you know they’re already good. Now these five players are among the ones who’ll turn into some of the season-defining superstars.
These are the players everyone else will spend the next few months doing features about.
5. RB Devin Singletary, Florida Atlantic
San Diego State’s Rashaad Penny ran for 23 touchdowns. Stanford’s Bryce Love ran for 19, Washington’s Myles Gaskin ran for 21, and Lamar Jackson scored 19 times.
Saquon Barkley? He scored 23 total touchdowns.
FAU RB Devin Singletary? He ran for a nation-leading 32 – 11 more than anyone else – and scored 33 in all, as he turned into the star and main man for the tremendous Owl offense.
He also ran for 1,920 yards, finishing just behind Penny, Love, and Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor.
The Conference USA Player of the Year might have to share a little bit more of the workload to keep him in one piece for the bigger games, but he’s still going to be the one everything works around.
“Motor” isn’t all that big at just 5-9 and 200 pounds, but he’s a machine, averaging 6.5 yards per carry over his first two seasons with 2,941 yards and 44 rushing scores.
Able to power through when needed, he’s got a nose for the goal line, can zip through the hole, and has home run hitting ability.
No, really, how much of a scoring machine is he? He came up with two touchdowns or more in each of his last 11 games last season and 15 of his last 18 outings.
Everyone will be all over Lane Kiffin, focusing on him and the program more than ever. And Singletary will be a main reason why.