Originally written on Taking Bad Schotz  |  Last updated 5/12/12

There are going to be a lot of guys that’ll burst onto the scene next year and statistically dominate their position. Taking Bad Schotz is going to release a series of volumes, each made up of five breakout stars for 2013 that aren’t named Matt Barkley, Landry Jones, Tajh Boyd, Denard Robinson, Montee Ball, Marcus Lattimore, Robert Woods, or Sammy Watkins.

Last week we covered Tyler Bray, Geno Smith, Ray Graham,  Cameron Marshall, and Terrence Williams. This edition has some star power you might not even know about…

QB: E.J. Manuel (Junior, Florida State)

The Seminoles are banking on Manuel next year to lead them to an ACC title, and if he shows improvement there’s a strong chance he will.  At 6-5 245 lbs and a whole lot of potential, some early Mocks have Manuel in next year’s first round. Last season Manuel finished with 2,666 yards and 22 total touchdowns; not 1st round worthy numbers. But it’s implied that the potential is there, and he should live up to it this upcoming season as he showed improvements as the season went on. Specifically against NC Sate led by nation interception leader David Amerson, Manuel was 25-34 with 321 yards and two touchdowns. Manuel is very accurate with 65.3 CMP%, but struggles to get the ball downfield and rack up major yardage. Next year I expect Manuel to gamble downfield and break the 3,000 yard mark along with 25 touchdowns.

RB: Eddie Lacy (Sophomore, Alabama)

It’s the same hair but a different player. Standing at 6-1 220 lbs Eddie Lacy is taking over for Trent Richardson (who took over for Mark Ingram, who took over for anyone? …Anyone? Glen Coffee). Of course last season he took the backseat, but next season the spotlight is on the hard-running Lacy. In 95 rushing attempts the big back had 674 yards and 7 touchdowns. He should at least double his stats as a starter and end up with 1,400 yards and 18 touchdowns.

RB: Jordan Brown (Junior, Bryant)

If you don’t follow the Northeast Conference then you probably have never heard of the Nation’s leading rusher Jordan Brown. Brown ran for over 100+ yards in each of his 11 games with a season high of 248 yards (he ran for 200+ yards 3x).  He finished with 1,815 rushing yards and 19 touchdowns, and was clearly named Northeast Conference Offensive Player of the Year. I can’t really predict his stats, but man I hope he gets drafted next year after flirting with 2,000 yards and 25 touchdowns.

WR: Kenny Stills (Sophomore, Oklahoma)

With Landry Jones returning and Ryan Broyles to the NFL, Kenny Stills can emerge as the go-to-guy. In 11 games last year Stills had 61 receptions, 849 yards, and 8 touchdowns with a long of 58. He had 3 games of 100+ yards on the season, and shined with 6 touchdowns in a 4 game span. If Landry Jones is Landry Jones then Stills is good for an easy 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns.

TE: Joseph Fauria (Junior, UCLA)

His twitter name @BigJoeFauria is the perfect description for the 6-8 tight end. Nephew of Christian Fauria, Joseph is living up to the family name. In a not-so-mediocre UCLA offense he had 39 receptions with 481 yards and 6 touchdowns. Clearly this beast is a huge red zone target, but hopefully he can see more action like he did in his first start last season against Houston when he had over 100 yards. I’m expecting 600 yards with a ceiling of 10 touchdowns.

-Schotz

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