Notre Dame TE among top breakout candidates outside 'Big Five'


We're a long way from the start of the 2014 season (not that we're counting, but it's 69 days away), but that doesn't mean we can't start going in-depth about what we think will happen this fall.

To that end, we're going to pick 10 players that will go from well-known in their leagues (actually, in some cases, it might even be little-known in their leagues) to well-known nationally this season -- the top 10 breakout players in each league, as it were.

Today, we look at the top 10 breakout candidates who play outside the "Big Five" leagues -- 10 players everyone will know when November rolls around.

10. LB Bronson Kaufusi, BYU

9. OT Ty Sambrailo, Colorado State

8. CB Byron Jones, Connecticut

7. TE Ben Koyack, Notre Dame

6. DE Martin Ifedi, Memphis

5. FS Derron Smith, Fresno State

4. OT Eric Lefeld, Cincinnati

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3. OLB Kyler Fackrell, Utah State

2. OLB Jaylon Smith, Notre Dame

1. WR Deontay Greenberry, Houston

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