Every college football season produces its share of new faces on the scene, as breakout players or rising stars play a huge role in determining the four playoff teams and the conference champions.
While these players are instrumental to the success of any team, projecting breakout players for any given season is no easy task.
After all, each person has a different take on what a “breakout player” is, and college football is always home to several new faces throughout the season.
While it’s difficult to label breakout players, the new stars of any season can have a huge impact on conference championship or national title races - and that's certainly going to hold true for the 2022 season.
With kickoff for the 2022 season less than 20 days away, Athlon Sports is taking a look at 50 players who could be poised for a breakout year from the Power 5 conferences, Notre Dame or the Group of 5 ranks.
Players from every position and all 10 conferences were included. Also, a few freshmen cracked the list.
1. Shyheim Battle, CB, NC State 2. Cole Bishop, S, Utah 3. Brandon Brown, DL, UTSA