A lot of college football teams and players wish they could erase the 2016 season from their minds, but only a handful will have the kind of year in 2017 that will make it a reality.
For some players, injuries derailed promising careers temporarily a year ago. For others, schematic mismatches or down years were enough to make them want to put last season in the rearview mirror.
Even powerhouse programs whose seasons didn’t live up to expectations are looking to rebound, and they made big-time assistant hires to help. From all corners of the Power Five, there are stars looking to soar again during the upcoming football season. Many programs are poised to do the same.
For many of the notable college football players who faced their darkest times in 2016, the dawn is fast approaching. As with death and taxes, injuries are a certainty in football, and sometimes it’s the nation’s best that suffer. But that doesn’t cancel out the possibility of a big return. Here are the players and teams poised to have big bounce-back campaigns and raise their stocks in 2017.