Hill will be a third-year sophomore this fall. A four-star
recruit out of high school, Hill started three of the first
four games in 2013 before being slowed by injuries.
He earned a medical redshirt and tried again last year,
though he was jumped on the depth chart by a few
players during his injury-plagued offseason. This year,
however, Hill will have the opportunity to shine. Following the departure of All-American Michael Bennett, Hill
will get the chance to start at defensive tackle. He was
an All-American in high school and can be dominant
Brown started 11 games for the
Irish in 2014, finishing second on the
team with 548 receiving yards. At
6-foot- 2, Brown has the ability to go
up and make tough catches, as well
as the speed to create separation
and threaten defenses deep. The
former three-star prospect chose
Notre Dame over offers from South
Carolina, Florida, Arkansas and others. Heading into his senior season,
Brown no longer has to worry about
a quarterback controversy in South
Bend following the transfer of Everett
Golson and had the entire summer
to improve his timing with starting
quarterback Malik Zaire.
Stribling helped lead Butler to a state
championship and a No. 3 national ranking
as a senior in high school. A do-it-all player,
he picked up offers from around the country
and ultimately settled on Michigan. Appearing in eight games as a freshman, Stribling
recorded 16 tackles and a forced fumble.
Last season, Stribling did not see the field
as much in a crowded Wolverine secondary.
However, after a successful spring, the
former three-star recruit will get the op-
portunity to compete for one of the starting
cornerback positions this fall.
Wilds heads into his redshirt senior
season finally getting a chance as
“the guy.” Wilds entered his true-freshman season as the fifth-string
tailback after being recruited as a
three-star fullback. But following a
season-ending injury to Marcus Lat-timore, he finished the season with
486 rushing yards and 3 touchdowns.
After redshirting in 2012 with an
ankle injury, Wilds backed up Mike
Davis for two years. Last season,
Wilds rushed for 570 yards and averaged 5. 4 yards per carry. He will lead
a young South Carolina offense this
season with his willingness to take
what the defense gives him.
Bullard was ranked as the nation’s No. 12 overall recruit in
2012 and chose Florida over schools such as South Carolina,
Clemson and Alabama. Bullard earned Freshman All-SEC Honors
in 2012, posting 27 tackles in 13 games. After a decent sophomore year, he stepped up as a defensive leader in 2014. Bullard
ranked second among Florida defensive linemen with 52 tackles,
including 8. 5 for loss. Bullard will have one more year to improve
his draft stock and could put up big numbers this fall. As of now,
he is projected as a late first-round pick.
A three-star recruit out of high school, President redshirted in
2012 and only saw action in three games in 2013. As a redshirt
sophomore, however, President earned the starting job at defensive end just three games into the season. He registered 30
tackles, including 5 for loss, and a sack for a fairly young Tigers
defense. After missing much of the spring with nagging injuries,
President is healthy and ready to go. He will lead a young defense,
as the Tigers try to bounce back from a disappointing 2014 season, and should see his production increase as a full-time starter.
Barber was a three-star prospect in 2011, but quickly became
a productive player at the college level. He played well as a spot
starter his freshman and sophomore years before stepping up his
game as a junior in 2013. He recorded 14 tackles against Texas,
but tore his ACL late in the game and missed the rest of 2013 and
all of 2014. Back to 100 percent now, Barber will look to improve
on the 71 tackles he recorded in 2013 and provide senior leadership for the Mountaineers. Barber will enter his redshirt senior year
as a starting linebacker.
Davis is tied with Hakeem Nicks for
the most receiving touchdowns ( 26) in
school history. In 2012, the 6-foot- 4
receiver was a Freshman All-America
Honorable Mention, hauling in 61
passes for 776 yards and 5 touchdowns.
As a sophomore, Davis was the top
scoring threat for the Tar Heels with 10
receiving TDs and a 29-yard touchdown
pass. Last season, Davis’ numbers
dropped as he faced constant double
teams and he finished the season on a
cart after breaking his tibia against Rut-gers. The four-star recruit will be back
this fall as he looks to finish strong and
improve his draft stock.