GENO SMITH, SR., WEST VIRGINIA, QB
Smith earned preseason All-Big 12 honors before he or his Mountaineer teammates have played a game in their new conference. His mechanics aren't perfect; still, Smith's seven-touchdown performance in last year's Orange Bowl was the cherry on top of a special 2011 season.
TYLER WILSON, SR., ARKANSAS, QB
Wilson threw for 3,638 yards and 24 touchdowns with just six interceptions in 2011. To really establish himself as a serious contender, Wilson will need to perform well against division powerhouses Alabama and LSU, and Arkansas probably needs to beat one or both of them.
FIVE MORE TO WATCH
* Landry Jones, Sr., Oklahoma, QB; Collin Klein, Sr., Kansas State, QB; Marcus Lattimore, Jr., South Carolina, RB; Aaron Murray, Jr., Georgia, QB; De'Anthony Thomas, So., Oregon, RB.