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Who'll Fill These Shoes?
ZAC ELLIS
March 04, 2013
Many of the best players are off to the NFL. The group below will be among the toughest to replace
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March 04, 2013

Who'll Fill These Shoes?

Many of the best players are off to the NFL. The group below will be among the toughest to replace

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It's an annual cycle for college teams: The departure of big-name upperclassmen leaves glaring holes in key spots on the roster. Here's a look at a few of the guys who will be toughest to replace and who might step up. (For a more complete list, check out SI.com/mag.)

OKLAHOMA

Who's gone: 1. QB Landry Jones

Who's next: A four-year starter, Jones set a Big 12 record with 16,646 career passing yards. The leader to fill his shoes is Blake Bell, a rising redshirt junior who's short on game experience—he has yet to throw a touchdown pass—but has studied the offense for two years.

WISCONSIN

Who's gone: 2. RB Montee Ball

Who's next: Wisconsin loses the NCAA's career touchdown leader, but James White has the experience. As a junior last year he rushed for 806 yards and 12 touchdowns behind Ball, averaging 6.4 yards per carry—more than Ball did in any of his four seasons for the Badgers.

KANSAS STATE

Who's gone: 3. QB Collin Klein

Who's next: Rising redshirt sophomore Daniel Sams will get the first shot at replacing the Heisman finalist, but Sams has only thrown eight passes in his career. All eyes will be on junior college All-America Jake Waters, who led Iowa Western to a national title last season.

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