Lamar Jackson wasn’t on many casual fans’ radars entering 2016 until he went out and accounted for 13 touchdowns his first two games. Ed Oliver, Bo Scarbrough and a slew of first-year quarterbacks followed to highlight a full stable of breakout performers last season.

Who’s to follow this year? 

With the college football season just over a month away, keep your eyes on these budding stars who look to make a name for themselves in 2017.

Jerome Baker (LB) | Ohio State

2016 stats: 83 tackles, 3.5 sacks, 9.5 tackles for loss, two interceptions

Jerome Baker finished second in tackles and sacks for the 2016 Buckeyes but was largely overshadowed by bigger names like Raekwon McMillan and Malik Hooker on the defensive unit. That won’t be a problem this year, as Baker returns as one of the team’s most experienced and physically gifted players.

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Lining up at weakside linebacker, Baker is a tackling machine (28 combined tackles vs. Michigan and Wisconsin) as well as a dynamic playmaker (two fumble recoveries, two interceptions). He returned his first pick last year 68 yards for a touchdown against Oklahoma. He’s sure to get plenty more recognition this season.

Deon Cain (WR) | Clemson