Xavier Thomas named the No.1 sophomore breakout player


Fans got a taste of the ferocity Thomas brings to the pass rush last season when the freshman had his share of big plays in a backup role, including nearly decapitating Syracuse quarterback Eric Dungey to secure a victory. But now that the stars of Clemson's defensive line are off to the NFL, it's Thomas' time to shine, and he's likely to blossom into a superstar. -- David M. Hale