Utah football is at a critical juncture as the Utes try to break through into the upper echelons of the Pac-12. Make no mistake, if the Utes do break into the upper echelon of the Pac-12, they will be in the upper echelon of college football.

With the Utes facing arguably the toughest schedule in school history, everyone will have to do their part to contribute to team success, and of course, with team success come individual accolades. Fans expect their favorites to do well, but there are a number of players in the program with whom fans may not be familiar that are ready for a huge 2013.

This list breaks down 10 Utah football players poised to have a breakout season.

Dan Sorensen is the editor in chief of UteZone.com and a Deseret News contributor. He is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and Basketball Writers Association of America. He can be reached at dsorensen@utezone.com.