Let’s take an early look at some of the True Freshmen that have a great shot to get on the field early within a Power 5 conference. Most of the listed players will not start off the season as the starter, however they are likely to get in the mix early in the 2018 season and may finish the year as the starter.
- Adrian Martinez (Nebraska) – A dual threat QB, Martinez will be great under Scott Frost because he’s perfect for the system. He actually has a solid shot at starting game 1.
- Alan Bowman (Texas Tech) – Locked in a QB battle with two competitors but he’s been talked up quite a bit already by HC Kingsbury.
- Cammon Cooper (Washington State) – The top two QB’s from last season are no longer with the program, Cooper could be the starter by season’s end.
- JT Daniels (USC) – USC will not declare a starter until Daniels has a chance to enter the competition in fall practice.
- Emory Jones (Florida) – Jones is the only dual threat QB on the roster with a unique athletic ability. He’ll at least be part of the game plan early.
- Dorian Thompson-Robinson (UCLA) – Chip Kelly’s first QB recruit is the best-suited player on the roster to run his system.
- Lorenzo Lingard (Miami) – Homer is the starter for Miami and poised to have a good year but Mark Richt has a solid history playing multiple RB’s. Lingard has a great shot to get early touches and is the complete package.
- TJ Pledger (Oklahoma) – Oklahoma lost a lot of production behind starter Rodney Anderson. Pledger will have a chance to earn early carries. Anderson has a history of injuries which adds to Pledger’s potential opportunity.
- Ricky Person (NC State) – The 4 star All-Purpose RB was rated top 5 for his position by Rivals and 247, he’ll be on the field early for the Wolfpack.
- Ricky Slade (Penn State) – Former 5 star Miles Sanders finally gets the starting role for Penn State in 2018 and there are a couple veterans behind him, however it will be tough to keep the ultra talented Slade off the field.
- Zamir White/James Cook (Georgia) – Both White and Cook will see the field in 2018 and possibly one of them will take over as the primary backup.
- Asa Martin (Auburn) – Martin is a complete RB and Auburn is looking to replace a lot of production that left for the NFL. Auburn has a very RB-friendly offense.
- Maurice Washington (Nebraska) – The Nebraska backfield has a lot of questions beginning with the health of presumed starter Tre Bryant. Washington showcased his abilities rushing and catching as he won the MVP at the Under Armour All-American game.
- Derion Kendrick (Clemson) – The Clemson stud recruit has already drawn comparisons to Sammy Watkins for his “extra gear” and will get on the field early in one of the outside positions.
- Terrace Marshall (LSU) – Marshall seems to be a sure-fire starter by the end of the year and if LSU is able to just be decent passing the ball, he should have a nice freshman season.
- Warren Thompson (FSU) – FSU has room for a freshman to contribute, especially a big target like Thompson.
- Justin Shorter (Penn State) – The 6’4 wideout has a load of talent and has already made public his intentions to start as a freshman.
- Amon-Ra St. Brown (USC) – The 5 star California product and high school teammate of the aforementioned USC QB JT Daniels has a load of talent, add the rapport with the potential starting QB and he should see the field early but isn’t likely to start due to the returning WR’s.
- Brennan Eagles (Texas) – With Eagles’ 6’3 size and elite speed, it would be easy to see him thrown a few deep balls early in the season. He could be able to climb the depth chart despite Texas returning the bulk of their 2017 production.
- Bryan Addison (UCLA) – WR is not typically a huge fantasy producer in a Chip Kelly offense, but Addison has a good shot to see the field early.