[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]Incoming freshman are always a hot topic in the college football world. Everyone is trying to decide who the next big time player will be to help your fantasy team take it to the next level and win that coveted championship. With so many different types of leagues out there, (Dynasty, Keeper, Standard) we all value these young guys differently. We have decided to come up with a list of a 10 freshman we feel could make an impact this season.[/vc_column_text][info_list font_size_icon=”24″][info_list_item list_title=”10. QB Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama)”]Everyone knows that Alabama does return sophomore Jalen Hurts at quarterback this season. Hurts had a decent season last year but found it hard to be consistent and ended up depending on his legs down the stretch. Hurts is one injury away from Tagovailoa stepping into a starting role. If you watched the spring game then you know what kind of arm talent this kid has and after that spring game, many people started asking about a quarterback competition in Alabama. Saban has said that Hurts will start the season, but a loss or two early in the season could see fans calling for a change at the position.[/info_list_item][info_list_item list_title=”9. QB Hunter Johnson (Clemson)”]Life without Deshaun Watson officially starts in Death Valley this season. Hunter Johnson sets foot on campus with a chance to push for playing time as a true freshman. Johnson will have to beat out junior Kelly Bryant to get that chance who is believed to be the #1 option headed into the fall. Like Tagovaila, Johnson might not get the nod during the first game of the season, but he will get a chance early this season to show his potential and earn that spot under center.[/info_list_item][info_list_item list_title=”8. RB Stephen Carr (USC)”]Carr heads to USC who already has a talented back in junior Ronald Jones on the roster leading the way this season. Carr brings a skill set to USC that should be to much to keep off the field even early in the season and should be the back-up to Jones. Jones has the power to run between the tackles and enough speed to make you pay when he bounces outside. The competition will be fierce at USC this fall but look for Carr to make a case for the back-up role once fall practice begins.

[/info_list_item][info_list_item list_title=”7. RB Cordarrian Richardson (UCF)”]The UCF Knights landed an absolutely huge running back this past recruiting season. Richardson comes into UCF listed at 6’ and 240 pounds. With UCF’s running game being so down the last couple years one has to believe that Richardson will see touches early and often if he can prove that he has picked up the offense. The worst case scenario for Richardson is that he gets the goal line work early until he proves himself in pass protection. Once he shows he can pick up blitzes, Richardson should be an every down back for the Knights.[/info_list_item][info_list_item list_title=”6. WR Tyjon Lindsey (Nebraska)”]Lindsey was ranked in the Rivals 100 last season and committed to Nebraska to play wide receiver. Nebraska is replacing 3 of their top 4 from a season ago so Lindsey should get to find himself in the rotation this fall. Lindsey is a bit small at the position at 5’ 9” and 175 pounds, however, playing in the slot and matched up with a linebacker or safety fits him perfectly. Lindsey is a good route runner and has good hands which will help him see the field this season.[/info_list_item][info_list_item list_title=”5. WR Tee Higgins (Clemson)”]Clemson lost Mike Williams, Jordan Leggett, and Artavis Scott to the NFL this past year and are looking to replace a lot of production at the position. Deon Cain is looked at to be the leader at the position and Hunter Renfrow returns after scoring the game winning touchdown in the National Championship game last season. Higgins brings in size that will be missed at the position this season standing 6’ 4” and weighing 190 pounds. Clemson will have a new look offense this season with a new quarterback under center so we will all have to wait and see how that works out. However, Higgins should be in the receiver rotation this fall and get opportunities to make a name for himself.[/info_list_item][info_list_item list_title=”4. WR Joseph Lewis (USC)”]Lewis is Phil Steele’s number 2 ranked receiver coming out of high school and has him in the starting rotation. We could not agree more with this thinking. Lewis who stands at 6’ 2” and weighs over 200 pounds has the size and body to make an early impact at the position. USC has been known for producing high profile receivers in the past and with their top 2 receivers turning pro this past season, Darnold will be looking for a new go to guy. Lewis has all the tools to be Darnold’s next favorite target.[/info_list_item][info_list_item list_title=”3. WR Jerry Jeudy (Alabama)”]Jeudy was not listed as the top receiver coming out of high school but was coveted by many of the big names in the college football world. Alabama’s depth chart was inviting for many at the position and Jeudy looks to take full advantage of it. Jeudy was named the MVP for Alabama’s spring game where he caught 5 balls for 134 yards and 2 touchdowns. Anytime you are winning 50/50 balls over Alabama’s defensive backs is a good sign that your body control and physicality level is college ready. There are some big names returning at the position this season like Calvin Ridley and Robert Foster, but Jeudy could have a better season than both of those once it is all said and done.[/info_list_item][info_list_item list_title=”2. WR Donovan Peoples-Jones (Michigan)”]Michigan is replacing what seems like everyone from a 10 win season last year including its top 3 receivers. The leading receiver returning had 13 catches last season so the door is wide open for Peoples-Jones to snag a starting spot when the season opens against the Gators in Texas. Peoples-Jones enrolled early and was on the field a lot during the spring game. It was evident that the chemistry was not there yet between Speight and the young receivers but that is what the summer is for. The fact is that Peoples-Jones will be on the field and have a chance to make an impact early and often is very intriguing.[/info_list_item][info_list_item list_title=”1. RB Cam Akers (FSU)”]Almost everywhere you look this offseason you will see Cam Akers at the top of every list to be the top freshman this season. With lead back Dalvin Cook headed to the NFL, Akers will have the opportunity to see the field from game one. Jacques Patrick will be the starter come Sept. 2nd versus Alabama but Akers will see significant work from day 1. Akers led all running backs in the spring game with 87 yards on 8 carries in the spring game and 102 all purpose yards showing his playmaking ability out of the backfield. Fisher has proven not to be scared to play freshman as Dalvin Cook took over the running back job mid-way thru his freshman season. The same could happen to this season as Akers continues to get comfortable at the college lever.

 

 

Just missed the cut.

 

WR Trevon Grimes – Ohio State

WR Tarik Black – Michigan

QB Jake Fromm – Georgia

RB Najee Harris – Alabama

RB JK Dobbins – Ohio State

QB N’Kosi Perry – Miami

QB Sam Ehlinger – Texas

QB Kellen Mond – Texas A&M

RB AJ Dillon – Boston College

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