Here’s the final edition of this year’s Freshman of Influence. Over the course of the season we compiled 62 true and redshirt freshman. Our criteria was pretty simple…find freshman players making an impact on a weekly basis that had multi-sport athletic backgrounds in high school. Our criteria did sort of limit the number of quarterbacks and offensive linemen we could choose because there are not a lot of freshman that receive playing time at those positions.
Regardless I was impressed by the number freshman with multi-sport backgrounds. It indicates to me that most high school players SHOULD be participating in other sports. Coaches and parents that preach sports specialization and believe in the ‘focus on football only mentality’ might want to take a look at this list and rethink this one.
Freshman of Influence blogs include detailed breakdowns on 62 players: 20 running backs, 10 wide receivers, 10 defensive backs, 9 linebackers, 8 defensive linemen, 4 quarterbacks, 1 offensive lineman.
(Click on icon to link to each week of Freshman of Influence blog and complete player data)
Featured Pittsburgh’s star running back Dion Lewis and Florida State’s exciting cornerback / return man Greg Reid.
This week highlighted Virginia Tech’s great back, Ryan Williams and Georgia’s all-purpose threat Branden Smith.
This week included two linebackers, Virginia’s Steve Greer and Walter Stewart of Cincinnati.
Highlights perhaps the most exciting freshman quarterback in USF’s B.J. Daniels.
Two wide receivers are mentioned which will be heard from a ton in future seasons…Rutger’s Mohamed Sanu (he’s also part quarterback and running back too) and Chad Bumphis of Mississippi State.
Temple’s dominant running back, Bernard Pierce, and Michigan State D-Tackle, Jerel Worthy are detailed.
Three D-Tackles this week and TCU’s running back, Ed Wesley.
This week the only freshman to intercept Tim Tebow not once but twice! That would be Mississippi State’s Johnthan Banks. Also this year’s only freshman O-Lineman…Texas Tech’s LaAdrian Waddle.
Wisconsin’s tackling-machine, Chris Borland and Tennessee’s surprise starter in the secondary Janzen Jackson…this week.
Warren Norman, Vanderbilt back and SEC Offensive Freshman of the Year, tops this week’s review.
Combine weekly review includes two kick returners Jesse Grandy (Mississippi) and Al-terek McBurse (Purdue) and intriguing Troy linebacker, Kanorris Davis.