Top 10 Impact College Football Freshmen in 2014 Season
Impact College Football Freshmen
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Here are 10 college football freshmen who will have an immediate impact this season. Younger players are quickly taking over the sport and it’s important that you know who the best are, because there’s a good chance they can determine how your bets turn out.
Anyway, here are freshman who will see the field a ton in 2014.
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Leonard Fournette, RB, LSU Tigers - Leonard Fournette is one of the best young running backs I have ever seen and he’s sure to get a ton of carries for LSU this season. Fournette has speed, size, strength, can catch and is an above-average blocker. There’s nothing Fournette can’t do and he’ll certainly do his part in keeping the LSU Tigers in contention for the SEC crown.
Mackensie Alexander, CB, Clemson Tigers - Mackensie Alexander was going to see playing time last season but an injury prevented that from happening. With Clemson needing help at cornerback, Alexander is likely going to be starting games for the Tigers this season. Alexander has great speed and instincts that make him a defensive difference maker when healthy.
Jabrill Peppers, CB, Michigan Wolverines – Another freshman cornerback who is sure to see the field is Jabrill Peppers, who can play just about anywhere in the secondary. Peppers is a ridciolous athlete who flies to the football and has the potential to be a shutdown corner once he gets his feet wet at the collegiate level. Peppers easily makes the Wolverines defense better.
Matthew Thomas, LB, Florida State Seminoles - Matthew Thomas saw playing time last season but a quick shoulder injury sidelined him for much of the season. Thomas is a terrific athlete and a freak pass rusher, but his best trait is his versatility, as he can line up just about anywhere on the field. Florida State will find ways to get Thomas on the field early and often this season.
Tony Brown, CB, Alabama Crimson Tide – Alabama has open spots at both cornerback positions and there’s a good chance Tony Brown will secure one of them before the season begins. Brown is a terrific man-to-man corner and will be even better once Nick Saban and his staff teach him a few things. What did you expect? Alabama doesn’t rebuild, it simply replaces.
Joe Mixon, RB, Oklahoma Sooners – Assuming Joe Mixon is cleared from his off-the-field issues and allowed to return to the team, he’ll have a monster impact for the Sooners. Mixon is a flashy runner who can get to top speed in a hurry and has a nose for the end zone. Oklahoma has always been a team that likes to win in the trenches and Mixon could help continue the tradition. Unfortunately, his career hasn’t gotten off to the best of starts.
Jalen Tabor, CB, Florida Gators – Jalen Tabor is likely going to start on the opposite side of Vernon Hargreaves III, who is probably the best corner in college football. Tabor is a lengthy and long player who loves to get physical with the opposing receiver and really drive him nuts. Tabor fits what the Gators are trying to do defensively and it shouldn’t be long before he becomes well known around the SEC.
Speedy Noil, WR, Texas A&M Aggies - Speedy Noil isn’t the biggest receiver in the world at 5’10” but good luck catching the kid. Noil is one of the faster freshmen in college football and provides Texas A&M with a variety of ways they can use his skill set. The Aggies may not have Johnny Manziel anymore but a player like Noil is going to help them remain explosive on offense.
Raekwon McMillan, LB, Ohio State Buckeyes - Raekwon McMillan is going to see the field often for Ohio State and may even start if he continues playing well in camp. McMillan has terrific instincts and is a physical player who only knows how to play the game at one speed. McMillan is a physical player and will certainly add some toughness to a Buckeyes’ defense that was soft at times last season.
Marcus Ball, S, Arizona State Sun Devils – Marcus Ball is likely going to start for Arizona State this season at free safety. Ball is an athletic player who can roam the field freely and is one of the surest tacklers you’re going to find at the freshman level. Arizona State has a chance to do some big things this season and Ball is a big piece to that puzzle.