15 Top Freshman of 2010 College Football (Offensive Skilled Positions)
Incoming Freshmen or Red Shirted Freshmen
Every year college football is replenished with new talent coming either with incoming freshmen or red shirted freshmen who sat out there first year. Some are very high touted freshmen that live up to the billing and some don't pan out there first year. Like Alabama's wide out Julio Jones was a very high touted recruit in 2008. Jones came in and started from day one helping Bama to (12-0) regular season record before losing to Florida in the 2008 SEC Championship Game. Another very highly touted freshmen was Florida's quarterback Tim Tebow, who did not start his freshmen season but did contribute alot as a backup to Chris Leak helping the Gators to the 2006 BCS Title Game win over Ohio State. Adrian Peterson came in and started from the jump at Oklahoma as a freshmen in 2006. But some freshmen have trouble transitioning from high school to college in there first year like Clemson's Da'Quan Bowers who was a very highly touted freshmen coming in, but had a slow start to his freshmen season before coming on strong the next two years.
I have picked 15 freshmen of this 2010 college football season that played major roles in there teams success. These players are either true freshmen or red shirted freshmen that came in and started from day one or were major contributors to there teams.
Impact Offensive Freshmen Players
15 Best Offensive Skilled Freshmen
1) RB Marcus Lattimore FR (South Carolina) - Led South Carolina in rushing helping the Gamecocks to there first SEC East title. The true freshmen finished the year (249att 1197yds 17td/ 29rec 412yds 2td) averaging 4.8 yards per carry.
2) RB Michael Dyer FR (Auburn) - The true freshmen finished second in rushing behind Heisman Trophy winner Cameron Newton averaging 6 yards a carry and breaking Bo Jackson's freshmen rushing record. Dyer also played a major role in Auburn winning the BCS Title Game winning the offensive player of the game award. He finished the year with 1093yds on 182att and 5td's.
3) QB Aaron Murray rFR (Georgia) - The Bulldogs had a disappointing season ending the year with loss to Central Florida in the Liberty Bowl 10-6. But Murray really showed some promise completing 61% of his passes finishing 209 of 342 passing for 3049yds and 24td and 8int and 87att 167yds 4td.
4) QB Taylor Martinez rFR (Nebraska) - Martinez started on a tear his first seven games but due to a ankle injury struggled through end of the season. But he finished the season completing 116 of 196 passing for 1631yds 10td and 7int and 162att 965yds and 12td.
5) RB Ronnie Hillman FR (San Diego State) - Hillman was a workhorse for the Aztecs helping them to a (9-5) record and win over Navy in the Poinsetta Bowl. Hillman finished his freshmen year with 1532 yards on 262 carries with 17 touchdowns and 9 receptions for 68 yards and one touchdown.
Here are the rest of the top freshmen of 2010 college football season and there stats for the year.
6) WR Robert Woods FR (USC) - 65rec 792yds 6td/ 6att 50yds
7) WR Kenny Stills FR (Oklahoma) - 61rec 786yds 5td
8) TE Ted Bolser FR (Indiana) - 78rec 832yds 4td
9) RB James White FR (Wisconsin) - 156att 1052yds 14td/ 11rec 88yds
10) QB Jeff Godfrey FR (Central Florida) - 159-238 2159yds 13td 8int/ 152att 566yds 10td
11) WR Marquess Wilson FR (Washington State) - 55rec 1006yds 6td
12) QB Danny O'Brien rFR (Maryland) - 192-337 2438yds 22td 8int
13) QB Corey Robinson rFR (Troy) - 321-505 3726yds 28td 15int
14) RB Lamar Miller rFR (Miami,Fl) - 108att 646yds 6td/ 11rec 96yds
15) WR Rishard Matthews FR (Nevada) - 56rec 879yds 5td/ 5att 76yds 2td