There are freshman stars at several positions every season, but predicting them before the season starts is extremely difficult.
Some incoming freshmen will start simply because everyone on the two-deep lineup from the previous season graduated or moved on to the NFL. Others will start because they have too much talent to have them standing around on the sidelines.
Several of the freshmen in this slideshow will not earn starting jobs but will have more of an impact as role players than the other freshmen across the country.
Sometimes, being the top player at a certain position as an incoming freshman does not require that prospect to be the full-time starter, and in some cases, this allows them to make more big plays and stuff the stat sheets, because of teams overlooking them in preparation for the other talented veterans they are squaring off against.
This slideshow will predict the top incoming freshman at each position in 2012. The kicking and punting duties have been merged to one position, while there have been two positions given to wide receivers in this slideshow.