Only a select few athletes have the necessary abilities to take a collegiate sport by storm during their very first season as a competitor.
Indeed, when an individual can make a significant mark as a freshman on a talent-stacked sport such as college football, they are bound to be remembered for decades to come.
The following slideshow identifies and then power ranks (for your pleasure) 25 of the greatest freshman seasons in college football.
The task itself is daunting and though our list is chock full of greatness, it’s difficult to be completely comprehensive when plucking a mere 25 fantastic frosh from 143 years of football history.
You might notice that the list has a modern feel to it and if so, it’s important to keep in mind that freshman eligibility in college football was not fully restored in college football until 1972.
Before then, college football flip flopped on the issue of freshman eligibility due to a wide array of circumstances, most notably two World Wars and the conflict in Korea, which dramatically drained the pool of available upperclassmen who now had a war to fight.
Fewer freshmen are included on our list because, very simply, freshmen were less likely to be allowed to start, and therefore flourish before 1972.