College Football: Five Freshman Expected To Make an Impact in 2009

Ryan JelleyAnalyst IFebruary 22, 2009

With freshmen being more prepared earlier on their career's and high school recruiting more publicized then ever, there are some that will be expected to contribute right away. These are the top-five that will be expected to help out this upcoming season.


1. OT D.J. Fluker (Alabama)

With All-American Andre Smith departing for the draft the tackle spot on the Crimson Tide's line is left vacant. The five-star 6'7" 350-pound tackle appears to be the heir to the position.

Fluker was ranked as the the number one offensive-lineman in the nation and third best overall player. Fluker dominated the competition at the Army All-American bowl and looks to be ready to play immediately.


2. WR Andre Debose (Florida)

The departure of Percy Harvin should hurt the Gators some but Debose could take away some of the sting. The 6'0" 170-pound Florida-native was ranked as the No. 2 wide receiver in the nation. Debose runs a 4.43 40-yard dash, and played QB, RB, and WR in high school.


3. QBs Tate Forcier/Denard Robinson (Michigan)

With the transfer of Steven Threet it appears that one of the Wolverines' two freshmen quarterbacks will be taking the helm come September.

Forcier is thought to be the early leader as he has been on campus since early January and the better passer of the two. He was ranked as the most accurate QB in his class. Whoever starts is not really an issue as the two will definitely split time.


4. QB Aaron Murray (Georgia)

Matthew Stafford is headed off to the draft and a likely top-10 pick. Who is going to take his spot? Many feel Aaron Murray is the man to take the job.

Murray received more scholarship offers than any other QB in the 2009 class and despite a broken leg early in his season, he still managed to lead his team to a Florida state championship.


5. QB Tahj Boyd (Clemson)

There will be someone new lining up under center next year for Clemson but the question is who? The Tigers have no one very experienced and Boyd became one of the most publicized prospects in the nation after his Army All-American performance.

Boyd was ranked as the 51st best player in the nation and fourth best pro-style quarter back after throwing for over 2,000 yards in his junior season.


Will these freshmen live up to their hype? Only time will tell.