It seems like forever and a day after that last bowl game is played. We yearn for it. We go through withdrawal. Then spring practices tease us about it.
Then comes the summer, and the heat makes us so irritable that the only thing that gets us past the heat is that we know "it" is almost here.
That "it" is the college football season. We're soon getting our sport back, and this should be a great season. The players are the major reason why we love the sport, and the stars of tomorrow will be all over the country this season.
For this read, we're going to look at the super six true freshmen we just can't wait to see.
Humphries is on pace to get some extensive action at Florida as a true freshman. He could see time at LT and has the athleticism to be a freshman All-American.
At 6'6" and over 280 pounds, you could be looking at the next D'Brickashaw Ferguson, because Humphries is an outstanding athlete with great knee bend.
I can't wait to see how he does as a true freshman.
Gray is a future franchise back at Texas and may be the best high school football player in Texas history. He was super productive as a prep back, and the 5'11", 200-pounder is good enough to be a key contributor as a true freshman.
Possessing just about every tool needed to be an elite college RB, look for Gray to show off his complete skill set in Austin this season.
Diggs is an electrifying game-breaker with the ball in his hands, as he has plenty of football speed. He's a great athlete, and the 6'0", 185-pounder has a good amount of confidence in himself as a football player.
He shocked a lot of us by opting to go to Maryland over many higher-profile offers, but he has the talent to become Maryland's best weapon by the end of the season.
I'm very interested to see what type of season Diggs has in Year One with the Terps.
Collins' mother may not have wanted to him at Alabama, but the Crimson Tide did, and so did everyone else around the country. This guy is a baller and could be the best defensive freshman in the country.
A strong safety type, Collins is a 6'0", 210-pounder with a fantastic football IQ, instincts, speed, athleticism and hitting ability. The 'Bama scheme is complex, though there are growing feelings that Collins can grasp a part of the system and get on the field early.
We should see Collins playing some exciting football this fall.
Marshall was an early enrollee at UGA, so he's basically a redshirt freshman already. Isaiah Crowell is no longer with the Bulldogs, so that should ensure that Marshall gets carries as a true freshman.
At 5'11" and a bit over 200 pounds, Marshall has excellent speed and explosiveness and reminds me of LeSean McCoy. He lets his play do the talking, and with that I think Marshall will be running at the mouth this year in Athens.
DGB was the top prospect in the 2012 recruiting cycle and should crack the 2-deep in Missouri as a true freshman. He's 6'6" and 220 pounds and has great speed, athleticism, deceptive strength and leaping ability.
Some toss around names like Andre Johnson when seeking comparison, and with James Franklin at QB and the Tigers running a version of a spread scheme, DGB should catch more than a few balls this year.
It'll be great to see what Green-Beckham does this season as a true freshman.
Edwin Weathersby has worked in scouting/player personnel departments for three professional football teams, including the New York Giants, Cleveland Browns and the Las Vegas Gladiators of the Arena League.
He spent a year evaluating prep prospects and writing specific recruiting and scouting content articles for Student Sports Football (now ESPN Rise-HS).
A syndicated scout and writer, he's also contributed to WeAreSC.com, GatorBait.net and Diamonds in the Rough Inc., a College Football and NFL draft magazine.