It takes a special breed of player to join the best conference in college football and have an immediate impact.
That's exactly what players like T.J. Yeldon, Todd Gurley and Jalen Mills have been able to do in the SEC this year.
Other notable prospects have proved that it is truly an enduring challenge. Players such as the No. 1 recruit out of high school, Dorial Green-Beckham, have yet to hit their stride in college football's most demanding conference.
Keeping that in mind, based on both potential and their early-season production, these are the top SEC freshmen of 2012.