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Top 10 College Football Freshman Performances of Week 5

Jake MartinCorrespondent IIIFebruary 27, 2016

Top 10 College Football Freshman Performances of Week 5

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    Watching freshmen light up the stat sheets really is exciting because you know you'll watch it for years to come.

    Players such as Georgia's Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall have lit up those stat sheets all season long, and in a pivotal SEC East matchup against Tennessee, they did the same.

    But were their performances the best of the week by both true and red-shirt freshmen?

    Take a peak inside and see for yourself.

10. Trey Williams

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    Stats: 33 rushing yards, 20 receiving yards and 1 rush touchdown

    Trey Williams' numbers against Arkansas were modest.

    He rushed for 33 yards on four carries, but he was able to score his second career rushing touchdown against the Hogs.

    While Williams' numbers don't exactly jump out of the screen at you, scoring rushing touchdowns as a true freshman is a stat worth mentioning.

9. Jalen Mills

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    Stats: 6 Tackles, 1 pass deflection

    It's not about what numbers Jalen Mills produced, it's about what numbers he prevented.

    Mills is a lockdown cornerback that continues to play at a high level each and every week.

    Against Towson, Mills played incredible once again. He blanketed any receiver he covered, and he's building up quite an impressive resume in his freshman season.

    He almost had an incredible interception, which would have been his third of the year, but he was unable to reel in the acrobatic catch.

8. Dorial Green-Beckham

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    Stats: 1 reception, 80 yards and 1 touchdown

    Well, hey there, Dorial Green-Beckham; we knew you'd show up soon enough.

    The most heavily recruited athlete coming out of high school finally put his stamp on the college football world with his first career touchdown.

    And what a touchdown reception it was.

    Green-Beckham had an 80-yard touchdown reception in Missouri's 21-16 win against UCF, and fans got to see exactly what's been expected of this heavily-touted athlete.

7. Taysom Hill

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    Stats: 255 total yards, 3 total touchdowns

    Taysom Hill turned in a phenomenal performance against Hawaii.

    The freshman quarterback totaled 255 yards and three touchdowns in the victory, including 143 rushing yards.

    Simply put, Hawaii didn't know how to stop him.

    Hill led his team to a 47-0 victory against Hawaii.

6. Denzel Nkemdiche

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    Stats: 11 tackles, 2 forced fumbles

    Denzel Nkemdiche may be small, but this guy can fly.

    Though Ole Miss was playing the best team in the country, Alabama, Nkemdiche was all over the place making plays on this defense.

    In fact, he turned in his best performance of his collegiate career against the Crimson Tide.

5. Jamaal Williams

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    Stats: 185 total yards and 2 touchdowns

    Hill wasn't the only BYU freshman to break onto the scene last Saturday.

    Oh no. Jamaal Williams had his coming out party against Hawaii also.

    Hill and Williams will be quite a formidable one-two punch for years to come.

4. Amari Cooper

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    Stats: 84 receiving yards and 2 touchdowns

    Amari Cooper has elevated himself as the Crimson Tide's No. 1 receiver.

    He and AJ McCarron have a chemistry unlike any other on this Alabama team, and it's quite evident on game day.

    Get used to seeing McCarron to Cooper because it looks like Alabama's going to be showing this feature for years to come.

3. Todd Gurley

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    Stats: 130 rushing yards, 3 touchdowns

    Todd Gurley is usually the most impressive freshman of the week, but Week 5 is an exception.

    That doesn't mean Gurley didn't have a great game though.

    That couldn't be farther from the truth. Gurley rushed for 130 yards and had three touchdowns to help lead the Bulldogs to victory against Tennessee.

    What's even more impressive is that after five games of action, Gurley is still averaging 8.2 yards per carry.

2. Keith Marshall

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    Stats: 164 rushing yards, 2 touchdowns

    The other Georgia diaper dandy stole the show Saturday.

    Keith Marshall went off against Tennessee, as he averaged 16.4 yards per carry.

    Honestly, these types of games have come to be expected out of Georgia's freshman running backs.

    Quite frankly, it's not fair that Georgia can lose a stellar running back like Isaiah Crowell and replace him with two running backs who are even better.

1. Johnny Manziel

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    Stats: 453 passing yards, 104 rushing yards and 4 total touchdowns

    Arkansas' defense was so bad against Texas A&M, they made Johnny Manziel look like Cam Newton.

    Though that may be true, you can't help but give Manziel credit for his record-setting day.

    With his elusive demeanor and strong arm, Manziel plays years above his youth.

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