10 Best College Football Freshman Performances in Week 6

Jake Martin@JakeMartinSECCorrespondent IIIOctober 7, 2012

10 Best College Football Freshman Performances in Week 6

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    College football's diaper dandies were rather quiet in Week 6.

    With players such as Todd Gurley and Keith Marshall rushing for less than 40 yards each against South Carolina, football's dominant freshmen didn't exactly show off this past weekend.

    But that doesn't mean all freshman sensations had unimpressive showings. As a matter of fact, a few freshman quarterbacks had spectacular games.

    So who stepped up and took the Georgia running backs' spot on this week's top-10 best freshman performances?

10. Kwon Alexander, LSU

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    Stats: 2 tackles (1 for loss), fumble recovery

    Kwon Alexander came to LSU as a highly touted linebacker, and in the first half against Florida, fans saw exactly why.

    Alexander showed quickness and tenacity as he ran sideline to sideline and tracked down Florida backs from behind.

    He was a huge helping hand in containing Florida and holding the Gators scoreless for the first two quarters. Unfortunately, though, he broke his ankle in the third quarter and is out for the season.

    The blow to the team was apparent, as Florida scored 14 points right after he left the game.

9. Corbin Berkstresser, Missouri

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    Stats: 9-of-30, 189 passing yards, 1 TD

    James Franklin just can't stay healthy this season for Missouri.

    Luckily, freshman backup Corbin Berkstresser was up to the challenge against Vanderbilt. Well, sort of.

    Berkstresser struggled to complete passes, but he did land a huge passing play against this defense.

    Berkstresser hit Bud Sasser for an 85-yard touchdown in the third quarter. However, it wasn't good enough to get Missouri a much-needed SEC win.

8. Will Hines, Arkansas

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    Stats: Interception

    Arkansas showed up at Auburn ready to play.

    Most notably, the Hogs' defense put the clamp down on the Tigers' offense and forced five turnovers in the Razorbacks' 24-7 victory.

    One of the players who forced one of those turnovers was freshman cornerback Will Hines.

    Hines had an interception, and honestly, it's about time this defense had something to cheer about.

7. Kelsey Young, Stanford

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    Stats: 1 rush, 55 yards, 1 TD

    Kelsey Young provided a huge spark for Stanford in its razor-thin victory against Arizona.

    In what became a seesaw affair, Stanford and Arizona traded leads back and forth for the duration of the game.

    Young only had one rushing attempt in the overtime victory, but he made that one rush count, indeed.

    Young broke free for a 55-yard touchdown to put Stanford up, 34-33, heading into the fourth quarter.

6. Johnathan Gray, Texas

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    Stats: 87 rushing yards

    Texas nearly rode Johnathan Gray to a victory against West Virginia.

    Gray was the workhorse in the Longhorns' 48-45 loss to the Mountaineers, and his effort in the loss is certainly commendable.

    A bulk of Gray's yardage came when he busted free for 49 yards on a single play against the West Virginia defense. The run was the longest of his young college career.

5. B.J. Catalon, TCU

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    Stats: 86 rushing yards

    For TCU fans who like to look at the glass half full, there's plenty to feel good about after the loss to Iowa State.

    First of all, this is Iowa State's thing. The Hawkeyes seem to always pull off upsets, and they were the team that knocked Oklahoma State out of the 2012 BCS national championship. Second of all, you can credit the loss to Casey Pachall's absence after being suspended.

    And another bright spot in the loss is the performance from freshman running back B.J. Catalon.

    The future looks bright with the rock in Catalon's hands.

4. Mike Evans, Texas A&M

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    Stats: 8 receptions, 105 receiving yards

    Mike Evans had an explosive game against the Ole Miss Rebels.

    Johnny Manziel connected with Evans eight times in the victory, and he was very influential in helping the Aggies power past the Rebels.

    In fact, Evans recorded his second career 100-yard game in a Texas A&M uniform.

    Get used to seeing Manziel to Evans, folks. We could be seeing it often for the next few years.

3. Aaron Burbridge, Michigan State

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    Stats: 8 receptions, 134 yards receiving

    Well, what do you know? Michigan State has receivers after all.

    Aaron Burbridge's performance came virtually out of nowhere, as he had 14 career yards entering the game against Indiana last Saturday.

    Talk about busting onto the scene.

2. Johnny Manziel, Texas A&M

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    Stats: 129 yards rushing, 191 yards passing, 2 total touchdowns

    Newsflash—Manziel's pretty good.

    Against Ole Miss, Manziel rushed for 129 yards, passed for 191 and had two total touchdowns. He did have two interceptions, though, but Manziel made up for it late.

    Though the Aggies were losing late in the fourth quarter, Manziel took control of the offense and threw a game-winning touchdown pass to Ryan Swope.

    Is there anything this kid can't do?

1. Marcus Mariota, Oregon

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    Stats: 198 yards passing, 4 touchdowns, 1 interception

    Though he's been overshadowed by De'Anthony Thomas and Kenjon Barner, Marcus Mariota is having a terrific year.

    After his performance against Washington last Saturday, it should be Mariota getting the headlines rather than his teammates.

    So far, Mariota has his team looking like a legit national-championship contender.