The Alabama Crimson Tide and Notre Dame Fighting Irish have relied on underclassmen to help them achieve a spot in the BCS National Championship game, but neither team has used many freshmen.
When they have, the young guys have been very effective. There are five among the two teams that have great NFL potential, and after they finish this year in the title game in Miami, their stock will immediately begin to rise.
Taking a look back at the 2012 season, these five have provided for their teams when they needed it, and they have taken on responsibilities that most freshmen would crumble under. They could play major roles in the title game and are among the elite on their rosters, being full of NFL talent.