One of the reasons why the SEC has been able to claim the past seven national championships is the talented crop of freshmen that decides to call the South "home" year in and year out. As soon as one superstar running back or clutch quarterback leaves for the NFL draft, there is always a young star ready to replace him.
Just call it the SEC circle of life. As one class departs, another one enters. Unlike in most other conferences, however, each class is loaded with the pinnacle of the nation's best high school prospects.
This fall, some of the SEC's biggest powerhouses will need to rely on their new freshman classes in order to maintain their status as college football heavyweights. Others, meanwhile, are hoping their freshmen can carry them to the next tier of the conference food chain. In either case, some of the country's most talented youngsters will be asked to take the field and make an impact during their first year on campus.
Here are six SEC squads that are counting on a boost from their incoming freshmen.