Though it’s far-fetched to think another freshman will win the Heisman in 2013, Johnny Manziel’s meteoric rise in 2012 has to make the question of which first-year players will leave an indelible mark on college football all the more intriguing.
Yes, who will be the 2013 version of Fresno State’s WR Davante Adams (finished 2012 ranked as the No. 9 WR in the FBS), TCU’s DL Devonte Fields (finished last season tied for No. 15 in tackles for a loss with 18.5), Tulane’s DB Lorenzo Doss (finished 2012 tied for No. 11 nationally in INTs with five), Miami (Fla.)’s RB Duke Johnson (finished last season ranked No. 11 in all-purpose yards with 2,060) or San Jose State’s K Austin Lopez (17-for-17 on FG attempts in 2012, tying him for the No. 1 slot nationally)?
All these guys were freshmen who made an immediate and positive impact on their respective teams in 2012.
The following slideshow boldly goes where no other slideshow has gone (well, kind of) and pinpoints 25 incoming freshman players who have the potential to make a name for themselves in 2013.
Importantly, this is not just a list of which true freshmen enter into the collegiate ranks with loads of talent; instead, this is an inventory of guys that have skills and are coming into a situation where they are needed, immediately.
It’s the place where talent meets necessity, a formula which equals opportunity and perhaps glory.