When fall practice begins in just a few short weeks, the official beginning of the 2013 college football season will be just around the corner. Fall practice is generally where freshmen make their mark and stake their claim for playing time in their first season on campus.
The Virginia Tech Hokies are coming off their worst season in 20 years. Finding a true freshman contributor this season may be more likely than in past years. The Hokies usually redshirt most of their freshmen class, and those who dress are more than likely not starters.
Running back J.C. Coleman was the Hokies' top freshman in 2012. Coleman was the team's top running back and big-play guy. He returns as the likely starter at tailback in 2013.
Who, like Coleman, could make a big impact on the Hokies' roster in 2013? Safety Holland Fisher likely would have dressed this season, but his inability to qualify opened the door for several talented Hokie newcomers in the defensive backfield.
Here are four freshmen who will shine in fall practice.