College football is full of surprises. One week, the national favorite is going down in flames, the next minute...well, the new favorite is crumbling under pressure. Fans expect to see their most experienced athletes vie for trophies and championships.
Then, something happens. Players who haven't been thought about much since February create opportunities for themselves. Amari Cooper (Alabama), Todd Gurley (Georgia), Devonte Fields (TCU) and Duke Johnson (Miami Hurricanes) are just four players who immediately come to mind as impact freshmen from the class of 2012.
This season, there are a ton of potential stars flooding the ranks of college football. From Oregon to Florida, here are 25 freshmen to keep an eye on. They'll make a headline or two before the season is over.
This list is presented in alphabetical order by last name.