15 College Football Freshmen Who Are the Real Deal

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15 College Football Freshmen Who Are the Real Deal
Nelson Chenault-USA TODAY Sports

These days, college football players seem to be making an impact for their respective teams earlier and earlier in their careers.

Case in point: Last season, the Heisman Trophy was awarded to a redshirt freshman for the first time in the sport's history, when Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel was honored as the nation's top college football player.

A certain redshirt freshman quarterback down in Tallahassee is trying to repeat the feat this year.

But Jameis Winston isn't the only stud rookie blossoming on your television screen Saturday afternoons. The future is flying around, making plays in the present at a football field near you.

From an unprecedented crop of freshman defensive backs to a stable of first-year offensive skill players making their marks, it's a strong year for freshmen. That's especially true in the ACC, where there is an impressive youth movement.

Some of these star freshmen have been stalwarts through the season's six weeks; some are just now emerging to make their mark.

All are the real deal.

Let's take a look at some top talent.

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