Top 10 Freshman Performances from Week 10
The new guys continue to shine!
These are no longer the days when guys fresh out of high school weren't allowed to suit up and play as first-year players. Now, freshmen are often some of the best players on the team. In Week 10, there were some incredible performances from the kids that helped their teams win.
There was one running back who scored a game-winner, a quarterback who shattered a school record and a defensive player who forced two turnovers that led to back-to-back offensive touchdowns.
10. Davis Webb, QB, Texas Tech
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Davis Webb continues to put up video game numbers in Texas Tech's offense, and the contest against Oklahoma State was no different.
The freshman signal-caller completed 45 passes for 425 yards and two touchdowns. Although he did throw two interceptions, he kept the Red Raiders in the game before the Cowboys pulled away late. His passing-yard total was the second most in Week 10, as only Fresno State's Derek Carr had more (487).
Webb has now thrown for 2,237 yards this season.
9. Scooby Wright, LB, Arizona
Scooby Wright had the game against Cal circled on his calendar for quite some time, per Daniel Berk of the Arizona Daily Star.
“I grew up kinda not liking Cal,” Wright said laughing. “I don’t really know why, but I just never did.”
He played like it in a 33-28 win over Cal, as the freshman linebacker led the way with 11 tackles and three tackles for loss. Wright was all over the field and seemed to hit just about anything that moved.
Surprisingly, Wright now leads the team with 60 tackles on the season.
8. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State
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Jameis Winston proved that he is human by throwing two interceptions. He also threw for only one touchdown, which is the fewest in a game in his young playing career.
But while some could say he had an off game, he still completed 72.4 percent of his passes and threw for 325 yards. His passing-yard total was the 11th-highest total of any other quarterback in Week 10. If that wasn't enough, it's also worth noting that he was once again the leader in a big game, as he addressed the team before the in-state rivalry.
Even when Winston struggles, he still looks good.
7. Jarrod Lawson, RB, San Jose State
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What in the world has gotten into Jarrod Lawson?
San Jose State is supposed to be one of the worst rushing teams in college football, but the freshman must have not gotten the memo. In a 34-24 win against UNLV, Lawson carried the ball 28 times for 187 yards and a touchdown. He has now rushed for more than 300 yards in the last two games and looks to receive even more carries in the final four games.
Lawson is now averaging 5.8 yards per carry on the season.
6. Jayron Kearse, S, Clemson
Jayron Kearse isn't much of a tackler, but he does know how to make the big play for Clemson. In a 59-10 win over Virginia, the son of former All-American Jevon Kearse forced a fumble and came away with his third interception of the season.
Both turnovers came on back-to-back possessions in the second quarter and allowed the Tigers to score two touchdowns.
Clemson's offense gets a lot of praise, but the defense clearly has a lot of playmakers who also deserve some shine. Kearse is one of them.
5. Tyler Boyd, WR, Pittsburgh
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Tyler Boyd is one of the more underrated freshmen in the entire country. That's probably because he plays for mediocre 4-4 Pittsburgh.
But with that said, his 11 receptions, 118 yards and one touchdown in a loss to Georgia Tech may have been his best performance yet. That's certainly saying something considering he already had thee 100-yard performances heading into this matchup.
Boyd is a special talent and appears to be getting better as the season carries on.
4. Joshua Stanford, WR, Virginia Tech
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I'm not sure where this performance came from, but Joshua Stanford had by far the best game of his career in a loss to Boston College. After having only one game of more than 50 receiving yards this season, the freshman caught six passes for 171 yards.
He averaged 28.5 yards per reception and had the big play on a 69-yard catch.
Stanford still has yet to score a touchdown in his career, but this breakout game did give Virginia Tech a chance to avoid the shocking upset.
3. Darell Garretson, QB, Utah State
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It's always tough to replace a star quarterback, but freshman Darell Garretson has done a solid job in doing just that.
In just his third game replacing Chuckie Keeton, Garretson completed 28 passes for 370 yards and three touchdowns in Utah State's 47-10 win over Hawaii. The passing yards is a new school record for a first-year quarterback, and he's now the first Utah State freshman quarterback since 1985 to top the 300-yard mark.
2. Maty Mauk, QB, Missouri
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Who needs James Franklin?
Maty Mauk is playing out of his mind for Missouri and may have had his best game in the Tigers' win over Tennessee. Although he only completed 48 percent of his passes, he did throw for three touchdowns and avoided any turnovers. He also showed his athleticism by gashing Tennessee's defense and rushing for 114 yards.
It's safe to say Missouri's offense hasn't missed a beat since the senior quarterback went down with an injury.
Mauk is playing at a high level.
1. Tarean Folston, RB, Notre Dame
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Notre Dame knew what it was getting when Tarean Folston committed; it was really only a matter of time before he had a breakout game.
He had the opportunity against Navy and took full advantage of a career-high 18 carries. He rushed for 140 yards, averaged 7.8 yards per touch and scored one touchdown. The first touchdown of his career was a game-winner that came in the final minutes and prevented the Irish from suffering the upset.
Folston is going to see more carries the rest of this season.