It isn't easy for true freshmen to break starting lineups right when they arrive on campus—especially on teams that are talented enough to compete for BCS bowl and even national title berths.
However, that hasn't stopped these five fantastic freshmen from making a major impact early on.
Alabama has had several young contributors this year, but one has stood out above all the rest. The same goes for Florida State, which has seen one young defensive back become a major player on the best pass defense in the nation.
Ohio State has also had immediate benefits from its stellar recruiting class, though one freshman has surprised head coach Urban Meyer more than the rest.
We'll look at impact freshmen from the nation's top three teams, as well as other talented youngsters that could be seen on Freshman All-American lists at season's end.