The last two Heisman Trophy winners have been freshmen. Redshirt freshmen, but still players in their first year of college football.
Who's to say this isn't the start of an annual trend, as it's starting to become in college basketball, that the best players in the game are often the ones with the least experience at that level?
Impact freshmen are a big part of college football nowadays, and this year shouldn't be any different. Dozens of the top recruits from the 2013 recruiting class saw significant time last season, and the same will likely happen this fall.
But there's also a solid crop of players who redshirted last year. Now with a full year of practice and development under their belts, they are ready to run, throw and tackle wild.
Here's our look at the top 25 freshmen heading into the 2014 season, factoring in their chance to start and make an instant impact. Becoming Heisman-worthy is entirely optional.