Spring games—and, really, spring camp in general—is less about the older, proven players and more about the younger, still-learning prospects on a roster.
The youngest, most-in-need-of-learning of those prospects are the true freshman early enrollees—players who have graduated early from high school to join the program before spring term and begin the long process of learning the system.
This is often met with mixed results. Early enrollees have a long ways to go, especially at the more cerebral positions like quarterback and safety. However, even at more physical positions like defensive end, the transition from high school to college is substantial and requires a decent learning curve.
Some players throw this curve, however, and look game-ready by the time spring camp closes. Perhaps stoked by the energy of playing on a real college field, before an almost-real college crowd, for the first time in their careers, they end spring workouts with an exhibition of their improvement and make a loud statement prior to summer.
And no true freshmen have done better in their spring games—at least so far—than these ones.
Note: Again, to be clear, this list only includes true freshman early enrollees. No redshirt freshmen or JUCO transfers were included.