Redshirt freshmen have stated loudly their importance the past two seasons, as quarterbacks Johnny Manziel and Jameis Winston—two guys who did not see active duty in their first year out of high school—won back-to-back Heisman Trophies. The latter won a national championship, too.
But it's not just quarterbacks who can make an impact after sitting out a year. Redshirt freshman Shock Linwood emerged as a force at running back for Baylor last season, and in 2012, redshirt freshman Mike Evans emerged as Manziel's favorite target at Texas A&M.
Offensive weapons should emerge in like manner this upcoming season. Based on their pedigree, the reports coming out of spring camp and the battle for playing time around them, certain players are set up to post huge numbers after sitting out their true freshman season—no matter the reason they might have sat out.
Here are just 10 of the best.
Sound off below and let me know who I missed.