Jameis Winston carried the banner for redshirt freshmen nationwide last season, but his success masked some of the deficiencies on the other side of the ball.
Only two of the 11 players named to the FWAA Freshman All-America Team were redshirts in 2013, and neither of those players—UCF cornerback Jacoby Glenn and Oklahoma cornerback Zack Sanchez—came from the front seven. They both play in the secondary.
The previous two years sent six and five redshirt freshmen to the first-team defense, respectively, so there's reason to suspect that 2013 was a fluke. There should be more of a contribution this season.
This list sought a combination of talent and opportunity. It is not merely a rundown of the top-ranked recruits who didn't play last year; it's a rundown of the most talented players who didn't play last year and should play a lot in 2014. Only one of those two did not cut it.
Sound off below, and let me know whom I missed.