Top 10 Freshman Performances

Cornielius Jackson-EdwardsCorrespondent IAugust 3, 2009

Are you excited for some more college football? I sure am. I love seeing my teams (Iowa and Notre Dame) win, upsets against teams I don’t care about, and how good each freshman will play. I wil break down some of the best freshman college football has ever had.

Number 10: Jared Lorenzen, QB, Kentucky, 2000. He weighed 275 lbs., but he shattered six NCAA single-season marks for freshman, which includes total yards, passing yards, pass attempts and completions. His best performance that season was against the Georgia Bulldogs in Athens, GA, as he threw for 528 yards (still a record in the SEC) and two touchdowns in a four -point win.

Number 9: Herschel Walker, Georgia, RB, 1980. He was a huge part in beating Notre Dame in the National Championship his freshman season.  He rushed for 1,616 yards and 15 touchdowns. He was amazing.

Number 8: Maurice Clarett, Ohio State, RB, 2002. He was a great running back for Ohio State rushing for 1,237 yards and 18 touchdowns to help the Buckeyes win a National Championship his freshman season, but he had off the field problems, so he won’t be very well recognized years later.

Number 7: Tim Brown, Notre Dame, WR, 1984. He had a rocky start in his career, but finished it well. He set the school’s record for catches during his freshman season.

Number 6: Adrian Peterson, RB, Oklahoma, 2004. He ran for 1,925 yards his freshman year, and finished second to USC QB Matt Leinart to winning the Heisman Trophy- the best finish for a freshman in history.

Number 5: Michael Crabtree, Texas Tech, WR, 2007. He had 21 touchdown catches and 1,861 receiving yards and earned some awards including the Biletikoff Trophy.

Number 4: Bernie Kosar, Miami, QB, 1983. He threw for 2,328 yards and 15 touchdowns and helped Miami win a National Title against Nebraska.

Number 3: Jamelle Holiway, Oklahoma, QB, 1985. He is the only true freshman QB to help his team win a National Title. He took over for the injured Troy Aikman.

Number 2: Marshall Faulk, San Diego State, RB, 1991. In his second game playing college ball, he set a pair of NCAA records for 386 yards and seven touchdowns in a blowout against Pacific. He was pretty great.

Number 1: Emmitt Smith, Florida, RB 1987. He is known for his greatness in the NFL, but he was pretty great playing in college. He finished his freshman season with 1,341 yards an won Freshman of the Year honors.

I hope you enjoyed this article. Remember football fans, the reason why an offense is great is because of the offensive line. They are the biggest part in how the offense rolls. I can’t wait for the season to start.

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