If 2009 was the year of the true freshman—the year Tate Forcier, Matt Barkley, Vontaze Burfict, Dion Lewis, and Manti Te'O made us believe redshirts were for the birds—then 2010 is surely the year of the redshirt freshman.
A host of talented defensive linemen from 2009's signature crop were able to gain muscle and lose fat while honing their technique and waiting their turn.
Meanwhile, talented freshmen quarterbacks at schools with—ahem—better depth were able to lift weights and learn systems without seeing the field until they were fully ready.
As my B/R friend Bobby Engle once put it: and that's the way it is, that's the way it should be.
Here are my 12 picks for 2010's sure-to-blow-up redshirt freshmen. I'm sure y'all have a few sleepers of your own.