Every college football season has a Maurice Clarett.
No, I'm not talking about a guy who utterly wastes his immense talents by getting into trouble with the law (although most years have a couple of those too).
I'm talking about a true freshman running back that burns up college football stadiums as a mere teenager. You know, an Ahman Green? An Adrian Peterson? A Marcus Lattimore?
Considering these are four of the greatest true freshmen to play the position in two or more decades, I think I've made my point.
These breakout performances are few and far between at such a young age, but with 120 college football teams and hundreds of talented high school seniors aspiring to play running back at the next level, one or two of these sensational season performances are bound to pop up each season.
The 2011 college football season won't likely see a shortage of these brilliant rookies. The only question is, who will be among the few breakout performers?
Here are 10 true freshman running backs, ranked in order from 10 to one, who will each be in prime position to perform instantly.