Predicting tomorrow's stars today was once an absurd thought in college football. Used to be, freshmen were not allowed on the field. They did, however, play their own season somewhat.
Nowadays, everyone is playing. It is no secret when you have a spectacular football player who played in high school just one or two seasons ago. Redshirts are going by the wayside in Knoxville. Freshmen are all over the place in Tuscaloosa. The game is changing so quickly, the level of competition from even some high schools has given players an opportunity to step on college campuses ready to play.
Alabama RB Trent Richardson was just a freshman two seasons ago when the Crimson Tide won a national championship and Mark Ingram garnered the university's first Heisman Trophy. But from the time Richardson made his debut, it was no secret he would be special, maybe even better than Ingram.
Finding the stars of tomorrow may not be as difficult as it was during the 1970s, but not everyone is Trent Richardson.