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kmartin575
11-20-2007, 11:26 AM
I don't follow individual players too much so I don't know much about the top freshmen in the country. The only two I know about are Michael Crabtree and Jeremy Maclin.

Michael Crabtree-
125 receptions, 1,861 yards, 21 touchdowns

Jeremy Maclin-
59 receptions, 885 yards, 9 touchdowns
38 rushes, 287 yards, 4 touchdowns
2,201 all purpose yards

Who are some of the other top freshmen in the country?

georgiafan
11-20-2007, 11:34 AM
HB Knowshon Moreno, UGA - 1,200 yards, 12 TD, 5.5 Avg. also has 200 receiving yards

QB Sam Bradford, Okl - 2500 yards, 28 TD, 6 Int.

kmartin575
11-20-2007, 11:42 AM
HB Knowshon Moreno, UGA - 1,200 yards, 12 TD, 5.5 Avg. also has 200 receiving yards

QB Sam Bradford, Okl - 2500 yards, 28 TD, 6 Int.


I forgot about Bradford. I guess I didn't realize he was a freshman.

D-Unit
11-20-2007, 11:44 AM
There's a guy by the name of Joe McKnight who's not too shabby...

dabears10
11-20-2007, 11:48 AM
Regis Benn

Sniper
11-20-2007, 11:51 AM
Ryan Mallett has the best arm, probably the worst accuracy and Donovan Warren is really good for a frosh CB

Turtlepower
11-20-2007, 11:52 AM
CB Omar Bolden at ASU

princefielder28
11-20-2007, 12:24 PM
Zac Brown RB Wisconsin ran for 250 this past week......he's not even the best Frosh back on the team (John Clay)

draftguru151
11-20-2007, 12:28 PM
Some true a rFr that have down well this season.

QB- Sam Bradford Oklahoma, Jake Locker Washington

RB- Knowshon Moreno Georgia, DeMarco Murray Oklahoma, Graig Cooper Miami, LeSean McCoy Pittsburgh, Joe McKnight USC, Jahvid Best Cal, Terry Grant Alabama, Stanley Havili USC

WR- Arrelious Benn Illinois, Michael Crabtree Texas Tech, David Ausberry USC, Ronald Johnson USC, Terrence Tolliver LSU, Jeremy Maclin Missouri, Dez Bryant Oklahoma State

TE- Anthony Hernandez Florida, Rob Gronkowski Arizona

OT- Trinton Sturdivant Georgia

C- Kristofer O’Dowd USC

DE- Everson Griffen USC

DT- Gerald McCoy Oklahoma, Marvin Austin North Carolina

OLB- Martez Wilson Illinois, Greg Jones Michigan State

CB- Donovan Warren Michigan, Eric Berry Tennessee, Omar Bolden Arizona State, Joe Haden Florida

S- Chad Jones LSU, Major Wright Florida

gstock05
11-20-2007, 12:45 PM
Some true a rFr that have down well this season.

QB- Sam Bradford Oklahoma, Jake Locker Washington

RB- Knowshon Moreno Georgia, DeMarco Murray Oklahoma, Graig Cooper Miami, LeSean McCoy Pittsburgh, Joe McKnight USC, Jahvid Best Cal, Terry Grant Alabama, Stanley Havili USC

WR- Arrelious Benn Illinois, Michael Crabtree Texas Tech, David Ausberry USC, Ronald Johnson USC, Terrence Tolliver LSU, Jeremy Maclin Missouri, Dez Bryant Oklahoma State

TE- Anthony Hernandez Florida, Rob Gronkowski Arizona

OT- Trinton Sturdivant Georgia

C- Kristofer ODowd USC

DE- Everson Griffen USC

DT- Gerald McCoy Oklahoma, Marvin Austin North Carolina

OLB- Martez Wilson Illinois, Greg Jones Michigan State

CB- Donovan Warren Michigan, Eric Berry Tennessee, Omar Bolden Arizona State, Joe Haden Florida

S- Chad Jones LSU, Major Wright Florida

Good list, btu Cameron Heyward played better than Everson Griffen did at USC. He needs to be on the list somewhere.

NYGibril28
11-20-2007, 12:58 PM
Tyrod Taylor, QB at Virginia Tech

Scott Lutrus, LB at UConn

draftguru151
11-20-2007, 01:03 PM
Good list, btu Cameron Heyward played better than Everson Griffen did at USC. He needs to be on the list somewhere.

Heyward has done pretty well and looked good against Michigan, but when he gets 3.5 sacks in one game let me know.

Jughead10
11-20-2007, 01:20 PM
I've been impressed with LB Brian Smith on Notre Dame.

georgiafan
11-20-2007, 01:26 PM
He may not be one of the best freshman in the country, because he just started starting a few games ago. But LB Rennie Curran is playing as good as anyone on Georgia's team right now. He had 13 tackles (12 solo) agianst kentucky. He was also the guy that stoped the reverse on 4th and 2 agianst UF.

Sniper
11-20-2007, 01:27 PM
Eric Berry Tennessee


Hasn't he also dabbled at safety?

Robo
11-20-2007, 01:27 PM
Cameron Heyward has been a beast for Ohio State.

georgiafan
11-20-2007, 01:28 PM
Hasn't he also dabbled at safety?

Yeah he starts at saftey

draftguru151
11-20-2007, 01:35 PM
From what I understand that's because of need and I think he is going to be playing CB later on.

Turtlepower
11-20-2007, 01:57 PM
Can't forget Redshirt Freshman Kicker Thomas Weber from Arizona State. He has missed 1 field goal all year. He's money.

themaninblack
11-20-2007, 03:14 PM
He may not be one of the best freshman in the country, because he just started starting a few games ago. But LB Rennie Curran is playing as good as anyone on Georgia's team right now. He had 13 tackles (12 solo) agianst kentucky. He was also the guy that stoped the reverse on 4th and 2 agianst UF.

was also going to mention him, hes been playing lights out!

georgiafan
11-20-2007, 03:16 PM
was also going to mention him, hes been playing lights out!

He is starting to get some attention he won SEC freshman of the week and Mel Kiper has been writing some good things about him.

BucSappy
11-20-2007, 03:21 PM
The center for USC was pretty awesome before his knee injury.

619
11-20-2007, 03:28 PM
simple. noel devine.

T-RICH49
11-20-2007, 03:31 PM
Dezmon Briscoe for KU has been very good this year as well

doingthisinsteadofwork
11-20-2007, 03:37 PM
Jahvid Best RB/WR Cal.

fenikz
11-20-2007, 04:03 PM
Terry Grant RB Alabama
891 Rushing Yards, 5 YPC, 8 TD, 176 Reception Yards, 1 TD

KCJ58
11-20-2007, 04:05 PM
Knowshon Moreno, also Cody Hawkins is a Freshman :) but not good enough to be on the top

kwilk103
11-20-2007, 04:10 PM
noel devine----doesnt get a lot of touches, but when he does, he shows what the hype was about

wvu has about 6-7 other true freshman that get significant playing time

wr----jock sanders, brandon hogan already see the field in 5 wr sets; sanders is the slot receiver

couple others that get a lot of playing time, but its on special teams, so they really have no stats

Turtlepower
11-20-2007, 04:11 PM
Cody Hawkins is a Freshman :) but not good enough to be on the top

Cody Hawkins will be an NFL QB in 4 years. He's just that good. =D

KCJ58
11-20-2007, 04:12 PM
Cody Hawkins will be an NFL QB in 4 years. He's just that good. =D

yea i feel that why too but i think he'll get overlooked cuz he's only 5'11"

Turtlepower
11-20-2007, 04:12 PM
yea i feel that why too but i think he'll get overlooked cuz he's only 5'11"

He should take some HGH. It could help him grow. =D

WildDude
11-20-2007, 04:17 PM
yea i feel that why too but i think he'll get overlooked cuz he's only 5'11"

hes that short and throws a sidearm or a 3/4 release whatever it is hes not getting away wit tha in the NFL phillip rivers and Vince young both are 6-5 so they can get away with it

WildDude
11-20-2007, 04:20 PM
I hate LSU but props to Terrence Tolliver hes been a beast averaging more than 20 a catch theyre limiting the passes to him and only using him for the deep balls hes gonna be the best at LSU in a few years and a top 5 pick for sure

Solomon
11-20-2007, 06:44 PM
Pitt RB LeSean McCoy and Florida S Major Wright have also played very well and I don't think have been mentioned yet.

McCoy, 220 carries, 1125 rushing yards, 11 TDs with 2 games left. Was a highly regarded prospect coming out of HS and originally committed to Miami, future 1st rounder.

Wright, 49 tackles for the gators, #2 safety in the class of 2007.

Zyro_1014
11-22-2007, 10:12 PM
yea i feel that why too but i think he'll get overlooked cuz he's only 5'11"

i played against hawkins two years ago in the state championship

DWilliams2IndyColts
11-22-2007, 11:23 PM
1. Knowshown Moreno RB Georgia
2. LeSean McCoy RB Pittsburgh
3. Michael Crabtree WR Texas Tech
4. Sam Bradford QB Oklahoma
5. Kristofer O'Dowd C USC
6. Chad Jones S LSU
7. Eric Berry DB Tennessee
8. Marvin Austin DT North Carolina
9. DeMarco Murray RB Oklahoma
10. Regis Benn WR Illinois

reigle9
11-22-2007, 11:47 PM
I'd have McCoy #2 on that list.

He can't help Pitt is a fake school.

DWilliams2IndyColts
11-23-2007, 10:37 AM
I'd have McCoy #2 on that list.

He can't help Pitt is a fake school.I forgot him for some reason.

eazyb81
11-23-2007, 11:05 AM
Um, Jeremy Maclin and then everybody else.

He will be the best player on the field on Saturday, and will be on quite a few preseason Heisman lists heading into next season. The guy is a monster.

Sniper
11-23-2007, 11:26 AM
Um, Jeremy Maclin and then everybody else.



Michael Crabtree>Jeremy Maclin

BrownsTown
11-23-2007, 11:48 AM
Um, Jeremy Maclin and then everybody else.

He will be the best player on the field on Saturday, and will be on quite a few preseason Heisman lists heading into next season. The guy is a monster.

Umm...that's an overstatement if there ever was one.

SuperKevin
11-23-2007, 11:52 AM
Michael Crabtree>Jeremy Maclin

I'm a huge Crabtree fan but I think as a complete player I'd take Maclin because of the threat he is on special teams and on running plays

eazyb81
11-23-2007, 12:23 PM
Umm...that's an overstatement if there ever was one.

Eh, not really.

Maclin combines production (most total yards by a freshman) with NFL potential (4.2 speed, great hands).

What would you argue with?

BufFan71
11-23-2007, 01:14 PM
Cody Hawkins QB CU

BrownsTown
11-23-2007, 02:20 PM
Eh, not really.

Maclin combines production (most total yards by a freshman) with NFL potential (4.2 speed, great hands).

What would you argue with?

That he'll be on Heisman lists. For one, he'll be overshadowed by the crazy numbers Crabtree puts up and as a WR he'll be very hardpressed to put up consistent hundred yard games like he does. 2nd, Knowshon Moreno, Arrelious Benn, and LeSean McCoy are also very good players. I wouldn't argue that Maclin isn't on their level, but I would definately argue that he's better than those. And you're also discounting certain players (Joe McKnight, Noel Devine) who haven't gotten enough playing time, but we all know will be good when they get it.

So no, by no means is it, "Jeremy Maclin and then everyone else"

LonghornsLegend
11-23-2007, 02:39 PM
Demarco Murray, Knowshon Moreno, Lesean McCoy, and Noel Devine

619
11-23-2007, 02:51 PM
noel devine might not be the best freshman but he sure is the most exciting!

eazyb81
11-23-2007, 02:58 PM
That he'll be on Heisman lists. For one, he'll be overshadowed by the crazy numbers Crabtree puts up and as a WR he'll be very hardpressed to put up consistent hundred yard games like he does. 2nd, Knowshon Moreno, Arrelious Benn, and LeSean McCoy are also very good players. I wouldn't argue that Maclin isn't on their level, but I would definately argue that he's better than those. And you're also discounting certain players (Joe McKnight, Noel Devine) who haven't gotten enough playing time, but we all know will be good when they get it.

So no, by no means is it, "Jeremy Maclin and then everyone else"

Well, since Maclin has more total yards than anyone you mentioned in your post, I find it hard to believe that he'll be "overshadowed" by Crabtree or anyone else. That said, Moreno and Crabtree will be preseason contenders for the award as well; I hardly implied that the Heisman is Maclin's to lose next year.

McKnight and Devine certainly are talented players, but it's laughable to put them on the level of Maclin, Crabtree, and Benn at this point.

etk
11-23-2007, 03:36 PM
That he'll be on Heisman lists. For one, he'll be overshadowed by the crazy numbers Crabtree puts up and as a WR he'll be very hardpressed to put up consistent hundred yard games like he does. 2nd, Knowshon Moreno, Arrelious Benn, and LeSean McCoy are also very good players. I wouldn't argue that Maclin isn't on their level, but I would definately argue that he's better than those. And you're also discounting certain players (Joe McKnight, Noel Devine) who haven't gotten enough playing time, but we all know will be good when they get it.

So no, by no means is it, "Jeremy Maclin and then everyone else"

You're also discounting Graig Cooper, who eats about 3 Maclins for breakfast every day.

BrownsTown
11-23-2007, 03:41 PM
Well, since Maclin has more total yards than anyone you mentioned in your post, I find it hard to believe that he'll be "overshadowed" by Crabtree or anyone else. That said, Moreno and Crabtree will be preseason contenders for the award as well; I hardly implied that the Heisman is Maclin's to lose next year.

McKnight and Devine certainly are talented players, but it's laughable to put them on the level of Maclin, Crabtree, and Benn at this point.

I think you're overrating a bit how many freshman are contenders for the award. Considering Tebow, Bradford and Wells are all returning, they would have to not only jump them but jump the possibly returning White, Slaton, Rice, etc.

And you keep saying total yards, but doesn't he get most of that from special teams? And considering the recieving numbers Crabtree is putting up and the fact that, unlike most recievers he's consistent with his numbers, he's a much better contender for the Heisman than Maclin.

Robo
11-23-2007, 03:50 PM
For those speaking of Jeremy Maclin's Heisman hype for next season. It'll be one tough road to get more hyped for the Heisman than Chase Daniel will.

eazyb81
11-23-2007, 04:08 PM
I think you're overrating a bit how many freshman are contenders for the award. Considering Tebow, Bradford and Wells are all returning, they would have to not only jump them but jump the possibly returning White, Slaton, Rice, etc.

And you keep saying total yards, but doesn't he get most of that from special teams? And considering the recieving numbers Crabtree is putting up and the fact that, unlike most recievers he's consistent with his numbers, he's a much better contender for the Heisman than Maclin.

Again, I don't think you are comprehending what I am typing. I am saying Maclin will be a preseason contender for the Heisman - not once have I predicted that Maclin will win it, so I don't quite understand why you keep bringing up Crabtree. It would be ignorant for anyone to predict the winner next year when we have no idea what will happen between now and next August.

That said, Maclin is absolutely one of the biggest playmakers in the country, and he will be the focal point of the Mizzou offense next year rather than having to share touches like he does now.

KCJ58
11-23-2007, 04:11 PM
Michael Crabtree
Mrs. Crabtree
http://images.southparkstudios.com/media/images/207/207_bunny_hostage_no_gun.gif

T.Smith
11-23-2007, 04:18 PM
simple. noel devine.

Do you have any idea how big he is going to explode next year? He has ridiculous elusiveness, you put that together with an incredible running system, and thats huge numbers.
It's like putting Peyton Manning in Hawaii.

Jonny
11-24-2007, 06:58 AM
Anthony Davis. We've also had Alex Silvestro (DE), Mason Robinson (RB), and Joe Lefeged (S) play a lot as true freshmen.

BufFan71
11-24-2007, 08:02 AM
Scotty McKNight
43rec 488yds 4td


Josh Smith
23rec 451yds


Hawkins
2693yds 19td 56.4%

SuperMcGee
11-27-2007, 08:25 PM
Buffalo safety Davonte Shannon

In 9 starts:

112 tackles to lead all freshmen in the nation, 3 INT, 5 pass deflections, 3 forced fumbles, 10 TFL, 2.5 sacks.

Also had 11 more tackles, one for a loss, in 3 games as a backup prior to these.

BucSappy
11-27-2007, 09:16 PM
I don't think Noel Devine projects well to the NFL because of his lack of size

TitanHope
11-27-2007, 09:35 PM
Eric Berry should be listed as a DB. He can play any position in the secondary, and he's at SS currently but played CB in his first few games. Right now, I'd say what Berry is the best player we have on defense, and that includes Jonathan Hefney and Jerod Mayo. He's probably our best tackler too. Words can't describe how good this guy is...its scary. He'll be a Top 10 pick in the NFL Draft when he declares...I'm calling it now; 6-0, 200 pound DB with legit 4.3 40 speed and a great tackler. I hope the Titans can get him somehow when PacMan finally gets shown the door.

Next season, I expect that he'll once again move to where he's needed pending on who we have. Maybe even take over the FS spot for Hefney.

asmitty45
11-28-2007, 11:58 AM
Greg Jones, led our team in tackles and started after the second game of the season. He's gonna be one of the best LB's in the Big 10 for the next 3 years

Giantsfan1080
11-28-2007, 01:13 PM
Rivals released their All-American Freshmen team which is a pretty good list:

http://collegefootball.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=744124

jbeans187
11-28-2007, 01:37 PM
My List...not the best but my favorite

Rejus
Jeremy Maclin
Lesean Mccoy
Demarco Murray
Dez Bryant - This kid will be special

Turtlepower
11-28-2007, 02:10 PM
Rivals released their All-American Freshmen team which is a pretty good list:

http://collegefootball.rivals.com/content.asp?CID=744124

ASU with K Thomas Weber as a 1st-team and CB Omar Bolden as 2nd team. Not disapointed with that at all.

SuperKevin
11-28-2007, 02:21 PM
http://recruiting.scout.com/2/705470.html

Here's the SuperPrep Freshman All-American team. Fairly similar.

georgiafan
11-28-2007, 02:43 PM
http://recruiting.scout.com/2/705470.html

Here's the SuperPrep Freshman All-American team. Fairly similar.

It's nice to see Rennie Curran make the 1st team list.

B-Dawk
11-28-2007, 03:00 PM
good to see our two young linebackers both make it

M.O.T.H.
11-28-2007, 03:18 PM
Atleast Ladi is getting a little recognition...he was a very plesant surprise this year.

Geomar
11-28-2007, 10:02 PM
QB:Sam Bradford, Jake Locker

RB:Lesean Mccoy, graig cooper, joe mcknight, noel devine, Knowshon moreno, terry grant, Demarco Murray

WR:michael crabtree, arrelious benn, terance tolliver, dez bryant, Jeremy Maclin, Antonio Brown

DE:Everson Griffen, Greg Romeus

DT:Gerald Mccoy,Marvin Austin, Brian Price

LB:Rennie Curran, Greg Jones, Scott Lutrus, Lawrence Wilson, Rolando
Mcclain, Obinna Ezeh

CB:Eric Berry, Demarcus Vandyke, Donavan Warren, Omar Bolden, Kareem Jackson, Tavious Polo

S:Major Wright, Deunta Williams, Zac Etheridge

K:Thomas Weber

These are the freshman that i think are the best

M.O.T.H.
11-28-2007, 10:11 PM
Kenrick Ellis is the best Freshman DT...just wait until he starts a full season next year...yall will see. :)

etk
11-28-2007, 10:17 PM
Kenrick Ellis is the best Freshman DT...just wait until he starts a full season next year...yall will see. :)

I like Ellis a lot too, but Marvin Austin and Gerald McCoy are also pretty good...

M.O.T.H.
11-28-2007, 10:21 PM
yeah they are...haha. I'm just disappointed we didnt utilize our stud 07 class more this year. Ellis could have been starting from the get go, or atleast when Nate Pepper went down. He would have made us so much better against the run. In his only start he was dominant. He has quite the bright future ahead. With Freshman Ellis, Geathers, Ajiboye, and Robertson, Carolina is sure to have one beastly Defensive line in the future. Doesnt hurt that Norwood is only a Junior next year either. Oh I cant wait until next season already.

etk
11-28-2007, 10:25 PM
yeah they are...haha. I'm just disappointed we didnt utilize our stud 07 class more this year. Ellis could have been starting from the get go, or atleast when Nate Pepper went down. He would have made us so much better against the run. In his only start he was dominant. He has quite the bright future ahead. With Freshman Ellis, Geathers, Ajiboye, and Robertson, Carolina is sure to have one beastly Defensive line in the future. Oh I cant wait until next season already.

I just remember looking at their roster and seeing: Ellis, 6'5 327 and Geathers, 6'7 270 and thinking "how are these guys not starting RIGHT NOW"!

M.O.T.H.
11-28-2007, 10:30 PM
I just remember looking at their roster and seeing: Ellis, 6'5 327 and Geathers, 6'7 270 and thinking "how are these guys not starting RIGHT NOW"!

yeah exactly, especially for a team that is often reffered to as "undersized". They would have helped the run defense immesnely w/ those NFL body's. Geathers didnt get that much PT at all this year...atleast Ellis got one start.

etk
11-28-2007, 10:31 PM
yeah exactly, especially for a team that is often reffered to as "undersized". They would have helped the run defense immesnely w/ those NFL body's. Geathers didnt get that much PT at all this year...atleast Ellis got one start.

Undersized? If both Brinkleys played LB and they started those 2 guys they would have a massive defense. Cook looks like a LB, Brinkleys look like linemen, etc.

M.O.T.H.
11-28-2007, 10:38 PM
Undersized? If both Brinkleys played LB and they started those 2 guys they would have a massive defense. Cook looks like a LB, Brinkleys look like linemen, etc.

Injuries forced us to get smaller everywhere really. If those two start along side Ladi Ajiboye which it looks like they will next year and Brinkley is back in the middle...yeah, we'll have a very big defense. Should be a great unit as well...the secondary is full of NFL talent. Especially, Munnerlyn and Cook. Like i said, I cant wait for next year...only real question mark is the QB position. Could end up being a special year for us.

etk
11-28-2007, 10:41 PM
Injuries forced us to get smaller everywhere really. If those two start along side Ladi Ajiboye which it looks like they will next year and Brinkley is back in the middle...yeah, we'll have a very big defense. Should be a great unit as well...the secondary is full of NFL talent. Especially, Munnerlyn and Cook. Like i said, I cant wait for next year...only real question mark is the QB position. Could end up being a special year for us.

Don't you have Chris Smelley coming back? He's not that bad, is he?

M.O.T.H.
11-28-2007, 10:47 PM
Don't you have Chris Smelley coming back? He's not that bad, is he?

Nah he's not bad at all...4 star recruit...he was only a freshman this year. The lack of arm strength hurt us...he needs to get stronger. Probably the best fit for this team, given our below average O-Line, is 4 star recruit, Stephen Garcia. Great arm and runs in the high 4.5's low 4.6's. Not the passer Smelley is but, def. the better fit for this team. Its going to get real interesting...Smelley (FR.), Garcia (FR.), and Beecher (SO.) all have a legitimate shot at winning the job next year. My money is still on Smelley though.

FloridaFootball
11-29-2007, 10:45 AM
Quarterback: Sam Bradford

http://i114.photobucket.com/albums/n251/hogzak/stats.jpg

BamaFalcon59
12-01-2007, 04:58 PM
Best true freshman QB IMO was Tyrod Taylor.