10 Impact Freshman

We are at the halfway point of the season and here are ten impact freshman.

More than ever freshman are counted on to come in and contribute less than a year removed from their high school senior season. Then again, many of these guys are ready for the next step at the next level. There are plenty of impact freshman making waves for their teams coast to coast. Here are ten that have certainly caught are attention (with their Scout rating next to their names).

Brad Kaaya (QB) Miami No. 18 QB
Brad Kaaya has been the starter from game one at Miami. He seems to be getting more and more comfortable and gaining more and more confidence. The Hurricanes are 4-3 through seven games with all their losses coming on the road. Kaaya has thrown for 1,806 yards, 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions so far this season. Those are some pretty good numbers for this true freshman from California.

Leonard Fournette (RB) LSU No. 1 RB
Fournette was the top rated prospect in last year’s class. This New Orleans running back was thought to make a huge impact in Baton Rouge. We are starting to see him make his presence felt. Fournette had a great Saturday night in Gainesville against the Gators. He now has 504 yards and seven touchdowns, including 302-yards and four scores over his last three games.

Jarvion Franklin (RB) Western Michigan
This true freshman has rushed for 843 yards and 15 touchdowns in only six games this season for Western Michigan. He had 163 yards and three touchdowns against Purdue and 76 yards and two scores against Virginia Tech. Franklin leads the nation in scoring (15 points per game) and is sixth in rushing yards.

Royce Freeman (RB) Oregon No. 8 RB
Freeman has come on for the Ducks and really produced. He’s currently sitting at 477 yards and seven touchdowns while averaging 5.5 yards per carry. His stats may not be as big time as some of the others listed but this freshman from Imperial, Calif. looks fantastic. He has certainly been everything we thought he could be at this level.

Samaje Perine (RB) Oklahoma No. 2 FB
Once the backup running back in Norman, Perine is second in the Big 12 in rushing. So far he has 568 yards and nine touchdowns in six games. He had 242 yards (34 carries) versus West Virginia. It’s not Joe Mixon as the impact freshman rather Perine.

Nick Wilson (RB) Arizona No. 29 RB
There is a second Pac 12 running back that made this top ten and it’s Wildcat Nick Wilson. Coach Rich Rodriguez has a stable of young and talented offensive weapons like this four-star running back running back from Fresno, Calif. Wilson has been huge for Arizona, rushing for 574 yards and six touchdowns while averaging 6.4 yards per carry.

KD Cannon (WR) Baylor No. 5 WR
Cannon is one of the leading wide receivers in the country, as he has exploded for the Bears. In six games he has 30 receptions for 651 yards with six touchdowns. Cannon is averaging 21.7 yards per reception. If he stays healthy this kid will have a chance to put up unreal numbers in this Baylor offense.

Cam Robinson (OL) Alabama No. 1 OT
Robinson was the top rated offensive tackle in the 2014 recruiting class and the nation’s No. 2 overall player. He graduated early, got a spring practice under his belt and has been a good, consistent starter for Alabama’s offensive front at left tackle. He’s improving week to week in pass pro and should be their next elite tackle in Tuscaloosa.

Myles Garrett (DE) Texas A&M No. 1 DE
Garrett was a five-star prospect in this past class and the top rated defensive end. He has made an immediate impact in College Station. This 6-foot-5, 255-pound freshman from Arlington, Texas has Garrett has 33 tackles, nine tackles for a loss, 7.5 sacks and seven quarterback hurries. Three of those sacks came against SEC opponents. Myles has star written all over him.

Quinn Blanding (S) Virginia No. 3 S
Blanding has been huge for the Virginia defense. He has recorded 61 tackles in six starts for the Cavaliers defense. He also has one tackle for a loss and one interception. This true freshman from Virginia Tech Bayside was a five-star prospect last year and the nation’s No. 3 safety. He has lived up to the hype and then some.

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