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Offensive Freshman of the Year: QB J.T. Barrett, Ohio State
QB J.T. Barrett, Ohio State
When Braxton Miller went down with a season-ending injury in August, it looked as if the Buckeyes’ title hopes went on the shelf with him. That No. 4 Ohio State is playoff-bound as the Big Ten champ can be traced directly to the improbable evolution of Barrett. He shook off a slow start to deliver a record-breaking debut that included 3,772 total yards and 45 total touchdowns. Far more important, though, was the way he bounced from a rough Week 2 outing versus Virginia Tech to lead OSU to 10 straight wins.
RB Nick Chubb, Georgia
No Gurley, no problem. Chubb stepped out of Todd Gurley’s prodigious shadow to rank second in the SEC with 1,281 yards and 12 touchdowns on only 186 carries. The First Team All-SEC pick also added a pair of scores as a receiver, filling in impeccably after the starter was suspended and then injured. Chubb has deftly blended power with speed to become the first Dawg since Herschel Walker in 1982 to rush for 100 yards in seven straight games.
RB Samaje Perine, Oklahoma
Think second coming of Ron Dayne. The 5-11, 243-pound Perine has lit a charge beneath the Sooner ground game, running with a bulldozing, north-south style that would have made Bud Wilkinson proud. Perine leads the Big 12—and all freshmen—with 1,579 punishing yards and 21 scores on 240 carries, including an FBS-record 427 yards and five touchdowns against Kansas on Nov. 22.
WR KD Cannon, Baylor
It wasn’t long before Cannon emerged as one of the newest toys in the high-octane Baylor attack. When the Bears needed to offset injuries to the receiving corps, the rookie jumped all over the opportunity with three 100-yard games in the campaign’s first half. Cannon ended the regular season with 50 receptions for 833 yards and six touchdowns, advertising the separation speed to blow the top off the defense.
WR Artavis Scott, Clemson
Scott was asked to immediately contribute after Sammy Watkins and Martavis Bryant left for the NFL Draft, and he has certainly delivered. Explosive in the open field, he leads the Tigers with 68 receptions for 851 yards and seven touchdowns. And he’ll only become more dangerous after the catch as he develops chemistry with fellow true freshman QB Deshaun Watson.
TE Bucky Hodges, Virginia Tech
Hodges arrived in Blacksburg as a quarterback, but he’s quickly emerging into a seam-busting tight end. He’s a phenomenal all-around athlete, and at 6-6 he can create matchup problems with linebackers and defensive backs. Hodges, along with true freshman WR Isaiah Ford, was the brightest light in an otherwise dim Hokie offense, hauling in 42 balls for 517 yards and seven touchdowns.
OT Mason Cole, Michigan
Over the last four decades, only six true freshmen have started a game along the O-line in Ann Arbor. Cole is the first to start an entire season, testament to his maturity and potential. The foundation is already in place for the 6-5, 292-pounder, whose athleticism and improving strength allow him to make all of his blocks. Once Cole tightens up his technique and becomes a more consistent knee-bender, he’ll have All-Big Ten potential.
OG Billy Price, Ohio State
Price has been one of the microcosms of the rebuilt Buckeye front wall this season, consistently improving as the campaign has unfolded. After playing some center in the spring, he settled in at right guard, where his strength, physicality and mean streak have helped support a ground game that averages 260 yards a game and 5.8 yards per carry.
C Tejan Koroma, BYU
What the 6-0, 280-pound Koroma lacks in ideal size, he’s made up for with ideal technique and intensity. The rookie from Allen, Tex. has been a revelation in Provo, first winning the job and then going on to become one of the team’s most consistent all-around blockers. Koroma drive blocks with a nasty streak and the leverage to pancake opposing linemen by getting beneath their pads.
OG Viane Talamaivao, USC
Talamaivao is an immovable mauler at the point of attack, a perfect catalyst for a Trojan running game that excels at powering the ball between the tackles. Originally committed to play for Nick Saban in Tuscaloosa, the 6-3, 330-pound second-year freshman has already been recognized as an honorable mention All-Pac-selection for his work as a road grader.
OT Cam Robinson, Alabama
That Robinson is starting at left tackle in his first season is impressive. That he’s played so well at this level is rather astonishing. The 6-6, 323-pounder is the prototype in a blindside protector, with the long arms and the light feet to neutralize even the SEC’s better edge rushers. At this pace, Robinson is headed toward being a three-and-out pillar before being chosen early in the 2017 NFL Draft.
QB Anu Solomon, Arizona
RB Jarvion Franklin, Western Michigan
RB Royce Freeman, Oregon
WR Devonte Boyd, UNLV
WR DaeSean Hamilton, Penn State
TE Cam Serigne, Wake Forest
OT Roderick Johnson, Florida State
OG Jacob Alsadek, Arizona
C Alex Officer, Pittsburgh
OG Sean Welsh, Iowa
OT Toa Lobendahn, USC
QB: Kyle Allen (Texas A&M), Reggie Bonnafon (Louisville), Brad Kaaya (Miami), Taylor Lamb (Appalachian State), Patrick Mahomes (Texas Tech), Deshaun Watson (Clemson)
RB: Sherman Badie (Tulane), Mike Boone (Cincinnati), Dalvin Cook (Florida State), Leonard Fournette (LSU), Wayne Gallman (Clemson), Alex Gardner (Florida International), Brian Hill (Wyoming), Jon Hilliman (Boston College), Jalen Hurd (Tennessee), Justin Jackson (Northwestern), Johnny Jefferson (Baylor), Ray Lawry (Old Dominion), Marlon Mack (South Florida), L.A. Ramsby (Georgia Southern), Demario Richard (Arizona State), Larry Rose (New Mexico State), Ralph Webb (Vanderbilt), Nick Wilson (Arizona), Shaun Wilson (Duke), Joe Yearby (Miami)
WR: Devon Allen (Oregon), Mike Dudek (Illinois), Malachi Dupre (LSU), Isaiah Ford (Virginia Tech), Bo Hines (NC State), Allen Lazard (Iowa State), Roger Lewis (Bowling Green), Jalin Marshall (Ohio State), Speedy Noil (Texas A&M), Dijon Paschal (Arkansas State), Travis Rudolph (Florida State), Ricky Seals-Jones (Texas A&M), JuJu Smith (USC), Jordan Villamin (Oregon State)
TE: Jeb Blazevich (Georgia), Austin Hooper (Stanford), Charles Jones (Tulane), Chad Olsen (Fresno State), Jake Roh (Boise State)
OL: Brian Allen (Michigan State), Reggie Bain (Florida Atlantic), Jake Campos (Iowa State), Austin Corbett (Nevada), Chavis Dickey (UCF), Ului Lapuaho (BYU), Conor McDermott (UCLA), Ramsey Meyers (Kentucky), Tyshon Mosley (Utah State), Andrew Nelson (Penn State), Coleman Shelton (Washington), Coleman Thomas (Tennessee)
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