Today, I'll take a look at the incoming freshmen and who at this point could hit the field in 2012. The list goes from likely to less likely. Barring a rash of injuries or change in performance going forward, those not listed may be redshirted.
1. Devante Harris
His fall camp has been well-documented. He ran with the first team most of last Saturday's scrimmage and he looked good.
2. Trey Williams
We all knew Trey would play, but after his 140 yard, 3 TD effort in the scrimmage and his steady performance and durability in practice, he's primed to be a more significant force in the backfield.
3. Julien Obioha
He's been a pleasant surprise in the fall, but he's become a critical piece of the defensive front when the staff decided to move Spencer Nealy to shore up the interior. For now, Obioha is working with the first team ahead of Gavin Stansbury.
4. Thomas Johnson
He's had a quiet but solid fall camp. He's consistently worked with the second team receivers and occasionally gets some first team snaps.
5. Tyrone Taylor
Another big surprise, Taylor has worked his way ahead of Brandon Alexander into the No. 2 weakside defensive end spot behind veteran starter Damontre Moore. He came into the program in June at 210+ lbs. He's now close to 240 pounds and he has room to grow.
6. Sabian Holmes
There was plenty of buzz about Holmes coming out of the offseason 7-on-7 workouts. Holmes hasn't duplicated that buzz in the fall camp, but he has been solid. Where he may make his most impact is in special teams where he's been one of the finalists for both kick return and punt return.
7. Alonzo Williams
It appeared early that Alonzo would see plenty of action at defensive tackle despite being undersized at 265 lbs. He's still in the mix to get a few snaps, but with the move of Nealy to tackle, that will take some burden off the true freshman to play extensively early in the season.
8. Mike Matthews
The staff will try to redshirt Matthews, but he's the No. 2 center so odds are strong that he'll eventually get some snaps. If Patrick Lewis gets a minor ding during a game and must sit out a series or two, then Matthews will play.
9. Michael Richardson
Recently, he's been working with the second team at outside linebacker. Donnie Baggs will likely get the call if somebody goes down but Richardson will be next up and should see the field at some point.
10. Polo Manukainiu
He's in the same boat as Williams. Barring a rash of injuries, with the move of Nealy to tackle, I'm thinking the staff will try to redshirt one of the two freshmen tackles. However, given the lack of depth, the staff may not have the luxury to redshirt either one.
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