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August 26, 2010
Wait is over for redshirt freshmen to watch
An uneducated fan might wonder about the long-term prospects of any player who doesn't see the field his first year on campus.
Virginia Tech backers know otherwise.
They saw redshirt freshman Darren Evans set an ACC freshman rushing record two years ago by running for 1,265 yards. Then, after Evans tore the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee last summer, they watched redshirt freshman Ryan Williams break his teammate's record by rushing for 1,655 yards and 21 touchdowns.
We're not saying any of the guys on our list of 16 impact redshirt freshmen will match the production of Evans in 2008 season or Williams in '09 campaign. But all figure to have major roles and the vast majority will open the season in the starting lineup.
The players are listed alphabetically. (Click here for true freshmen to watch this season.)
REDSHIRT FRESHMEN TO WATCH
Arkansas G Alvin Bailey
Alabama OT D.J. Fluker
Michigan FS Cameron Gordon
Texas DT Calvin Howell and G Mason Walters
Georgia Tech G Will Jackson and LB Brandon Watts
Florida LB Jelani Jenkins
Oregon DT Wade Keliikipi
Wisconsin DT Jordan Kohout
Clemson WR Bryce McNeal
Miami RB Lamar Miller
LSU DE Sam Montgomery
Georgia QB Aaron Murray
Florida State CB Xavier Rhodes
Illinois QB Nathan Scheelhaase
Missouri WR L'Damian Washington
Oklahoma LB Tom Wort