Jarvion Franklin (Western Michigan)
There’s obviously a big disparity between a big college football program like Alabama and a smaller school like Western Michigan. But regardless of where you play, if you score nine touchdowns in the first three games of your collegiate careers, people are going to take notice.
That’s precisely the position Western Michigan’s freshman running back Jarvion Franklin finds himself in after averaging a mind-boggling three touchdowns in the first three games of the Broncos season. Saying that he’s the go-to man down in Kalamazoo would be an understatement. A mere two-star recruit out of Tinsley Park, Illinois, Frankin has carried the ball 82 times and has racked up 542 yards, with an average of 6.6 yards per carry. Just goes to show you that being the big man on campus isn’t something that’s handed to you. Rather, you have to go out and work for it. Frankin has done just that.
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KD Cannon (Baylor)
All it took was the first three games of the season to realize why Baylor receiver K.D. Cannon was recruited by basically every major college football program in the nation. A four-star recruit out of Mount Pleasant, Texas, the freshman wideout has been a large part of Baylor’s early success. Although his number of receptions (14) won’t blow you away, the total yards (471) and average yards per catch (33.6) surely will. Throw five touchdowns on top of that and the Bears have one heck of a playmaker on their hands. With the team currently ranked No. 3 in the nation, Cannon is slated to get a lot of attention if Baylor continues its winning ways. Surely he’s already a celebrity on campus.
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Freshman year is a time for messy dorms, early morning classes, and all the other nuances associated with making that intimidating high school-to-college transition. When it comes to the world of college football, though, apparently it’s also the time for winning Heisman Trophies. You see, the last two Heisman winners have been freshmen. Sure they were both redshirt freshmen, but it should still be a good sign for incoming prospects that they’ll make an impact on their team (and their school as a whole) as soon as they step on campus.
With so much attention paid to the recruiting process these days, impact freshmen have become a fundamental part of college football. Think about Everett Golson at Notre Dame and Johnny Manziel at Texas A&M in 2012. Each year, it seems like the national recruiting pool gets stronger and stronger, and 2013 was no different. There were hundreds of solid prospects that signed on to play at D-I programs across the country. This year, many of them are getting a chance to show off their respective skills on a big stage, in hopes of one day making it the biggest stage, the NFL. With the season underway, and NFL scouts salivating over some of the older prospects in the college game, join us as we take a look at some of the nastiest freshmen in college football — not just players that were the top recruits in their class, but select freshmen that have made an immediate impact on their teams.
Today, we’re talking about the BMOC: 10 Freshmen College Football Players Who Are Stunting All Over the Game.
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