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Posted by on November 18th, 2011 in CFF Features, Jeff Siverhus, Uncategorized | 3 Comments



With two weeks remaining in this 2011 College Football regular season, I thought it was time to compile a “Top 5” list of this year’s BEST true freshman. It is always important to remind ourselves that these kids are 18-19 years old. These guys entered their respective schools with all the hype that accompany being four and five star recruits. And often the pressure of this, combined with just trying to acclimate to college life can overwhelm even the most grounded of people. With that said, below are five guys that have lived up to the hype so far and in the process they have been key figures in their team’s success.







#5 Ryan Shazier LB Ohio Sate

6’2  212lbs

Plantation, FL

Ryan is having a phenomenal year at Linebacker for the Buckeyes. Ryan has racked up 23 solo tackles and 19 assists, he also has compiled 4 sacks and 3 forced fumbles. Ryan has also contributed on special teams for the Buckeyes. He had what many consider one of the key plays in the upset of Wisconsin, blocking a Badger punt. The future is bright for this young man and the defense for Ohio State is secure in his hands as well.








#4 Jadeveon Clowney DE South Carolina

6’6  254 lbs

Rock Hill, S.C.

The state of South Carolina has been rich in recruiting talent the last couple of years and the Gamecocks have certainly made themselves the benefactor.  They Claimed Marcus Lattimore two years ago and the #1 recruit in the land Jadeveon Clowney, this past year. Jadeveon possesses a FREAKISH combination of size and speed and has certainly made his presence felt in the SEC this year. Jadeveon has compiled 12 solo tackles and 17 assists; he also has five sacks and two forced fumbles. Often times it can be more difficult to quantify the contribution of defensive players based on stats alone, with that said, such is the case for Jadeveon. His presence alone has changed the whole complexion of how teams prepare against Carolina.










#3 Isaiah Crowell RB Georgia

5-11 215 lbs

Columbus, Ga.

Isaiah came to UGA as the cherry on top of what analyst called “The Dream Team” recruiting class; he was the #1 RB in the land out of High School. Despite at times having difficulty endearing himself to Georgia fans; partly for off field indiscretions and partly because of durability questions. Isaiah has been everything he was billed to be and more. When you consider that with potentially four games remaining for UGA, Isaiah is poised to become only the second freshman back in UGA history to eclipse 1000 yards, the other being a guy by the name of Herschel. UGA fans are still waiting on that one signature long run and with games against Kentucky and Georgia Tech remaining; they might not have to wait much longer. Isaiah currently has 821 yards rushing and five TD’S; he also is averaging almost 10 yards a catch in receiving with 1 TD.










#2 De’Anthony Thomas  RB Oregon

5’9  160lbs

Los Angeles, CA.

De’Anthony Thomas aka “The Black Mamba”, apparently this nickname was given to him by none other than Snoop Dog; he definitely wins the prize for coolest nickname. This electrifying talent created quit a buzz even before arriving in Eugene, dissing Lane Kiffin and Southern Cal. and changing his commitment to Oregon in the 11th hour. De’Anthony has proven he is a multipurpose threat at any time in Chip Kelly’s high powered offense. De’Anthony has compiled an impressive 366 yards and 5 TD’s rushing and 423 yards and 7 TD’s receiving; talk about balanced. Oregon has climbed back into BCS contention and a big part of this is the contribution of De’Anthony Thomas.











#1 Sammy Watkins WR Clemson

6-1 180 lbs

Fort Meyers. Fl.

Dabo Swinney had a Top 10 recruiting class at Clemson this past year, and the crown jewel in that class was Sammy Watkins. It goes without saying that Sammy’s contributions are a big reason why Clemson will be playing for an ACC Championship in December and an outside shot at the BCS Championship game. Sammy is another one of those dual threat guys that every time he touches the ball he is a threat to score, and score he has. With his speed that kills, he has compiled 1034 yards receiving and 10 TD’s, with a phenomenal 15 yards a touch. Sammy also currently has 165 yards rushing at 7 yards a touch. With these kinds’ of numbers and the difference he has made for Clemson, Sammy is my #1 pick.



OK all you FREAKS out there, I want your feedback on this………………



3 Comments for this entry

  1. will says:

    you guys def missing out brett smith from wyo. he literally carried his team to become bowl eligible

  2. gabriel says:

    nice game sammy had

  3. gabriel says:

    sammy is the man

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