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Impact true freshmen

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  1. RSSBot

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    By Ted Miller

    [​IMG]While recruiting rankings are more accurate than not, they can only tell us so much. We don't know how guys will respond when they arrive on campus and suddenly are bigger and faster than everyone they play against.

    Plenty of four- and five-star guys struggle, and plenty of two-star guys make an immediate impact.

    So, with preseason camps winding down,*which true freshmen are in line to start or see significant playing time?

    Here's a list, though please understand it will be incomplete.

    Arizona
    CB Cortez Johnson
    RB Ka'Deem Carey
    LB Hank Hobson
    LB Rob Hankins
    DB Tramayne Bodurant

    Note: None likely to start but each could be in a*regular rotation.

    Arizona State
    S Ezekiel Bishop
    LB Isreal Marshall

    Note: The Sun Devils are a veteran team so their are few voids on the depth chart. Mike Bercovici could end up the No. 2 QB. Injuries at LB opened door for Marshall.

    California
    LB Chris McCain
    LB Cecil Whiteside
    CB Stefan McClure
    DT Viliami Moala
    S Avery Walls

    Note: Cal has closed practices so good information is limited. McCain has been the biggest surprise. McClure injured his thumb and will be in a cast for a bit, which might hurt his prospects. This list every well could be longer because it appears most of the incoming freshman are living up to their advanced billing.

    Colorado
    WR Tyler McCulloch
    CB Greg Henderson
    OG Paulay Asiata
    SS Kyle Washington
    K Will Oliver
    P Darragh O'Neill

    Note: McCulloch is listed as a co-starter and has been compared to Ed McCaffrey. Henderson has won a starting job as have Oliver and O'Neill. The Buffs have never had two true freshmen manning both specialists spots.

    Oregon
    TE Colt Lyerla
    RB De'Anthony Thomas

    Note: RB**Tra Carson, a 220 pounds, also could fill the "big" back role, but he still figures to be the fourth RB option. Lyerla is David Paulson's likely backup. Thomas is too good to sit.

    Oregon State
    RB Malcolm Agnew
    WR Brandin Cooks
    RB Terron Ward
    S Tyrequek Zimmerman
    K Trevor Romaine

    Note:*Romaine, a grayshirt,*is the only sure starter here, but Agnew and Ward are almost certain to get touches. Cooks is a threat to beat out Darrell Catchings at flanker (where James Rodgers will play when he comes back).

    Stanford
    WR Ty Montgomery
    LB James Vaughters
    CB Wayne Lyons

    Note: None of this troika appear headed for the starting lineup -- in week one at least -- but all three have been impressive and will see significant action.

    UCLA
    OL Jacob Brendel
    WR Devin Lucien

    Note: Neither is likely to start -- both play positions with plenty of veteran players -- but both should see action.

    USC
    WR Marqise Lee
    OG Aundrey Walker
    LB Lamar Dawson
    RB Amir Carlisle

    Note: A bit of a surprise that Lee and not George Farmer is the standout freshman receiver of preseason camp. Walker could win a starting job at some point this year. Dawson will backup Chris Galippo, who has a fairly lengthy injury history. Keeping up with the RB competition has been difficult, but it seems unlikely Carlisle will redshirt.

    Utah
    DE Nate Fakahafua
    RB Harvey Langi
    DB Eric Rowe

    Note: Rowe is currently a starting safety. Fakahafua is pressing to start. Langi has the talent to start but will at least get plenty of touches.

    Washington
    TE Austin Seferian-Jenkins
    WR Kasen Williams
    LB John Timu
    DT Danny Shelton

    Note: Seferian-Jenkins and Timu look like starters. Williams and Shelton have been so impressive they will be in the regular rotation from game one.

    Washington State
    LB Chester Su’a
    LB Darryl Monroe

    Note: Both are in line to provide depth, but it's a good sign for the Cougars that the depth chart isn't littered with true freshmen.

    Originally posted by ESPN.com - Pac-10 Blog
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  2. Burrito Palazzo

    Burrito Palazzo huff my smug Club Member

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    What about Daigh, Nembot, & Parker?
     
  3. BehindEnemyLines

    BehindEnemyLines beware the habu Club Member

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    I'm sure they'll see the field, but maybe not as much as the others. Prolly why they're not on this list.
     
  4. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

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    Lots of familiar names on the lists for the other teams. I've got to get used to this in the Pac-12. We didn't really have many recruiting battles against Big 12 teams.
     

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