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Has the conventional wisdom changed on true freshmen succeeding in college football?

Discussion in 'Colorado Football Message Board' started by Buffnik, Aug 29, 2012.

  1. Buffnik

    Buffnik Real name isn't Nik Club Member Junta Member

    Mar 20, 2009
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    I saw that CL34 posted the following on 247sports (no link provided):

    "Last season, 36 FBS teams played ten or more true freshmen. Of the 21 teams that played more than ten, Colorado was an outlier, as the average record was 7-6 and nearly half of those teams won between eight and eleven games. The old adage about losing a game for every freshman you play seems to be about as timely as the wing-T."

    When you look at the most successful programs, they have no fear of putting freshmen on the field and it works for them.

    Talent wins.
  2. leftybuff

    leftybuff Iconoclast Club Member

    Jul 21, 2005
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    IMO, with players leaving early for the NFL, the 85 schollie limit and what seems like higher academic casualties (excepting the SEC of course), more frosh see the field now.
  3. BuffLuKe

    BuffLuKe Club Member Club Member

    Nov 30, 2006
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    I think they are more prepared than they have ever been. In alot of places, its damn near a year round sport. Kids seem to be bigger every year as well. Watching that Virginia team over the weekend, it was impressive to see that many kids so mature physically, alot of them were kids by age only.
  4. Goose

    Goose Hoops Moderator Club Member Junta Member

    Aug 25, 2005
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  5. sackman

    sackman Club Member Club Member

    Jul 8, 2005
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    You can put freshmen into certain positions and they'll do fine. DB, RB and WR are all positions where a freshman can come in and have an immediate impact. It's harder, but not impossible for a freshman to have an immediate impact on the DL or LB. It's pretty uncommon to see a freshman QB or OL. It happens, but not very often, and usually it's because the team is desperate. You don't have to be desperate to put a freshman at WR or DB.
  6. MrFrumpylane

    MrFrumpylane Well-Known Member

    May 5, 2008
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    Nice, that potentially bodes well for us.

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