Top 10 Impact True Freshmen For 2010

Sharrif Floyd, UF

It’s always hard to predict exactly how true freshmen will turn out–and there are a ton of them out there to evaluate–but I think these 10 players have the best chance to make major impacts in 2010:

Sharrif Floyd, DT, Florida–I think Floyd will eventually start for the Gators this year at defensive tackle.  At 6-3, 310 and ‘looking like he just got out of prison’ (according to teammate Chris Rainey), he shouldn’t have a problem adjusting to the strength of opposing offensive linemen.  Future top five pick.

Michael Dyer, RB, Auburn–The Auburn offensive scheme will provide plenty of open-space opportunities for this squat, powerful, slippery back to succeed.  His versatility and north-south mentality should make him an instant star. 

Jake Heaps, QB, BYU–While Heaps has not nailed down the starting job just yet for the Cougars, he should play quite a bit as a freshman.  He probably has the best chance of any of the true freshman quarterbacks out there to really make a name for himself in 2010.

Lache Seastrunk, RB, Oregon–Even though Oregon returns LaMichael James, the Duck scheme has no problem producing two highly-productive ball carriers at a time.  I expect the diminutive Seastrunk to serve as a lightning quick change of pace back and average over seven yards per carry.

Kenny Stills, WR, Oklahoma–Stills was one of the stars of the spring for the Sooners and should lock down one of the receiver spots opposite Ryan Broyles.  He’s a spindly but deceptively strong player with a great feel for the game.  He runs good routes and has excellent hands.  He could end up being the next big thing at wide out for OU.

William Gholston, DE/OLB, Michigan State–He looks like a pterodactyl with his 6-7, 250-pound build.  He runs like a much smaller man.  He’ll start right away for the Spartans and become one of the Big Ten’s best defenders sooner rather than later.

Woods might be the fastest receiver in this year’s frosh class

Robert Woods, WR, USC–One of the fastest players in this year’s recruiting class and a high-level track athlete (21.04 in the 200m, 46.17 in the 400m).  As naturally gifted as they come and the jewel of a very impressive USC freshman receiver class.

Jeff Luc, LB, Florida State–Possesses ridiculous physical tools for a linebacker.  Built like a mack truck with outstanding burst and closing speed.  Should be the anchor of the ‘Noles defense for the next three seasons.

Trovon Reed, WR, Auburn–A fantastic athlete who should make his mark at receiver for the Tigers, but will likely be used all over the field in Gus Malzahn’s offense.  A dangerous weapon with the ball in his hands, he could see some snaps as a Wildcat quarterback.

Keenan Allen, WR/DB, California–Allen should immediately shore up the Bears wide receiving corps and also provide a boost as a kickoff and punt returner.  He could have the same kind of impact DeSean Jackson had as a freshman for Cal.

Just missed the cut: Malcolm Jones, UCLA; Dillon Baxter, USC; Seantrel Henderson, Miami; Ronald Powell, Florida; Jordan Hicks, Texas; LaMarcus Joyner, Florida State; Ahmad Dixon, Baylor; Pete Thomas, Colorado State; Ross Apo, BYU; Anthony Barr, UCLA

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8 Responses to Top 10 Impact True Freshmen For 2010

  1. slippy August 10, 2010 at 7:30 am #

    What about the other big WR from USC? Kyle Prater I think? He looks like he could be a big deal…but I’ve heard nothing from USC practices this year.

    Trying to think of other Big 10 guys to add since it’s what I know best but it’s an old, experienced league this year so I’m not really sure.

  2. HP August 10, 2010 at 1:54 pm #

    Prater appears to be a disappointment compared to the other USC frosh WRs.

  3. CloroxingTheGenePool August 12, 2010 at 12:29 pm #

    What’s the nature of Dillon Baxter’s drug suspension? Performance enhancing, marajuana, or what?

    • Heismanpundit August 12, 2010 at 1:53 pm #


  4. AUman76 August 12, 2010 at 9:39 pm #

    Dyer will get some touches but to stay on the field longer he has to do as most freshmen have to do….BLOCK. Word is he’s a quick learner but we’ll all have to wait and see. So far as Reed at WR……we are absolutely loaded at the position so he’ll be used sparingly early on but as the season progesses he’ll see more playin time. Injuries could have him playing a key rll by season’s end but with all the offensive weapons we have more that one football may be needed. Also look for two defensive freshmen to stand out for my Tigers. At least one on the line and maybe two at LB. Gonna be a good year on the Plains. Maybe even 2004 revisited if the kids provide much needed defensive depth.

  5. Jman August 24, 2010 at 10:11 am #

    How is possible to mention Dyer, and leave Marcus Lattimore of South Carolina out of the equation? What gives with that, did you guys just forget about Lattimore?

    • Heismanpundit August 24, 2010 at 1:35 pm #

      I didn’t forget. I just don’t think Lattimore is as good, nor do I think SC’s offense is as amenable to freshman success as Auburn’s.

  6. zman September 12, 2010 at 8:25 pm #

    Well don’t you feel stupid about what you said after the first two games?