Our college football expert analyst discusses incoming freshmen capable of being immediate impact players this season. Go inside to read this edifying and enlightening article.
College Football Impact Freshmen
The college football season is nearly upon us, and it's become time to discuss freshmen that can potentially develop into immediate impact players. Last year we saw UCLA freshmen quarterback Josh Rosen throw for 3669 yards and 23 touchdowns, while also leading his team to a solid 8-5 season through 13 starts. Is there another Rosen out there for this upcoming season? Well, I have three such players in mind that will indeed have an opportunity to do so.
Jacob Eason (QB/Georgia)
Georgia's passing game was less than inspiring a season ago. They ranked #104 nationally in passing offense at 185.1 yards per game, and the Bulldogs were 12th relating to that category during SEC play. They do return Greyson Lambert who made 12 starts last year. However, don't be shocked if first-year head coach Kirby Smart opts to go with Eason right from the start. Even if that's not the case, it's a matter of when and not if Eason takes over the reins. The highly touted youngster has good size at 6'5 and 235 pounds, while also possessing a cannon for an arm. By midseason, you can be rest assured Eason will affect college football betting odds pertaining to Georgia games, compared to that at the onset of the 2016 campaign.
Ed Oliver (DE/Houston)
Tom Herman performed a Houdini act by landing the 5-star recruit, Ed Oliver. It's very rare that a football program outside the power five conferences is able to do so. Oliver (6'2/290) has an extraordinary combination of speed and power coming off the edge. Considering he'll be facing American Athletic Conference competition for the vast majority of this season, expect Oliver to be a dominating force sooner rather than later. He'll just add to an already talented team that went 13-1 last season and makes the Houston Cougars even more enticing when making some of my college football picks this year.
Rashan Gary (DE/Michigan)
Four highly credible scouting services ranked Gary the #1 prospect for 2016. That type of unanimous acclaim and recognition can't be taken lightly. He'll be attempting to earn significant playing time on a Michigan Wolverines defensive unit that ranked 5th nationally in yards allowed per game last year. Nonetheless, they'll need to replace both of their starting defensive ends from a season ago, and the door will be wide open for Gary to be an immediate impact player. If he's not inserted into the starting lineup right away, it will be just a matter of time before that transpires.