It’s still very early in the football season, but there are a few fuzzy cheeked freshmen who have asserted themselves as legitimate playmakers.
Quarterback Daniel Jones with the Duke Blue Devils, 6-foot-5, 210 pounder, has already tossed for 800 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions. He is the country’s 22nd ranked passer, completing 61.3 percent of his throws. Head coach David Cutcliffe’s team will face a stiff challenge this weekend when they travel to South Bend.
A few notches behind Jones is another freshman, Texas freshman Shane Buechele (6-1 191), who leads the Longhorns with 720 yards, seven touchdowns and two picks through the air. He is completing 66.3 percent of his attempts.
Ohio State lost Ezekiel Elliott, the school’s second ranked all time rusher. Freshman running back Michael Weber has filled those shoes quickly, ranking as the country’s 13th best runner with 351 yards and a 6.5 yards per tote. He had 136 yards in his college debut against Bowling Green. Against the Oklahoma Sooners in Norman, he tallied for 123 yards on the ground. The undefeated Buckeyes feel comfortable with Weber thus far.
A pair of freshman defensive players are opening eyes as well.
Florida defensive end Jabari Zuniga already has accumulated four sacks along with eight tackles in three games. The Gators are the top sack team in college football with 16 total. The Florida defense is stout, allowing a mere 4.7 points, 42 yards on the ground and 87 yards through the air per outing.
Iowa’s 6-foot-7, 250 pound end Anthony Nelson has 10 tackles and four sacks.
Incidentally, LSU has 11 sacks, placing them second in the SEC and 10th nationally. Arden Key is currently the top sacker in the league with five.
IN THE CARDS…
The upstart Louisville Cardinals are all the rage in college football these days. They are averaging 346 yards per game on the ground and 333.3 yards by air. I’d say that’s fairly balanced.
Louisville travels to Marshall this weekend, but the following weekend will be quite a matchup when the Cardinals invade Clemson. We will know then exactly how good U of L really is.