Freshman Focus 3 Time of the year once AGAIN to take a gander at how are young freshman are making impacts the world of the OFFL West. The standouts..... USC - RE Brian Buchanan Stats: 25 Tackles, 8 TFL, 5 Sacks Synopsis: Brian is making a huge impact on the USC line as freshman leading the team with 5 sacks. He has pressure on him to perform with a lack of depth on Hova's Dline and he has done nothing but impress. Let's see if he can continue his hot streak of play. VA Tech - QB Rashuan Smith Stats: 224.3 Passer Rating, 53/71 935 Yards 9 TDs, 1 INT Synopsis: Smith is having a huge season filling in as the TRUE freshman hokie starter. He has a 75% completion percentage with 9 TDs on the season. Perhaps his most impressive stat is his 1 INT. He may lack the physical skills of a great QB but he takes care of the ball. VA Tech - FS Jeremiah Adkins Stats: 50 Tackles, 9 TFL, Sack, 3 INTs Synopsis: A Safety with terrible ball skills yet still has 3 INTs. He is playing above his rating in pass coverage and his proving his great tackling ability with a team leading 50 tackles on the season. Adkins is a true freshman who is already the clear cut leader of the hokie defense. UCLA - TE Matt Wallace Stats: 20 Rec, 212 Yds, 3 TDs, 2 Pancakes Synopsis: Wallace is playing great ball for a freshman at the TE position for UCLA. He is tied with the team lead of 3 TDs and is making a great target for QB Cannon. He is also doing work in the trenches amassing 2 pancakes on the season. Let's see if he can continue to play good for Coach Recchem. Penn St - WR Terrance Brown Stats: 28 Rec, 657 Yds, 9 TDs, 7 Drops Synopsis: Looks like the Nittany Lions have found another stud WR, but one with Iron hands. He is finding the endzone ALOT as a freshman but also has 7 drops. Despite the drops (SUPRISE SUPRISE) he finds himself atop the Hiesman watch, a familiar home for Penn St Wideouts. Let's see if he can keep the drops down and become that young superstar we are so used to seeing out in PA. Oklahoma - WR Andy Marks Stats: 41 Rec, 754 Yds, 5 TDs, 6 Drops Synopsis: This kid is getting it done. Minus the 6 drops he has collected 41 Receptions already on the season and has found the endzone 5 times. If he keeps up this pace he may very well get 100 Receptions on the season, a huge milestone for a rookie. Let's see if he can be more efficient with the ball as the season moves on. Nebraska - WR Ross Cooley Stats: 35 Rec, 449 Yds, 4 TDs, 2 Drops Synopsis: Now Ross is what you call a sure handed Wideout. He has only 2 drops on the season with 35 Receptions. He is also finding the endzone and is shaping out to have a great season. He is undersized but is almost playing better than any young Wideout in the nation. Miami - HB Andrew Ellis Stats: 80 Carries, 334 Yards, 6 TDs Synopsis: Andrew is having a great season carrying the load for the hurricanes. With his blazing speed he is leading the backfield attack. He has 334 Yards and 6 TDs on the season and is also catching a few passes with 116 yards in catches. Let's see if he can continue to progress as the dominate back at Miami. Miami - MLB Marcus Mcdougal Stats: 20 Tackles, 2 TFL, 3 INTS, Synopsis: Rather surprising to see a Freshman MLB make an impact but this kid is. He is not making the big tackles like you would love to see but he is making plays on the ball. A rare talent in Miami with 3 INTs along with a fumble recovery. The kid knows how to find the ball, hopefully he can find it a few more times. Florida St - SS Brandon Hogan Stats: 30 Tackles, 1 TFL, 1 INT, 1 FUM REC Synopsis: Brandon Hogan, a possible descendant of Hulk Hogan (If he were white), is having a strong season in the Seminole secondary. He has a strong 30 tackles along with a big Interception. He is fitting in nicely to make a great tandem at the Safety position down in Florida. Hopefully he can make a few more big plays to carry that FSU defense down the line. Top 5 1. QB Rashuan Smith 2. WR Ross Cooley 3. FS Jeremiah Adkins 4. WR Terrance Brown 5. HB Andrew Ellis We are now right in the thick of conference play, the pressure is heating up for the freshman, How will they react?