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What Freshman are making an impact for your teams this season?
Darius was recruited as an athelete and has found a niche as a Dime DB. He has contributed 5 tackles and an INT. Sam was thrusted into a starting role at Stong Safety. His tackles are a little low but that could be due to the production of the Vol front 7. He has 1 INT on the year. Eric immediately stepped into a starting position at Right Guard. There will be some growing pains but he has held his own as well as could be expected for a freshman in the SEC trenches.(Don't know why Dynasty Wire will only show defensive stats for him) Deshawn took over the placekicker position for the graduated Palardy. He is an accurate kicker though does leave something to be desired in the distance department.
Penn State's Freshman Contributors QB - Nick Kirby Kirby was given the starting role early and has absolutely proven his worth. With a QB Rating of 182.4, his ability as a passer are proving to be better then expected. However, his ability to make a play on his feet is what sets him apart from the rest of the roster. Season Stats:: 30 for 59 681 YDs 8 TDs 3 INTs, 38 Rushes 149 YDs 1 TD TE - Ross Griffin Griffin was given the starting spot due to a lack of depth at the TE position, but he has come out and shown the country what he can do. His redzone presence and ability to come through in the clutch makes Griffin a sure thing to be a playmaker for the Nittany Lions for the coming years. Season Stats:: 6 Recs 154 YDs 1 TD, 6 Pancakes LT - Johnny Medley Medley was a late addition to last season's class, but he is an early add on to the depth chart. This offensive line began to thin out and the presence of Medley has certainly shown in the offense. Season Stats:: 2 Pancakes SS - Curtis Heinz Heinz was offered in anticipation of being RS'd this season. However, he showed up in camp and worked extremely hard to become the Nittany Lions starting SS and the coaching staff is glad he did. Season Stats:: 16 Tkls 3 TFLs 4 Pass Defs 1 INT 1 FF MLB - Marion Washington Washington is not an every down LB. He comes in during sub packages and for run stopping situations. He has shown that he will be just another great addition to the LB U family. Season Stats: 4 Tkls 1 TFL 1 Sack K - Dan Johnson Johnson has been forced into the starting K role for FG's and that is only due to the fact that there are no other K's on the team. He has officially taken the role of short range specialist as his deep ball is just not up to par yet. Season Stats: 4/6 FGs, Long of 36
Freshman Impact: Nolen is putting together quiet a season. His 2 INTs through 4 games is enough to hold a share of the team lead. Despite a few miscues, hes definitely held his own in a tough spot, having to jump right into the CB2 role.
Iowa's Impact Freshman Berry had a big impact in the Red Zone the first couple weeks of the season. He had 3 TD's from inside the 20 the first two games of the season. He also is a big component in the running game. John Paul Lewis and Brent Higdon are both playing a big role in the Nickel/Dime defenses. Their play this season will determine who will step into the starting spot at CB2 and who will remain in the Nickel/Dime package.
Chris Frye saw his first meaningful action against the UGA Bulldogs in Tennessee's big 21-18 win. He relieved Justin Worley after Worley took a big hit and was shaken up. Frye converted a big 3rd down with a 13 yard read option keeper and then set up one of the Vols 2 offensive TD's with a nice corner route to the TE for 16 yards. That set the Vols up with a 1st and goal from the 3.
Sam made his 2nd career pick which turned into his first collegiate TD when he took it to the house to give Tennessee a 7-0 lead in a tight win over UGA.
Nolen has been an absolute beast all season. His coverage skill has been great and he leads the team in interceptions. We're expecting big things from Nolen in the upcoming seasons.
UPDATE:Berry has stepped up his production, and came through with a crucial TD against Northwestern late in the game. He was pretty quiet against Wisconsin though he did provide a great punch in the run game. Lewis had the game of his career so far against Wisconsin. In the game, Lewis managed 3 solo tackles, 1 tackle for loss, 1 forced fumble, 1 blocked FG to end the first half, and 1 interception returned for a TD to seal the game. Higdon has been a force in the Dime, picking up a couple more sacks, and his first INT of the year against Northwestern.
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