The last few years one of my daily blogs has listed all the True Freshmen at each position and given you a idea of how many actually played in their first year on campus. I will go thru each position over the next few blogs and show you how many have played the last three years, so you know what to expect out of this year’s true frosh class.
Here is a look at the top 50 RB’s that were signed in 2020. Now 2020 was an odd year as with no spring practice, the true frosh RBs could not benefit from being in early for the spring. With some conferences cancelling their seasons and then starting them up again that put them even further behind. Now in 2020 technically every RB redshirted as 2020 did not count against their eligibility so coaches were more likely to play them.
Here is a look at the Top 50 True Frosh RB from 2020 and how many played.
My original thought was that Running Back is a much easier position than Quarterback to learn and contribute immediately and that more RB’s would play immediately. Tank Bigsby (PS#7) from Auburn led the RB’s with 834 rush yards (6.0). Bijan Robinson who was a Heisman frontrunner last year was #2 with 713 rush yards and an impressive 8.2 ypc. Unlike the QB’s 36 of the 50 RB’s saw the field or 72% of the top 50 true frosh RB’s. A decent number of those frosh RB’s have hit the portal and started for other teams like Jahmyr Gibbs who went from Georgia Tech to Alabama.
Now let’s look at the 2021 True Freshmen. I know that technically all of 2020’s true frosh were still true frosh, but I will just look at the ones that were in their first year on campus. We will just look at the 2021 signing class of RB’s and how much they played.
With everyone back from Covid and unlike in 2020 if a player played more than 4 games the player would lose a year of eligibility you would think that less true frosh RB’s would play. One advantage the 2021 true frosh had was being able to be on campus for spring if they enrolled early.
Here is a look at the Top 50 True Frosh from 2021 and how many played.
Ohio State’s TreVeyon Henderson led the way with 1248 yards (6.8) and another 312 receiving yards. Houston’s Alton McCaskill was #2 with 961 rush (5.1) and 16 td’s. Clemson’s Will Shipley had 738 (5.0) rush. 34 of the top 50 true frosh RB’s got at least one carry last year which is 68%.
Last year I had already projected Nicholas Singleton as the leading rusher for Penn St this year. I said you could expect more true frosh RB’s to make an impact in 2022 than the QB list I supplied yesterday. Here is what the top 50 RB Signees did as true frosh in 2022.
Nick Singleton did indeed start and led Penn State with 1061 (6.8) but he was not the top true frosh RB. Quinshon Judkins of Ole Miss led with 1567 (5.7). Four other true frosh RB’s topped 700 yards with Jayden Ott of Cal having 897 rush and 321 receiving for over 1,000 yards total offense as did Kaytron Allen of Penn St who had 867 rush and 188 receiving. Kaleb Johnson of Iowa and Trevor Etienne of Florida both topped 700 rush.
In 2020 the top 50 true frosh RBs combined for 9079 yds rush, 80 td and 5.9 ypc.
In 2021 the top 50 true frosh RBs combined for 9651 yds rush, 96 td’s and 5.3 ypc.
The 2021 RB’s also had 1681 receiving yards.
In 2022 the top 50 true frosh RBs combined for 12205 yds rush, 117 tds and 5.2 ypc.
The 2022 RBs also had 1643 receiving yards.
It will be tough for this years group to top last years record breaking numbers but maybe the threat of the transfer portal will have coaches continue to use true frosh RB’s at a record pace.
Here is a list of this years top 50 True Frosh RB’s.
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