Tuesday, August 25, 2015

Fab Five Players To Watch For In The 2015 College Football Season

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One of the storylines that can go under the radar each season are the freshmen on each team and who could emerge as major players.

Here are the "Fab Five" players who could break out in their freshmen campaigns:

1) Jerrod Heard, Texas QB:

With the Longhorns switching their offense more to a spread emphasis, expect the freshman to split reps with Tyrone Swoopes in the opener at Notre Dame on Sept. 5.

After being redshirted last season, Heard could have the advantage of watching from the sidelines and grasping the dimensions of Texas' spread attack.

At Guyer High School (Denton, Texas), Heard collected two-time first-team all state honors.

2) Josh Rosen, UCLA QB:

Hailed as the next great quarterback by fans and coaches across the country, Josh Rosen is looking to follow in the steps of UCLA players such as Brent Hundley, Cade McNown and Troy Aikman.

At St. John Bosco H.S. (Manhattan Baech, Calif.), Rosen amassed 8,473 passing yards and 80 touchdowns.

3) Malik Jefferson, Texas LB:

By enrolling in January to get an early start on grasping the Longhorns' defense, Malik Jefferson could be the difference-maker for a team desperately in need of regaining their old swagger.

Jefferson brings a ton of accolades to Austin as he was a two-time all-state honoree and selected to the 2015 Under Armour All-America Game.

Scout ranked Jefferson No. 4 nationally and No. 1 in Texas as a senior.

4) Jabrill Peppers, Michigan DB:

The redshirt freshman defensive back returns after appearing in three games and accounting for eight tackles last season before being shut down due to injury. 

Consider this a do-over for Peppers, who is looking to live up to the hype which a made him a legend in high school.

At Paramus Catholic and Don Bosco Prepatory High Schools in New Jersey, Peppers finished with 134 tackles on defense and rushed for 3,059 yards and 43 touchdowns on offense.

5) Will Grier, Florida QB:

Even with a definitive starting quarterback not named yet at Florida, expect Will Grier to split snaps with Treon Harris to start the season.

If the redshirt freshman manages to win the starting job, then expect some gaudy numbers to be put up.

At Davidson Day High School (Davidson, N.C.), Grier's 14,565 yards through the air tallies second in North Carolina state history behind former Gators quarterback Chris Leak. 

On top of those stats, Grier won back-to-back Gatorade North Carolina Player of the Year honors as a junior and senior.

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