Freshman on Display

A few CFB rookies make noise in the seasons 1st weekend

by Three Point Stance Managing Editor Brandon Rush | @BrandonRush |

Stepping foot on the field for your chosen university, often times before even attending a class, can be a daunting task. But when you perform the way some freshman did over the weekend, you can assure yourself acclimating to college life pretty quickly.

Here is a quick look at some of the big performances from these players bursting onto the scene.

Maryland wide receiver Jeshaun Jones announced his presence against a blue blood, scoring three touchdowns (one rushing, one receiving, and throwing a touchdown pass) in the Terps 34-29 win against Texas. Jones became the first true freshman to post that scoring hat trick in 12 years (Freddie Barns – Bowling Green vs FIU in 2006).

Purdue freshman wide receiver Rondale Moore set a school record for all-purpose yards in a single game, finishing with 313 yards while scoring two touchdowns including a dazzling fly sweep for a 76-yard touchdown late in the first half against Northwestern.

USC quarterback JT Daniels became only the second true freshman to start a season opener for the Trojans. Daniels, the 2017 Gatorade Football Player of the Year, got off to a slow start but finished 22 of 35 passing for 282 and a touchdown in USC’s season opening win against UNLV.

Honorable Mentions to Wake Forest QB Sam Hartman (31 of 51, 378yds, 2 td in win at Tulane), Minnesota QB Zack Annexstad (16 of 33, 220yds, 2tds in win against New Mexico State), UCLA RB Azmeir Allen (5 carries, 103yds, 1td), Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence (9 of 15, 137yds, 3tds), and Arkansas LB (and All-Name Team Captain) Bumper Pool (6 tackles, 1 pass defended).


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