5 Freshman College Football Studs Who Could Emerge in Week 4

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5 Freshman College Football Studs Who Could Emerge in Week 4

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New faces, new players and fresh talent grace college football programs all over the country. These players are eager to not just play football, but they really make a difference for their respective programs. After getting their feet wet the first couple weeks, Week 4 could bring some breakout stars and some could continue to rise above the pack.

In the past, it was rare that freshman made a big difference. But now, after the breakout year that Heisman winner Johnny Manziel had last season, it is evident that freshman can really make an impact on not only a single game, but an entire season. Manziel has set the precedent for future freshman. The Heisman is a possibility, but which players will take advantage of opportunities? Although there are no freshman Heisman front-runners yet, there is plenty of time to prove what they are worth.

Taking advantage of opportunities is really what all freshman need to be able to do. The more chances they get, the greater chance they have of catching eyes. You may or may not have heard of some of these names, but each has the potential to make it to the big leagues.

We are still at Week 4. Last season, Manziel didn’t become the famed “Johnny Football” till after he was able to defeat Alabama in Week 11. Just the same, these players may not make a name for themselves this week, but could certainly be well on their way to doing so.

Which players will make the biggest difference or at least the potential to be a game changer?

Lahari Subraveti is a football writer for RantSports.com. Follow her on twitter @Lahari_S.

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5. Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State

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Florida State's Winston has been one of the most exciting quarterbacks this season. His numbers are off the charts: 570 yards on the season, six TDs and one INT. Winston’s ability to make plays, in and out of the pocket set him apart. The Seminoles face the MEAC’s, Bethune-Cookman, giving Winston an even greater chance to show what he has got. If his numbers are just as impressive, the word Heisman may start to come to mind.

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4. MarQuez North, WR, Tennessee

MarQuez North, WR, Tennessee
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North has made some incredible catches already, but hasn’t been utilized enough to make a difference for the Tennessee Vols. This week against Florida may be the prime time to prove his worth. Unfortunately for North, quarterback Justin Worley hasn’t been on target and the offense in general as been weak. North has enough talent to be the next go-to target; it is just a matter of if the quarterback can get the ball into his general area. Although the Vols play a tough defense in the Florida Gators, North may be receiving catches from a new quarterback this week, as the Vols have announced that the quarterback position is up for grabs.

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3. Jordan Mastrogiovanni, LB, Texas A&M

Jordan Mastrogiovanni, LB, Texas A&M
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As evidenced by the loss to Alabama, Texas A&M has a lot to improve on defense. Mastrogiovanni could be A&M’s answer. This week, the Aggies play instate and nonconference rival, SMU. Mastrogiovanni has had eight tackles on the season, and was considered one of the strongest inside linebackers in Texas. His ability on zone coverage is dominant and his size helps with run blocking as well. Although much of A&M’s defense was suspended earlier this season, Mastrogiovanni should be out on the field, as he could be the next big thing.

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2. Vernon Hargreaves III, DB, Florida

Vernon Hargreaves III, DB, Florida
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Hargreaves was the No. 1 cornerback in the country out of high school. Hargreaves recorded one interception against Toledo and three tackles against Miami. After pretty decent numbers for his first two games, Hargreaves has a chance to make a big impact against Tennessee this week. Even though Tennessee has a strong front five, the rest of their deflated offense will allow Hargreaves to make many more plays, especially when Florida decides to blitz.

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1. Altee Tenpenny, RB, Alabama

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Tenpenny has been leading the freshman Alabama Crimson Tide running back group including the much-anticipated Derrick Henry. This week against Colorado State could be the opportunity for himself to separate himself even more. The Tide have boasted all offseason for significant depth at the running back position after star running back Eddie Lacy was drafted in the 2013 NFL draft to the Green Bay Packers. Sophomore T.J. Yeldon has definitely proved that he can make an impact, but the rotating back option for the Tide would just make them an even stronger competitor. Tenpenny has a perfect chance to take advantage of time, as Yeldon is reportedly suspended for a quarter of the Colorado St. game.

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