DGB picked to have biggest impact

February, 17, 2012
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The readers have once again spoken and Dorial Green-Beckham was picked in our poll to have the biggest impact of this year's crop of true freshmen.

With more than 6,500 votes cast, Missouri's top signee ran away with it by grabbing 41 percent of the vote. It's hard to go against the readers on this one. DGB has been compared to A.J. Green, Calvin Johnson and Julio Jones, and he seems to have the intangibles to be the Tigers' deep threat they're still searching for in the offense. Recent history has shown us that freshmen receivers can make instant impacts, so that's good news for Missouri and DGB.

Next was South Carolina receiver Shaq Roland, who received 26 percent of the vote. Like DGB, he looks to have the ability to make very early contributions to his future team. The Gamecocks will be without Alshon Jeffery and are looking for a standout at the position. They didn't see anyone not named Jeffery step up last year, so this is an open race and you better believe Roland will be heavily involved.

Georgia running back Keith Marshall placed third with 23 percent of the vote. Marshall showed in high school that he can be quite a headache for defenders when he's in space. He's already on campus, so the hope is that he'll push Isaiah Crowell from the start. He's getting a head start on Georgia's playbook and that's always a plus for freshmen.

Florida offensive tackle D.J. Humphries was next with 6 percent of the vote, while Kentucky quarterback Patrick Towles received just 4 percent. I thought Towles' numbers would be higher in this poll because he has a real shot to take over at the quarterback spot if he has a successful offseason.

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