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Tuesday, June 11, 2013
SEC first-year players to watch

By Edward Aschoff

The days of freshmen football players going through the motions are long gone, as every year true freshmen are asked to do more and more for their respective teams.

Mo stars, mo problems.

Tray Matthews
Tray Matthews is almost a lock to start and impressed the coaching staff during the spring.
A few true freshmen really jumped onto the scene the right way last year. Todd Gurley, T.J. Yeldon and Jeremy Hill had exceptional seasons at the running back spot. Alabama's Amari Cooper finished the year as one of the SEC's top receivers, while Florida found quite the third down pass-rusher in Dante Fowler Jr.

Yet again, a solid bunch of true freshmen could make immediate impacts this fall. Here are five to keep an eye on (in alphabetical order) in 2013: