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The ESPN.com True Freshman All-America Team

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Three Longhorns are Freshman All-Americans (2:16)

Three Texas players were named to ESPN's Freshman All-American first-team, the most among any program. College football reporter Chris Low joins Adrienne Lawrence to break down the roster. (2:16)

Most of us are eager to take a peek into the future.

Well, we've got your college football future covered with the ESPN.com True Freshman All-America Team.

Alabama and Texas lead the way with three players apiece on the team. It's further proof the Crimson Tide continue to stockpile talent at a dizzying pace. And maybe the outlook in Austin isn't as bleak as some might lead you to believe if the Longhorns will hang in there with Charlie Strong.

Here's a look at the entire team:

OFFENSE

QB Josh Rosen, UCLA

His debut against Virginia was dazzling, when Rosen threw for 351 yards and three touchdowns, and even though he didn't keep up that pace, he still had a stellar freshman season with 3,349 yards, 20 touchdowns and nine interceptions, completing 59.5 percent of his passes.


RB Saquon Barkley, Penn State

Even in a short season, Barkley set the Penn State freshman rushing record with 1,007 yards, averaging 6.1 yards per carry. He had only one carry in the opener and missed two more games because of injury. Those in and around the Penn State program insist he has only scratched the surface of how good he can be.

RB Myles Gaskin, Washington

Buried on the depth chart to start the season, Gaskin ran his way to the top and finished with 1,121 yards and 10 touchdowns. Keep in mind he was also playing alongside a true freshman quarterback, and 928 of Gaskin's yards came in Pac-12 games. He averaged 5.6 yards per carry in league play.


WR Calvin Ridley, Alabama

Julio Jones and Amari Cooper were recent first-round draft picks at receiver for Alabama, and Ridley could be next. He led the Tide with 75 catches, including five for touchdowns, and came up with his share of timely catches. See the fourth quarter of the Tennessee game.

WR Christian Kirk, Texas A&M

He was Mr. Excitement for the Aggies and named by the SEC coaches as the SEC Freshman of the Year. Kirk had 1,659 all-purpose yards, ranking fifth-best in Texas A&M history, and led the team with 70 catches. He had six touchdown catches and two more touchdowns on punt returns


WR Deon Cain, Clemson

It didn't happen overnight, but Cain emerged as the Tigers' top deep threat the last part of the season, which was critical after Mike Williams went down in the opener because of a neck injury. Cain averaged 17.1 yards per catch, and all five of his touchdowns came in the team's last nine regular-season games.


OT Connor Williams, Texas

The Longhorns' starting left tackle from day one, the 6-foot-5, 283-pound Williams was one of two true freshman starters in Texas' offensive line this season. He wasn't a highly rated recruit but enrolled early and played beyond his years.

OT Mitch Hyatt, Clemson

Hyatt started all 13 games for the No. 1 Tigers at left tackle and became the first true freshman offensive lineman to ever start the opening game. Hyatt's average grade was 88 percent, and he was named ACC Offensive Lineman of the Week in the win over Florida State.


OG Maea Teuhema, LSU

The 6-5, 327-pound Teuhema was a fixture for the Tigers this season at left guard and started the last 10 games, helping block for All-American running back Leonard Fournette. He's a big reason offensive coordinator Cam Cameron says the future for the LSU offense is off the charts.

OG Patrick Vahe, Texas

Vahe was a key get for the Longhorns on the recruiting trail, and it didn't take him long to find his way into the starting lineup. He's a powerful run-blocker from his right guard position, and started Texas' first 10 games before missing the last two because of a knee injury.


C Will Noble, Houston

Noble moved into the Cougars' starting lineup in the sixth game of the season and was a steadying presence on an offensive line that paved the way for the country's 12th-ranked scoring offense (40.6 points). His 85 percent season grade led all Houston offensive linemen.

DEFENSE

DE Arden Key, LSU

One of the Tigers' most effective pass-rushers, Key led the team with nine quarterback pressures and was second with five sacks. But he also showed up in other parts of the game, according to defensive coordinator Kevin Steele, and finished tied for fifth with 38 total tackles.

DE Cece Jefferson, Florida

The Gators weren't lacking for explosive playmakers on defense, and Jefferson was a key part of that unit with 8.5 tackles for loss, including 3.5 sacks. His 5.5 tackles for loss in the final four games were more than any other Florida player during the last month of the season.

DT Terry Beckner Jr., Missouri

He was one of the most highly recruited defensive linemen in the country a year ago, and Beckner showed why this season. Even though his freshman year ended prematurely because of a torn ACL, he finished with eight tackles for loss, including three sacks.

DT Daron Payne, Alabama

Even though he didn't put up big numbers, the 6-2, 315-pound Payne was a force in the middle of the Alabama defensive line. When the Crimson Tide started a nose guard, he was the guy, which speaks volumes considering how deep and talented Alabama was up front defensively.


LB Malik Jefferson, Texas

The 6-3, 232-pound Jefferson lived up to his billing as one of the top prospects in the country. He started nine games and finished second on the team with 61 total tackles, including seven for loss. He also forced a fumble and led the Longhorns with six quarterback pressures.

LB Cameron Smith, USC

Manning one of the Trojans' inside linebacker spots, Smith tied for the team lead in total tackles with 78 total tackles despite sitting out the last three games because of a knee injury. He had three interceptions in the win over Utah and returned one for a touchdown.

LB Montrel Wilson, TCU

A safety coming out of high school, the 6-3, 208-pound Wilson blossomed at strong side linebacker in TCU's defense. He was fifth on the team with 61 total tackles, including four for loss. He has the kind of speed to be equally effective in pass coverage and against the run.


DB Kareem Orr, Arizona State

Orr, who's originally from Chattanooga, Tennessee, went a long way from home to play his college football, but he was an instant hit for the Sun Devils at free safety. He tied for the Pac-12 lead with five interceptions, returning one of those for a touchdown.

DB Minkah Fitzpatrick, Alabama

The Crimson Tide were looking for more consistency at cornerback, and they found it in Fitzpatrick. A starter for most of the season, the 6-1, 195-pound Fitzpatrick tied for the team lead with eight pass breakups and was sixth with 41 total tackles. He also had two interceptions.

DB Derwin James, Florida State

The 6-3, 212-pound James is a big, physical safety who can cover, and he hits just like a linebacker. In seven starts for the Seminoles, he racked up 77 total tackles, which was second on the team, and also had 7.5 tackles for loss and two forced fumbles.

DB Jordan Whitehead, Pittsburgh

Whitehead was good enough for the Panthers that they also used him some at running back, where he scored a pair of touchdowns. He was a star at safety, leading the team with 99 total tackles and earning ACC Rookie of the Year honors.

SPECIAL TEAMS

AP Antonio Callaway, Florida

His most memorable play was the 63-yard catch and run for a touchdown to beat Tennessee in the final minutes, one of four touchdown catches by Callaway, but he also had two punt returns for a touchdowns.


K Justin Yoon, Notre Dame

After missing a pair of kicks in his first two games in a Notre Dame uniform, Yoon regrouped to make his last 12 and finished the season 15-of-17 on field goal attempts. Not bad for somebody who had no idea what football really was as recently as six years ago.


P Austin Seibert, Oklahoma

Seibert was plenty busy this season and also handled the Sooners' place-kicking duties, going 17-of-22 on field goal attempts. He was second in the Big 12 in punting, averaging 42.4 yards per punt. Twenty of his 51 punts were downed inside the 20, and 27 more resulted in fair catches.