Freshmen wasted no time in making an impact during Week 1 action in the SEC.
Their fingerprints could be found throughout the conference, ranging from a novice quarterback taking over in Georgia to the 15 freshmen who made their debuts for LSU in its win over BYU.
Here are five freshman in the SEC who impressed during their collegiate debuts:
1. QB Jake Fromm, Georgia
Jake Fromm was thrown into action earlier than expected when the freshman replaced an injured Jacob Eason early in Georgia’s Week 1 tilt against Appalachian State. Fromm was serviceable, connecting on 10-of-15 passes for 143 yards. He hit Javon Wims for a 34-yard touchdown strike shortly after entering the game.
He wisely leaned on his veteran running game and can now boast a 1-0 record. Eason’s injury is not believed to be as serious as initially feared. What that means for Fromm moving forward remains to be seen. No matter who is under center, Georgia coach Kirby Smart must feel confident in his quarterback situation.
2. CB C.J. Henderson, Florida
C.J. Henderson introduced himself to Gator Nation in Week 1 in dramatic fashion. The freshman snared his first career interception, taking the errant Wilton Speight pass 41 yards for a touchdown. The play followed teammate Duke Dawson’s 48-yard pick-six on Michigan’s previous series. He closed out his Florida debut with 2 tackles, one of them on special teams to pin the Wolverines on their own 7-yard line.
3. RB Chase Hayden, Arkansas
It appears Arkansas has found its replacement for the retired Rawleigh Williams III. Chase Hayden rushed for 120 yards and punched in a 5-yard score in the Razorbacks 49-7 thumping of Florida A&M. The freshman became the fourth player in history to rush for more than 100 yards in his Arkansas debut, joining Jerry Eckwood (1975), Felix Jones (2003) and Alex Collins (2013).
4. WR D.K. Metcalf, Ole Miss
Wide receiver D.K. Metcalf picked up where he left off in 2016 before a foot injury sidelined him less than two games into the campaign. The redshirt freshman grabbed 8 passes for 84 yards, second behind A.J. Brown’s 233 yards, as Ole Miss routed South Alabama.
5. RT Andrew Thomas, Georgia
Andrew Thomas became the first freshman offensive lineman to start for Georgia since John Theus in 2012. The right tackle was part of a Bulldogs offensive front that paved the way for 221 rushing yards.
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