College basketball gave us the Fab Five. USA Gymnastics, during the last two Olympic Games, provided gold-medal-winning contingents dubbed the Fierce Five and the Final Five.
As we approach the start of college football season, it’s time to focus on the Fresh Five. The best part: every major-college program has such a list.
We’re talking about five newcomers who have yet to suit up for your favorite team but are being counted on, based on performances during fall drills, to make on-field impacts during the 2016 season.
Today’s Fresh Five is from Texas A&M:
Trevor Knight, QB: Graduate transfer from Oklahoma was named the Aggies’ starting quarterback at the close of spring drills. A fifth-year senior, Knight posted an 11-4 record as the Sooners’ starter before losing his job to Baker Mayfield heading into last season. He’s best remembered for throwing for 348 yards and four touchdowns in Oklahoma’s 45-31 upset of Alabama in the Sugar Bowl to cap the 2013 season.
Keith Ford, RB: Transfer from Oklahoma has taken most of the snaps with the first-team offense during fall drills. Ford, a five-star prospect out of Cypress Ranch High School, rushed for 503 yards and six TDs in two seasons with the Sooners (2013, 2014) before sitting out last season under NCAA transfer rules.
Erik McCoy, C: Redshirt freshman from Lufkin appears poised to take over the starting spot at center. As a high school senior, he graded out at 95 percent while posting 27 pancake blocks that season.
Priest Willis, CB: UCLA transfer sat out last season after playing in 21 games during two seasons for the Bruins. He’s projected to make his first A&M start against his former team when the Aggies meet UCLA in their season opener (Sept. 3, Kyle Field).
Trayveon Williams, RB: Versatile freshman rushed for 3,800 yards and 45 TDs in his final two seasons at Houston’s C.E. King High School. Also a skilled receiver (38 catches, 654 yards in HS), he projects to get immediate playing time in the Aggies’ backfield rotation.