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 TCU:
Kenny Hill, QB: Transfer from Texas A&M threw for 2,649 yards and 23 touchdowns as the Aggies’ starter during the 2014 season before being replaced in the lineup after a three-game losing streak. The Southlake Carroll graduate was selected by media members as the 2016 Big 12 preseason newcomer of the year in July.
Jeff Gladney, CB: Redshirt freshman is considered the favorite to start and projects to be part of the secondary mix regardless of who takes the first snap in the season opener. Three-star signee was rated the No. 11 cornerback in the state (No. 81 nationally) by Scout.com after his senior season at New Boston.
Taj Williams, WR: Upsized target (6-foot-3, 180 pounds) enrolled in January as the nation’s top-ranked WR prospect from the JC ranks. A four-star prospect out of high school, Williams had 128 catches for 1,593 yards and 20 TDs in two seasons at Iowa Western CC and provides a possible replacement for the graduation loss of standout Josh Doctson. Williams had the lone TD catch in the team’s spring game.
Mat Boesen, DE: Speed rusher collected 12 tackles and three sacks during the 2014 season at Boise State before becoming a JC standout last season at Long Beach CC (57 tackles, 8 sacks, 21.5 TFLs).
Darius Anderson, RB: Four-star freshman signee rushed for 2,274 yards and 30 TDs while averaging 8.7 yards per carry and leading Rosenburg George Ranch to a state championship last season. A versatile, speedy addition to the RB rotation who turned down offers from Alabama, Texas and Texas A&M to join the Horned Frogs.