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:
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Shane Buechele, QB: Freshman from Arlington Lamar enrolled in January and shined in the spring game (299 passing yards, 2 TDs) by leading three of the team’s four touchdown drives. The son of Texas Rangers’ bench coach Steve Buechele in the mix to start and projects to be a significant contributor this season, per coach Charlie Strong.
D’Andre Christmas, DT: Heralded freshman (6-foot-2, 292 pounds) has made his presence felt during fall drills at a need position. Ranked as the nation’s No. 83 prospect (No. 6 among DTs) last season by Rivals.com after his senior season at New Orleans St. Augustine.
Collin Johnson, WR: Speedy, upsized target (6-6, 212) enrolled in January and has developed a quick bond with Buechele. He’s the son of Johnnie Johnson, a former Texas and NFL standout, and projects to be a key contributor in the team’s new spread offense.
Devin Duvernay, WR: The top-ranked receiver prospect among Texas high school players last season, Duvernay initially signed with Baylor but bounced to Texas after the May dismissal of former Bears’ coach Art Briles. One of the team’s fastest players, Duvernay caught 62 passes for 1,142 yards and 16 TDs (18.4 yards per catch) and averaged 11.1 yards per carry, with 520 yards and six TDs, as a rusher last season at Sachse High School.
Trent Domingue, K: Graduate transfer from LSU joined the team in July and will be the starter at a need position. He made 13-of-17 field goals last season for the Tigers, along with 49-of-50 extra points. Domingue also scored a touchdown on a fake field goal last season against Florida.