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 Baylor:
Jameson Houston, CB: Redshirt freshman is battling veteran Tion Wright for a starting job and figures to be prominent in the secondary rotation regardless of who takes the first snap in the Bears’ season opener.
Grayland Arnold, CB: Heralded freshman from Kounte was ranked as the nation’s No. 183 prospect by 247Sports.com (19th among CBs) and is expected to be an immediate contributor for a team that lost lots of depth because of multiple roster deletions during a tumultuous offseason.
Bravvion Roy, DT: Heralded freshman from Spring has moved into the playing rotation in the Bears’ defensive trenches. He has the size (6-foot-1, 315 pounds) to be an effective run-stopper at a position decimated by graduation losses.
Sam Tecklenburg, TE: Redshirt freshman is considered a co-starter at his position and should get lots of playing time this fall. A two-time, all-state performer at Plano, Tecklenburg (6-3, 270) projects as a solid blocker and upsized target for Bears’ quarterbacks.
Zach Smith, QB: High-profile signee from Grandview enrolled in January and will be the backup to starter Seth Russell, a fifth-year senior coming off major neck surgery. Russell is the undisputed starter and team leader but Smith (6-4, 225) projects to receive lots of September snaps in case he is forced into a larger role at some point later in the season.