In the world of College Football, it’s rare to see a true freshmen play early, much less make a big impact on the field. However, there are always exceptions, especially during this season. Here are the top freshman who’ve played early on and made an impact throughout week 9.
Quinshon Judkins, RB, Ole Miss
The former three-star prospect out of Pike Road High (Alabama) has been a star for the Ole Miss Rebels, amassing 1,036 rushing yards and 13 touchdowns in the span of nine games. In a 31-28 win over Texas A&M, Judkins had his best performance of the season, as he rushed for 205 yards and one touchdown on 34 carries. His lone touchdown came on a one yard rush, after a 61 yard run earlier on the drive.
Judkins ranks seventh in rushing yards, 10th in rushing yards per game, and tied for third in rushing touchdowns in the college football. With his increased workload, he’s in position to break SEC freshman records.
Connor Weigman, QB, Texas A&M
After injuries plagued the quarterback position, the Aggies turned to true freshman Connor Weigman. The five-star Bridgeland High (Texas) product got his first start against Ole Miss, where he went 28/44 in his passes, for 338 yards and four touchdowns. Weigman showed off his toughness as he consistently faced pressure in the pocket. On one of his touchdown passes, he stood tall as he took a hit from a rebels defender.
His passing yards were the most in a game by a true freshman in program history and his four passing touchdowns were the most since Kellen Mond in 2020.
David Bailey, EDGE, Stanford
The four-star Mater Dei product has quietly built up an impressive rookie campaign as the Stanford Cardinals continue to struggle this season. In a 38-13 loss to No. 10 UCLA, Bailey had a game leading nine total tackles, two tackle for loss, one sack, a forced fumble, and multiple pressures. Bailey continues to be a force off the edge for a struggling Cardinals defense, showing promise for the future.