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February 6, 2007
Impact Redshirt Freshmen: ACC
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Riley Skinner proved how much of an impact a redshirt freshman can have in the Atlantic Coast Conference.
The first-year player took over as Wake Forest's starting quarterback early in the season and led the Demon Deacons to their first conference title since 1970.
Skinner's immediate success was almost impossible to predict. He ended spring practice third on the depth chart and took over the starting job only after injuries to Benjamin Mauk and Brett Hodges.
But that hasn't stopped us from trying to guess which five redshirt freshmen might make a similar impact next fall.
The five guys on our list (listed alphabetically) will have a tough time matching Skinner's 2006 accomplishments, but don't be surprised if all of them have earned starting jobs by the end of the season.