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October 15, 2008
QB Robert Griffin, Baylor
PARTICULARS: 6-3/200, true freshman
HIGH SCHOOL: Copperas Cove (Texas) High
BUZZ: Griffin has made Baylor dangerous with his combination of running and passing. He's seventh in the Big 12 in rushing and hasn't thrown an interception.
RB Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State
PARTICULARS: 5-7/193, true freshman
HIGH SCHOOL: Richmond (Texas) Lamar Consolidated
BUZZ: His game against USC was only a glimpse at his value to the Beavers. He leads the Pac-10 in rushing and has rushed for 100 yards in four consecutive games.
RB Victor Anderson, Louisville
PARTICULARS: 5-9/182, redshirt freshman
HIGH SCHOOL: Louisville (Ky.) St. Xavier
BUZZ: The hometown product has averaged 6.6 yards per carry and has scored five touchdowns for the Cardinals.
WR A.J. Green, Georgia
PARTICULARS: 6-4/200, true freshman
HIGH SCHOOL: Summerville (S.C.) High
BUZZ: Green has became one of the SEC's top receivers with 29 receptions for 441 yards and three touchdowns.
WR Julio Jones, Alabama
PARTICULARS: 6-4/210, true freshman
HIGH SCHOOL: Foley (Ala.) High
BUZZ: The playmaking receiver (19 receptions, 278 yards, four touchdowns) has been instrumental in Alabama's return to prominence.
WR Michael Floyd, Notre Dame
PARTICULARS: 6-3/215, true freshman
HIGH SCHOOL: St. Paul (Minn.) Cretin-Derham Hall
BUZZ: The Irish offense has improved dramatically with help from Floyd, who has 27 receptions for 426 yards and four touchdowns.
OT Elvis Fisher, Missouri
PARTICULARS: 6-5/290, redshirt freshman
HIGH SCHOOL: St. Petersburg (Fla.) Catholic
BUZZ: Fisher has started at left tackle on what coach Gary Pinkel said is his best line at Missouri.
OT Andrew Datko, Florida State
PARTICULARS: 6-6/276, true freshman
HIGH SCHOOL: Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas
BUZZ: The young Seminoles offensive line is starting to come together. With Datko at tackle, Florida State has allowed just one sack in its past three games.
G Moe Petrus, Connecticut
PARTICULARS: 6-2/276, redshirt freshman
HIGH SCHOOL: St. Laurent (Que.) Vanier Prep
BUZZ: A 22-year-old who spent three seasons at a prep school in Canada, Petrus has become the top blocker for the Huskies, who boast national rushing leader Donald Brown.
G Joel Foreman, Michigan State
PARTICULARS: 6-3/308, redshirt freshman
HIGH SCHOOL: Highland (Mich.) Milford
BUZZ: Not only has Foreman blocked for the nation's second-leading rusher Javon Ringer, he also saved the 16-13 win over Iowa by falling on a fumble.
E Brandon Harold, Kansas State
PARTICULARS: 6-6/264, true freshman
HIGH SCHOOL: East St. Louis (Ill.)
BUZZ: Harold is one of only seven scholarship true freshmen on Kansas State's roster. He led the Big 12 in tackles for a loss through the first six weeks of the season with 8.5.
E Matt Conrath, Virginia
PARTICULARS: 6-7/269, redshirt freshman
HIGH SCHOOL: Oak Lawn (Ill.) St. Rita
BUZZ: He's not Chris Long, but Conrath has been instrumental in Virginia's rebound from a rough start. He has six tackles for a loss, three sacks, a forced fumble and a blocked kick.
T Billy Winn, Boise State
PARTICULARS: 6-4/282, redshirt freshman
HIGH SCHOOL: Las Vegas High
BUZZ: Winn moved into a starting role because of injury and has played a key role for a team that has allowed only one opponent to score more than one touchdown. Winn has three tackles for a loss and forced fumble on the season.
LB Don'ta Hightower, Alabama
PARTICULARS: 6-4/250, true freshman
HIGH SCHOOL: Lewisburg (Tenn.) Marshall County
BUZZ: Hightower has started since Day One on a top-10 defense. He has 24 tackles, a quarterback hurry, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery.
LB Chris Marve, Vanderbilt
PARTICULARS: 6-0/225, redshirt freshman
HIGH SCHOOL: Memphis White Station
BUZZ: Marve was asked to fill the big shoes of Jonathan Goff at middle linebacker, and he has come through. Marve has 44 tackles, two tackles for a loss, a sack, a quarterback hurry and a forced fumble.
LB Travis Lewis, Oklahoma
PARTICULARS: 6-2/232, redshirt freshman
HIGH SCHOOL: San Antonio Robert E. Lee
BUZZ: The Sooners will have to rely on Lewis more following the season-ending knee injury to fellow linebacker Ryan Reynolds. Lewis already has seven tackles for a loss, 3.5 sacks and an interception.
LB Sean Spence, Miami
PARTICULARS: 6-0/202, true freshman
HIGH SCHOOL: Miami Northwestern
BUZZ: Spence is one of several Northwestern signees paying immediate dividends for the Hurricanes. He has 27 tackles, four tackles for a loss and an interception return for a touchdown against Florida State.
CB Janoris Jenkins, Florida
PARTICULARS: 5-10/185, true freshman
HIGH SCHOOL: Pahokee (Fla.) High
BUZZ: Jenkins has helped solidify Florida's pass defense. He has 16 tackles to go along with an interception, a sack, five pass breakups and a forced fumble.
CB Jordan Mabin, Northwestern
PARTICULARS: 5-11/180, redshirt freshman
HIGH SCHOOL: Northfield Center (Ohio) Nordonia
BUZZ: A starter in the past four games, Mabin has been a key member of Northwestern's improved defense. He has 24 tackles and an interception.
S Earl Thomas, Texas
PARTICULARS: 5-10/195, redshirt freshman
HIGH SCHOOL: Orange (Texas) West Orange Stark
BUZZ: One of two freshmen starting at safety for the Longhorns, Thomas had a monster game against Oklahoma. He picked off two passes and forced a fumble against the Sooners. For the season, he has 24 tackles, the two picks, five pass breakups, two forced fumbles and a blocked kick.
S Sean Baker, Ball State
PARTICULARS: 6-1/205, redshirt freshman
HIGH SCHOOL: Canfield (Ohio) High
BUZZ: Baker is the leading tackler for undefeated Ball State with 52 stops. He also leads the team with three interceptions, including one he returned for a touchdown.
K James Aho, New Mexico
PARTICULARS: 5-7/175, true freshman
HIGH SCHOOL: Roswell (N.M.) High
BUZZ: Aho is 12-of-15 on field-goal attempts, including 5-for-7 from beyond 40 yards. He converted all five of his attempts in a 36-28 upset of Arizona.
P Bryan Anger, California
PARTICULARS: 6-4/196, redshirt freshman
HIGH SCHOOL: Camarillo (Calif.) High
BUZZ: Anger has stepped in for Andrew Larsen with ease. He's ninth in the country at 45.1 yards per kick. Against Arizona State, Anger dropped three of seven punts inside the 20.
KR Travis Benjamin, Miami
PARTICULARS: 5-10/160, true freshman
HIGH SCHOOL: Belle Glade (Fla.) Glades Central
BUZZ: Another south Florida product paying immediate dividends for Miami, Benjamin is averaging 14 yards per punt return and 27.1 yards per kickoff return.
ALL-PURPOSE Patrick Edwards, Houston
PARTICULARS: 5-9/165, redshirt freshman
HIGH SCHOOL: Hearne (Texas) High
BUZZ: The former walk-on is third in Conference USA in all-purpose yards and leads the Cougars with 501 receiving yards. He is also the team's primary kickoff returner.