Who Says That Freshmen Gamers Can’t Lead a Staff to a Bowl Victory?

Who Says That Freshmen Gamers Can’t Lead a Staff to a Bowl Victory?

A lot was fabricated from star Texas quarterback Colt McCoy being knocked out of the Nationwide Championship Sport early on towards Alabama. His substitute, Garrett Gilbert, an inexperienced freshman, got here in to switch McCoy. Alabama received the 2009 title 37-21, giving the impression {that a} freshman couldn’t get the job carried out in a giant sport.

Nothing may very well be farther from the reality. Actually, 13 freshmen led or helped lead their groups to victories this bowl season. They included:

Redshirt freshman QB Landry Jones went 30-of-51 for 418 yards and a TD cross to guide Oklahoma’s 31-27 upset over Stanford within the Solar Bowl.

Freshman QB Kyle Padron went 32-of-41 for a school-record 460 yards and a pair of landing passes to guide Southern Methodist to a 45-10 upset over Nevada within the Hawaii Bowl. SMU stomped a mud gap within the Nevada Wolf Pack.

Freshman QB Matt Barkley went 27-of-37 for 350 yards and a pair of landing passes and ran for one more to guide Southern California over Boston School, 24-13, within the Emerald Bowl.

Freshman quarterback B. J. Daniels went 14-of-22 for 217 yards and a pair of TDs to assist the South Florida Bulldogs beat Northern Illinois, 27-3, within the Worldwide Bowl.

Freshman QB Austyn Carta-Samuels went 17-of-31 for 201 yards and three landing passes to guide Wyoming to a double time beyond regulation victory over Fresno State, 35-28, within the New Mexico Bowl. He was the Mountain West’s Freshman of the 12 months and in addition the MVP of the sport.

Freshman QB Jordan Wynn went 26-of-36 for 338 yards and three TD passes to guide Utah over California, 37-27, within the Poinsettia Bowl.

Redshirt freshman quarterback E.J. Guide went 17-for-24 and 189 yards and scored on a 2-yard run to assist lead Florida State’s 33-21 upset over West Virginia within the Gator Bowl.

Freshman working again Trent Richardson gained 109 yards on 19 carries (5.74 ypc) and scored touchdowns on runs of 49 yards and a pair of yards to assist Alabama beat Texas, 37-21, within the Nationwide Championship Sport.

Freshman working again Ryan Williams gained 117 yards on 25 carries (4.68 ypc) and scored 2 speeding TDs to guide Virginia Tech over Tennessee, 37-14, within the Chick-fil A Bowl. Williams turned the Hoakies’ single-season file holder with 1,655 yards; he additionally had 21 speeding TDs and 22 complete TDs to set Atlantic Coast Convention data.

Freshman working again Dion Lewis rushed for 159 yards on 28 carries (4.68 ypc) and scored a landing to guide Pittsburgh over North Carolina, 19-17, within the Meineke Bowl. Lewis broke Tony Dorsett’s 36-year-old Pitt freshman speeding file of 1,686 yards by gaining 1,799 yards through the season.

Freshman working again Brandon Wegher gained 113 yards on 16 carries (7.0 ypc) and scored a landing to guide Iowa over Georgia, 24-14, within the BCS Orange Bowl.

Freshman multi-threat receiver Mohamed Sanu scored twice from a wildcat formation and caught a TD cross to guide Rutgers over Central Florida, 45-24, within the St. Petersburg Bowl.

Freshman QB Tom Savage, additionally from Rutgers, went 14-of-27 for a career-best 294 yards and a 2 landing passes in Rutgers’ victory.

Copyright © 2010 Ed Bagley

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