NCAAF Futures: Immediate Impact NCAAF Freshman to Watch for 2022

by: Travis Gillmore             
August 20, 2021

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There are some new faces around the country that will make an impact from day one. We break down a few of these players here. There isn't too much Heisman value but it's good to think about how these teams are constructed and what to look for early in the year.

College Football Freshman to Watch

TreVeyon Henderson, RB, Ohio State

TreVeyon Henderson has jumped to a third-string spot but has a favorable outlook at Ohio State. Master Teague III is a two-year contributor, but he basically missed all of spring practice and seems best suited for a complementary role anyway. Henderson is largely chasing Miyan Williams, who enters 2021 with only 10 career carries. Henderson also contributes on special teams. Dan Hope and Colin Hass-Hill of Eleven Warriors noted Henderson has been lining up as the first-string kick returner. If Henderson, the No. 23 prospect in the 2021 class, has a consistently strong fall camp, it's clear he can swing this depth chart considerably.

Will Shipley, RB, Clemson

Will Shipley is soaring up Clemson's depth chart in two places. Lyn-J Dixon and Kobe Pace are currently the top running backs but Shipley appears to be the best option. "He's not like a typical freshman," Clemson coach Dabo Swinney said, per Sam Neumann of the Clemson Insider. "It's pretty easy to see. First of all, he came in, in January; he's going to be ahead anyway. Just how he carries himself. He's locked in all the time, everything." Shipley is also working as the punt returner, it's fair to expect the No. 32 prospect in 2021 to hold a major role.

Tommy Brockermeyer/JC Latham, OL, Alabama

Troy Franklin, WR, Oregon

Franklin was the No. 41 overall prospect in 2021. He has fluid, smooth, and seemingly effortless speed. He is 6'2" but has long arms and if his hands can be decent he'll have an immediate impact. When he gets the ball in his hands in space watch out. According to Zachary Neel of Ducks Wire, Oregon coach Mario Cristobal recently said Franklin and fellow WR Thornton "look like veterans. They look like they belong." The freshmen seems headed for regular snaps and looks explosive on tape. 

Donovan Edwards, RB, Michigan

Korey Foreman, DL, USC