Although it's still early, several freshmen—true and redshirt—have given more to their teams than anyone had reason to expect. Here are our top five.
James King, LB, CENTRAL MICHIGAN—The redshirt tied the NCAA record for blocked punts in a game with four against Michigan State last Saturday, two of which the Chippewas returned for touchdowns in a 35-21 loss. He also blocked a punt in Central Michigan's first game, a 42-28 defeat of Eastern Kentucky, which leaves him three shy of the NCAA single-season record.
Gino Guidugli, OB, CINCINNATI—After starting quarterback Adam Hoover tore his right ACL in first quarter at Army last Saturday, Guidugli came in and completed 31 of 41 passes for 311 yards and three touchdowns. The Black Knights took a 21-17 lead with 1:16 to go, but Guidugli led the Bearcats 70 yards in 1:09 for a 24-21 victory.
Xavier Beitia, PK, FLORIDA STATE—In two games Beitia, whose name is pronounced zah-vee-AY bay-TEE-uh or "the new kicker," as coach Bobby Bowden likes to say, has made all five of his field goal attempts and 9 of 10 extra points. A year ago three Seminoles kickers converted 14 of 24 three-point tries.
Reggie Williams, WR, WASHINGTON-The 6'4", 215-pounder (above) generated buzz in preseason practices and then caught four passes for 134 yards in the Huskies' 23-18 comeback victory over Michigan last week. Williams showed extraordinary body control against the Wolverines' smaller comerbacks.
Keith Joseph, TB, TEXAS A&M-The redshirt didn't start in Aggies' 28-20 win at Wyoming, but he sure did finish, carrying 15 times for 70 yards in second half, and had 21 carries for 105 yards overall as A&M avoided upset by holding ball for 38:09.