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August 30, 2011
While elite skill-position performers often utilize their athleticism to play right away as true freshmen, linemen often need a year to get their bodies ready for the physical toll that comes with playing their positions.
That's why it should come as no surprise that offensive and defensive linemen dominate our list of redshirt freshmen expected to make an impact this season. Some of the guys on our list had to add or lose weight before they were ready. Now that they've spent a year in the weight room and at the training table, they're ready to move into the starting lineup.
This list isn't reserved exclusively for linemen. We do have some receivers on our list and even a quarterback who could earn a starting spot for a national title contender. But you'll be able to find most of the noteworthy redshirt freshmen this season right on the line of scrimmage.