Impact Freshman

STARKVILLE, MS - NOVEMBER 12: A Mississippi State Bulldogs fan waves a flag during the game against the Alabama Crimson Tide on November 12, 2011 at Davis Wade Stadium in Starkville, Mississippi. (Photo by Butch Dill/Getty Images)

The expectations of every season are predominately based on experience from juniors and seniors but sometimes freshman can make an impact. It's extremely rare to find a freshman starting unless they are exceptional players like Julio Jones or Marcus Lattimore. But that doesn't mean they can't have their presence felt, whether they are redshirt frosh or true frosh.

Redshirt Freshman

1. WR Joe Morrow, #85 - 6'-4" 205; He's has the measurables to be the big play receiver State has been looking for, for a long time.

2. LB Benardrick McKinney, #50 - 6'-5" 235; Could be the starter at middle linebacker, battling Ferlando Bohanna. He looks like a DE playing LB.

3. RB Josh Robinson, #34 - 5'-9" 215; He's got a bunch of speed and by many accounts he is 2nd string coming out of training camp.

4. QB Dak Prescott, #15 - 6'-2" 230; Backup quarterback but he will be on the field early, and probably often during the light September schedule.

5. DB Taveze Calhoun, #37 - 6'-1" 180; He has gotten a lot of praise during training camp. He could be a key special teams player and solid backup at corner.

6. RB Derrick Milton, #28 - 6'-0" 205; Battling Robinson and Nick Griffin for the number 2 running back spot. He should get some carries.

7. OL Justin Malone, #70 - 6'7" 315; He may or may not see the field, but at right guard he and Ben Beckwith will be backing up Tobias Smith who has had a bunch of injuries problems during his career.

True Freshman

Not too many true freshman have seen the field the last couple of years. Only Dee Arrington, Preston Smith and P.J. Jones played last year; Michael Carr, Corvell Harrison-Gay and Chris Hughes were the only true frosh to play in 2010. But here are some guys that probably won't redshirt...

1. DT Quay Evans, #54 - 6'-3" 300; The crown jewel of State's 2012 high school class. Evans went through spring practice and should be able to get significant playing time and push Curtis Virges for the starting role.

2. K Devon Bell, #40 - 6'-2" 185; Consensus is he has won the kickoff duties, and it's between him and Evan Sobiesk for the placekicking - and I'd say he's got a 60/40 edge on that.

3. LB Richie Brown, #39 - 6'-2" 225; A very talented guy who by all accounts is ready to play. It will be hard to keep him off the field.

4. DB Will Redmond, #2 - 5'-11" 175; He has a ton of skills and should get on the field but how will the events that were revealed yesterday effect the possibility of him playing?

5. DT Nick James, #88 - 6'-4" 330; He is massive but has great skills. I don't know how much he will end up playing with so much talent on the D-line but he is going to be so good in the coming years I think he'd be in the NFL before being a 5th year senior so you might as well play him a little.

6. KR Brandon Holloway, #80 - 5'-7" 165; Yeah, he's small - but fast. It will be hard to keep his kind of speed on the bench for kickoff returns. If his redshirt is broken, it's doubtful we see him at WR outside garbage time as he is behind Bumphis and Lewis at the slot.

7. DE Torrey Bell, #49 - 6'-5" 230; MSU is deep at DE, but not quite as deep as DT. He could possibly get on the field, although I think it's a 50/50 chance unless someone gets injured.

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