All These Freshmen Are Playing and Brown Knows Why

By Adam Caparell - September 25, 2006

All across the country, with ever more frequency, true freshmen are seeing more and action on the field. Many teams, most notably USC who has played 13 true freshmen already this season, are sending out their inexperienced players in high stake games. The quarterback position isn’t immune, either. Georgia, with Matthew Stafford and Arkansas, with Mitch Mustain, are just two of several teams that have handed over their offenses to true freshmen.

Texas coach Mack Brown, whose starting quarterback Colt McCoy is a redshirt freshman, but who has also inserted true freshman Jevan Snead into the game, attributes the increase in true freshmen participation to two reasons.

First off, Brown thinks true freshmen are more ready to play immediately than a decade ago.

“Coaching continues to get better and better in high school football,” Brown said. “They’re doing more things that college teams are doing and the pros are doing in high school. [The players] get to see more things.

“Because the NCAA allowed young freshmen to come for summer school, they’re much more prepared. There’s less home sickness, they’re working out with their other teammates during the summer. They’re in better shape, they’re stronger. They’re able to learn the systems more easily through the kids with their summer workouts.

And secondly, patience has worn thin with nearly everyone.

“And you’re seeing a lot more seniors come in in January to prepare to play as well,” Brown said. “And because of the recruiting process, parents and kids have less patience than ever before. They all expect to play when they get here.”

No matter what kind of player they are.

“They all think they’re ready,” Brown said. “We’ve had second-teammers at Texas that their parents are wondering where they’ll be drafted. That’s not going to change.”

Brown also said Monday afternoon that he had not yet been able to reach out to former Longhorns QB Chris Simms who had his spleen removed Sunday following the Buccaneers loss to the Panthers.

Brown recalled how tough his former QB was when during a game against Nebraska in 2002, Simms had a dislocated finger taped up and put back into place during a timeout so he wouldn’t miss a play. He threw for 419 yards in a 27-24 win over the Cornhuskers as the Longhorns snapped Nebraska’s 26-game winning streak at Memorial Stadium.

Fantasy Football picked up its second straight win Saturday, beating Pro Fantasy Sports 143.55 to 108.85. It was a banner day with Brady Quinn, Calvin Johnson and the LSU defense coming up with big, big games. Next up, a matchup with Lindy's, a pivotal meeting between 2-2 teams.

Posted by Adam Caparell at 04:16 PM on September 25, 2006

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