2008 CFN All-Freshman Team
Oregon State RB Jacquizz Rodgers
Oregon State RB Jacquizz Rodgers
Posted Dec 11, 2008

Who were the best new players in college football this season? It was a fantastic year for new quarterbacks, but it was Oregon State's Jacquizz Rodgers who was the Offensive Freshman of the Year. Check out the 2008 CollegeFootballNews.com All-Freshman Team.

Compiled by Richard Cirminiello 

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- CFN 2008 Sophomore All-America 2nd & Honorable Mention Team

*Indicates player is a true freshman

First Team

Offensive Freshman of the Year: RB Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon St.


QB Russell Wilson, NC State – Others put up gaudier numbers, and there's no arguing against Baylor's Robert Griffin or Ohio State's Terrelle Pryor, but no freshman quarterback meant more to his team than Russell did to the Pack. Without him, NC State doesn't go bowling. Baylor didn't go to a bowl, and Ohio State probably would've been 9-3 at worst with Todd Boeckman under center. A model of uncommon consistency for such a young player, Wilson became the first rookie in league history to be named to the All-ACC first team. He finished the regular season with 20 total touchdowns and one interception, led State to four wins in-a-row down the stretch, and has thrown a school-record 226 straight passes without a pick. He is the future in Raleigh.    

Jacquizz Rodgers, Oregon State – Who? Rodgers was not a household name in recruiting circles back in February. He is now. The unexpected sparkplug in the Beavers’ upset of USC and season-long Rose Bowl contention, he leads the Pac-10 with 1,253 yards rushing, adding 29 receptions and a dozen scores. If durability concerns don’t get in the way, he’ll be one of the conference’s most exciting players over the next three seasons.

Darren Evans, Virginia Tech – Evans answered the call for a Hokie team that was craving consistency at the skill positions before the season began. A reserve when the season began, he wound up bulling his way to 1,112 yards and 10 touchdowns, including a school-record 253 yards in a win over Maryland and an ACC Championship game-record 114 yards in Saturday’s win over Boston College in Tampa.

DeAndre Brown
, Southern Miss – Brown wasted no time showing the nation why he received a scholarship offer from just about every SEC school in February. A 6-6 thoroughbred, who’s drawn comparisons to a young Randy Moss, he’s exploded for a school-record 66 receptions for 1,108 yards and 12 touchdowns. In the defense-deficient Conference USA, he’ll be able to name his numbers for as long as he stays in Hattiesburg.

*WR A.J. Green, Georgia – Almost exclusively on raw ability, Green has caught 55 passes for 910 yards and eight touchdowns to earn a spot on the All-SEC first team. Once he hones his pass-catching and route-running skills, he’s got the total physical package of size and speed to be one of the premier receivers in the country. It’s no coincidence that senior Mohamed Massaquoi is enjoying his best year in Green’s first season in Athens.     

*TE Kyle Rudolph, Notre Dame – Tight End U. has found its next member. Thrust into a prominent role when starter Mike Ragone tore his ACL in the summer, Rudolph has responded with 25 catches for 262 yards and a pair of touchdowns. At 6-6 and 252 pounds, he already has the size of a future Mackey Award contender to go along with the athleticism to create mismatches with opposing linebackers.   

OT Matt Reynolds, BYU– In a long line of Reynolds men to play in Provo, Matt could wind up being the best of the family. At 6-6 and 320 pounds he has remarkable strength and surprising agility for such a big lineman. Despite a lack of experience, he began the season as the starter, often dominating veteran defensive ends and keeping Max Hall’s blindside protected.   

OG Mason Cloy, Clemson – Yeah, it was a rough year in general for the rebuilt Tiger offensive line, but Cloy made progress throughout the season to become one of the bright spots for the future. One of the program’s top recruits from 2007, he’s a versatile and athletic pass protector, who’ll benefit tremendously from this first full season in the starting lineup.    

*C Ben Jones, Georgia – It takes a special individual to start at the pivot for an SEC team. Jones is one of those special players. A regular since September, he plays with a nasty streak and has the head to make all the calls on the line. He was rewarded for his hard work in November, getting named SEC Offensive Lineman of the Week following the win over Kentucky.

*OG Cordy Glenn, Georgia – Injuries wreaked havoc on the Bulldog offensive line throughout the season. If not for the maturity of players like Glenn, the wheels might have come completely off the offense. He began the year as the starter, got benched for a brief period of time, and eventually worked his way back into the lineup. At 6-5 and 320 pounds, he’s got the frame to blossom into a star once his fundamentals catch up with his raw strength.   

OT Elvis Fisher, Missouri – Gary Pinkel got Fisher out of the state of Florida without much competition from the Big 3 in the Sunshine State. It could wind up looking like a heist a year from now. The protector of Chase Daniel’s blindside throughout the year, he played an integral role on an offensive line that allowed just 15 sacks in 521 pass attempts.