Pro Football Focus' top 10 true freshman classes of 2019

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  1. tirk

    tirk im the lyrical jessie james

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    Pro Football Focus' top 10 true freshman classes of 2019
    LSU cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. was the most valuable non-quarterback in the country last season.

    Recruiting is the biggest piece of the puzzle in building a college football dynasty. If you win the recruiting battle, you can get a clear head start over other dominant programs.

    Some programs are forced to rely on their true freshmen more than others. Sometimes that pays off, and sometimes it doesn't. Obviously, it takes time for top recruits -- or any recruits, for that matter -- to develop, but every year, there are a handful of rare athletes who make an immediate impact from day one as true freshmen.

    PFF has unveiled its wins above average metric (PFF WAA) in recent weeks, and we used it to rank the top 10 true freshman classes from the 2019 college football season.

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    1. LSU Tigers
    Why they're ranked here: Joe Burrow got all the hype -- and rightfully so -- but the dominance of true freshman cornerback Derek Stingley Jr. was a bit overlooked because of it. Stingley finished the season as the second-most valuable LSU Tiger in the team's title-winning run, and he ended up as the most valuable non-quarterback in the country. LSU, which is often referred to as "DBU," had another impact true freshman cornerback on the field in Cordale Flott, who was also stingy in coverage. On his 153 coverage snaps, Flott allowed just eight of 25 targets to be caught, and he produced five pass breakups.

    How their top recruit fared: Five-star running back John Emery Jr. was LSU's top recruit from the 2019 class. With Clyde Edwards-Helaire on the roster, Emery saw just 39 carries, but he was incredibly elusive when he saw the field, producing 0.33 broken tackles per rush attempt. In the receiving game, however, Emery saw nine targets and dropped two of those. Although he needs to improve within the passing game, his elusiveness shined there, too, with three broken tackles on six catches.

    Best true freshman: Not only was Stingley the best true freshman on LSU's roster, but he was also the best true freshman in the country. He was the most valuable non-quarterback in WAA not just in the 2019 season but since PFF College's inception in 2014. Stingley forced tight coverage on 75.5% of his targets, which was the second-highest rate in the FBS and more than 25 percentage points higher than the average. On those tight coverage targets, Stingley allowed just 20 catches from 71 total targets while intercepting six passes and forcing 20 incompletions. He's the definition of a lockdown corner.
    https://www.espn.com/college-footba...tball-focus-top-10-true-freshman-classes-2019
     
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  2. Rolan

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    So many players played great this year. And I hope Stingley can play an even a bigger role next year and get into some big award considerations...
     
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    Flott will be a household name by end of season
     
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    unclenick LSU & USMC

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    even If he falls flott on his face this year? J/K
     
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    I want to see Raydarious Jones make a splash, so that all of Tiger Nation can show him some Radar Love!
     
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    Stingley is the leading candidate for a Thorpe Award in 2020 by default.
    He the #1 CB in the Heisman race
    Ja’Marr Chase is in the lead for another Biletnikoff as he’s the leading WR for a Heisman Award.

    Heisman Odds
    Trevor Lawrence - Clemson QB +350
    Justin Fields - Ohio State QB +400
    Kedon Slovis - USC QB +900
    Chuba Hubbard - Ok State RB +1000
    Mac Jones - Alabama QB +1000
    Sam Ehlinger - Texas QB +1000
    Spencer Rattler - Ok QB +1000
    Tanner Morgan - Minn QB +1000
    Kyle Trask - Florida QB +1600
    Myles Brennan - LSU QB +1600
    Sam Howell - NC QB +1600
    Derek Stingley Jr - LSU CB+1800
    Kenneth Gainwell - Memphis RB +1800
    Ja'Marr Chase - LSU WR +2000

    What names above strike you as “way the hell out there” with zero chance?

    My list:
    #5 Mac Jones - not in this lifetime
    #6 Sam Ehlinger - ain’t gonna happen
    #7 Spencer Rattler - We saw him for a couple of series this is too damned funny

    Myles should be in there around +750 to start. After a Texas stomping he will be!
     
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  7. Rolan

    Rolan Live from Houston

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    Yeah, I'm buying the Kool-aid on Brennan. He is going to big dick it like Joe. All in, Cho cho
     
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  8. Rougarou2020

    Rougarou2020 Freshman

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    Oddball you take the cake!

    The only thing I’ve heard funnier all week was Don Trump Jr telling Laura Ingram (in response to No Trump Apology to Dem Scumbags after the Impeachment) this:
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    POTUS JUNIOR Quote:
    “at least we know who Bill Clinton’s Whistleblower was”
     
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    That's funny, even for this ole lefty

    "I did not have sexual relations with that woman".

    Gold standard of lieing
     
  10. unclenick

    unclenick LSU & USMC

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    Lying
     

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