17 freshmen have hit football field for both UCLA, Aggies
Freshmen are making their mark in college football this season.
An Associated Press analysis of the 72 teams in automatic-qualifying BCS conferences and Notre Dame shows 359 freshmen listed as first- or second-stringers on this week's depth charts, not including special teams. Of those 359, 72 were starters.
Stanford was the only program that did not list a freshman on its two-deep roster.
UCLA and Texas A&M each have played 17 true freshmen. Thirteen are listed among the top 22 players on each team's depth chart.
At LSU, Les Miles has played 87 true freshmen during his tenure. This season 14 true freshmen have seen playing time for the Tigers (8 on defense, 5 on offense, one of special teams).
The Tigers are tied for third in the country with 14 players taking the field for their freshman season.
Coaches say freshmen are more prepared than ever to play right away because of more sophisticated training methods and greater opportunities to work on skills year-round.