Every year college athletics are blessed with fresh talent from young faces. This year, a number of freshman across the country have really stepped up to contribute in great ways to their new found college teams. Being a freshman college athlete myself, I understand the feelings that come with the beginning of a new team. You need to find where you click among your new teammates, and how you can contribute in the best way possible. For all the freshman studs, or maybe high school seniors that are aspiring to be studs themselves, here are your role models.
Freshman basketball star Anthony Davis is a member of the #1 ranked University of Kentucky men’s basketball team. As a freshman, Davis leads the number one team in scoring, rebounding, and steals. Davis also leads the entire nation in blocks. A Chicago native, Davis earned high honors being one of 30 finalists for the 2012 Naismith Men’s Basketball player of the year award. Freshman Nic Moore of Illinois State has earned high honors in his rookie debut as well. Moore averaged 7.7 points a game this year as a freshman.
Beginning with the current season, freshman baseball stud, Taylor Gushue is a force to be reckoned with. As a member of the number one ranked Florida baseball team, Gushue hit his first homerun on his first pitch ever in college. Also, freshman Jordan Stephans of Rice University has already earned himself a most outstanding player award.
The first female stud is Rachel Updike for Missouri gymnastics. Updike won three event titles in Missouri’s season opener this year. Missouri University is stocked with freshman this year. Another stud, Kelsey Roth of Missouri softball is worth mentioning. In February, Roth earned Big 12 Player of the Week honors as a freshman!
You can’t talk track or cross country without mentioning the name Shelby Houlihan. This Iowa native is in her freshman year at Arizona State. Houlihan was named Conference Player of the Year as a freshman!
In conclusion, freshman athletes can contribute just as much as a senior athlete, all it takes is a lot of hard work and some natural talent.