One of the great questions heading into a college football season is finding out who the true freshmen are who are going to break out and be household names by the time November rolls around. The names will be known by the die hard fans of the respective teams, but for most, these star freshmen seemingly “come out of no where”.
This week the 247Sports All-Freshmen team was released ahead of the 2021 college football season and there were three Big 12 players selected. All three are on the offensive side of the ball in Oklahoma wide receiver Mario Williams, Texas wide receiver Xavier Worthy and West Virginia offensive lineman Wyatt Mulim.
Williams was ranked at the No. 4 wide receiver in the country and No. 43 player overall, and 247Sports said, “It can be difficult to see where Williams will fit in Lincoln Riley’s vision for this year’s passing attack, but the same could have been said for then-freshman Marvin Mims last season, who ended the season last year as the Sooners’ leading receiver I’ll leave it to Lincoln Riley to figure out.”
Worthy was the No. 8 wide receiver in the class and No. 62 player overall, with 247Sports noting, “If there’s one word to associate with Worthy, it’s speed. Not many have a better track record of utilizing that trait than Steve Sarkisian. Far from a finished product, Worthy will need to continue to develop in a few areas, but his ability to stretch the field will allow him to contribute in Year 1.”
On Mulim, 247Sports wrote in part, “Milum’s decision to stay home after being courted nationally in the recruiting process could pay dividends for the Mountaineers sooner rather than later.”
Milum was the No. 13 offensive tackle in the country and a Top 110 player nationally.
The defensive side of the ball did not see any Big 12 players selected, but something tells me that when the season ends, the 247Sports list will include a familiar face or two to a couple of Big 12 bases.