Michigan, Maryland and Ohio State might be Big Ten rivals, but they do share one thing in common according to Pro Football Focus: a top 10 true freshman.
Michigan’s Rashan Gary, Maryland’s Lorenzo Harrison and Ohio State’s Nick Bosa were named one of the nation’s top 10 true freshman through seven weeks of the 2016 college football season by PFF, who reranked a similar list they did three weeks ago.
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Gary, the No. 1 overall recruit in the class of 2016, was rated as the sixth-best true freshman. PFF noted that Gary has recorded 15 quarterback hurries in 90 pass-rushing situations, which is one hurry every six pass attempt.
Gary has 16 tackles and a sack on the season, but was ranked as the third-best true freshman in the previous PFF true freshmen listing.
Bosa has picked up right where his older brother, Joey, left off and slotted in at No. 4 on the list of true freshmen. Bosa was not rated on the true freshmen list three weeks ago, however PFF writes games against Wisconsin and Indiana propelled him into the top five. In those two games, Bosa nearly doubled his quarterback pressure numbers, as he now totals 18 on the season.
Through seven games, Bosa also has 15 tackles and three sacks on the season.
Harrison, like Bosa, just cracked the top 10 this week, however his production hasn’t gone unnoticed. He’s totaled 397 yards and four touchdowns on 48 carries this season, but the last three weeks are the most telling. Against Penn State, Purdue and Minnesota, Harrison has averaged 12 yards per carry on only 16 carries. Those rushing stats go along with seven missed tackles.