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Freshman Watch

Below is the CBSSports.com Freshman of the Year voting.

We took into account five parts -- four CBSSports.com experts and the users vote to get our Freshman of the Year. South Carolina's Marcus Lattimore was the runaway winner getting all five first-place votes. It marks the fourth time a running back has won the award.

Past Winners
YearPlayer, Pos, School
2006P.J. Hill, RB, Wisconsin
2007Michael Crabtree, WR, Texas Tech
2008Jacquizz Rodgers, RB, Oregon State
2009Dion Lewis, RB, Pittsburgh
Last season we had one of the closest races in history with Pittsburgh's Dion Lewis, edging out Virginia Tech's Ryan Williams and Oregon's LaMichael James for the honor.

This year, Lattimore beat out two other great running backs and two quarterbacks. Lattimore finished with 1,198 yards rushing on 248 carries with 17 touchdowns.

Georgia's Aaron Murray, who finished second, finished ninth in the nation in passing efficiency with 2,851 yards passing and 24 TDs. Wisconsin running back James White finished third after rushing for 1,029 yards on just 148 carries with 14 TDs.

Ronnie Hillman, who has the most yards rushing of any freshman was fourth, while UCF quarterback Jeff Godfrey was fifth.

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CBSSports.com Experts: Freshman of the Year

J. Darin Darst
Producer

Adam Aizer
Podcast Talent

Adam Jacobi
Blogger

Chip Patterson
Blogger

CBSSports.com
Community

Overall
Consensus
1. Marcus Lattimore
South Carolina RB
1. Marcus Lattimore
South Carolina RB
1. Marcus Lattimore
South Carolina RB
1. Marcus Lattimore
South Carolina RB
1. Marcus Lattimore
South Carolina RB
1. Marcus Lattimore
South Carolina (25 pts)
2. Aaron Murray
Georgia QB
2. Ronnie Hillman
San Diego State RB
2. James White
Wisconsin RB
2. Aaron Murray
Georgia QB
2. James White
Wisconsin RB
2. Aaron Murray
Georgia (8 pts)
3. Jeff Godfrey
UCF QB
3. James White
Wisconsin RB
3. Aaron Murray
Georgia QB
3. Jeff Godfrey
UCF QB
3. Aaron Murray
Georgia QB
3. James White
Wisconsin (7 pts)
Totals are based on 5-3-1 voting structures. Receiving votes: Ronnie Hillman 3, Jeff Godfrey 2.

Marcus Lattimore
  Position: RB
School: South Carolina
Class: Freshman
Ht: 5-11 Wt: 215
Comment: Lattimore wins the award as Freshman of the Year after a fantastic season, rushing for 1,198 yards with 17 touchdowns. Lattimore didn't have the best of SEC Championship games, but his overall body of work allowed him to finish first.
Rushing
Receiving
 AttYdsAvgTDRecYdsAvgTD
vs. Auburn 16 84 5.3 0 3 36 12.0 0
2010 248 1198 4.8 17 26 364 30.3 2
 
Aaron Murray
  Position: QB
School: Georgia
Class: Freshman
Ht: 6-1 Wt: 206
Comment: Murray was a big reason for Georgia's offensive success, throwing for 2,851 yards with 24 touchdowns. He also had four touchdowns rushing, allowing him to pick up enough votes to finish second.
Passing
Rushing
 CompAttYdsTDINTCarYdsAvgTD
vs. Georgia Tech 15 19 271 3 0 4 -10 -2.5 0
2010 188 304 2851 24 6 75 163 2.2 4

James White
  Position: RB
School: Wisconsin
Class: Freshman
Ht: 5-11 Wt: 195
Comment: With the injury to John Clay, James White made the most of his opportunities, rushing for 1,029 yards on just 148 carries. The final three games of the season, White had 459 yards rushing (7.4 avg) with five touchdowns.
Rushing
Receiving
 AttYdsAvgTDRecYdsAvgTD
vs. Northwestern 20 134 6.7 1 1 5 5.0 0
2010 148 1029 7.0 14 11 88 8.0 0
 
Ronnie Hillman
  Position: RB
School: San Diego State
Class: Freshman
Ht: 5-10 Wt: 175
Comment: Despite leading all freshman in rushing, Hillman finishes fourth. He had some amazing games -- 228 against Missouri, 191 against Air Force and 152 against UNLV, but also had seven games with less than 100 yards, including just 54 against TCU and Utah.
Rushing
Receiving
 AttYdsAvgTDRecYdsAvgTD
vs. UNLV 19 152 8.0 1 2 12 6.0 0
2010 234 1304 5.6 14 7 52 4.3 0

Jeff Godfrey
  Position: QB
School: UCF
Class: Freshman
Ht: 5-11 Wt: 176
Comment: Godfrey picks up a few votes, despite not being on the radar most of the year. He didn't become the starter until the middle of the season and still ended up with 2,042 yards passing and 22 total touchdowns, including nine rushing.
Passing
Rushing
 CompAttYdsTDINTCarYdsAvgTD
vs. Southern Methodist 15 19 167 1 0 15 17 1.1 0
2010 143 209 2042 13 6 142 546 3.8 9
 
Marquess Wilson
  Position: WR
School: Washington State
Class: Freshman
Ht: 6-3 Wt: 173
Comment: Wilson didn't get any votes, but was the best freshman receiver in the nation. He finished with 55 catches for 1,006 yards and six touchdowns. His had 150 yards against Stanford, 134 against SMU and 131 against Arizona. A very good season.
Rushing
Receiving
 AttYdsAvgTDRecYdsAvgTD
vs. Washington 0 0 0.0 0 4 38 9.5 1
2010 0 0 0.0 0 55 1006 83.8 6

 
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