College football true freshman All-America team entering Week 12

Uiagalelei's dad amped up after son's TD run (0:31)

Clemson QB D.J. Uiagalelei calls his own number on fourth down and finds his way into the end zone for the score, and his dad is pumped up in the crowd. (0:31)

Every year in college football, more true freshmen contribute on the field in a big way. This season, even with many star players opting out because of concerns regarding COVID-19, is no exception.

There are numerous first-year players who moved from talented prospects less than a year ago to starters or even impact players at the Power 5 level. Based off ESPN 300 rankings, we are not surprised to see several of those names on this list, but conversely, there are also under-recruited and under-evaluated players who deserved a spot.

The sample size for college football's midseason 2020 true freshman All-America team was considerably smaller this year for obvious reasons. That said, we still did our best to feature deserving players from the Big Ten and Pac-12, two Power 5 conferences that have played fewer games.


QB D.J. Uiagalelei, Clemson Tigers

Washington State quarterback Jayden de Laura made a push here with his start to the 2020 season, but ultimately Clemson's highly touted QB secures this spot. Yes, Clemson did suffer a loss while he was starting, but the big, strong-armed former No. 1-ranked pocket passer performed well while Trevor Lawrence was sidelined. As a starter, he threw for nearly 800 yards with four touchdowns and no interceptions, ran for two more and showed the offense will be in good hands once Lawrence moves on.