A lot of freshmen will play on Saturday, if Air Force can build a big lead against South Dakota. But only three freshmen were listed on the varsity roster for Week 1. They are the surest bets to contribute right away as freshmen all season, as the elite players in the class (or, at least, elite at a position that needs depth).
Here are the freshmen who are listed on the Week 1 varsity roster:
S Bobby Watkins III: Watkins played well at the prep school last year, and has gotten a lot of time with the second-team defense with Kevin Jablonsky’s hand injury.
RB Jon Lee: He might be the player I’m most interested in seeing in the opener. He has been very impressive in camp. He also is coming off a fine year for the prep school. If Air Force leads in the second half, I’d figure Lee will get some carries.
DL Nick Fitzgerald: At 6-4, 255 pounds, Fitzgerald brings some size to the line. The Falcons want to play seven or eight linemen in a rotation, so Fitzgerald should see plenty of playing time.