At this point — with the first day of fall camp three days away — it appears only one true freshman can definitely expect to be on the depth chart come Aug. 30. That's Quinn Sharp, the place-kicker out of Mansfield, Texas, who was rated by Rivals.com as the No. 1 kicker in the nation.
Without an experienced kicker on the roster, Sharp is a virtual lock to win the job.
After that, a freshman's best chance might be at tight end, where three rookies will vie with redshirt freshman Wilson Youman for playing time behind senior Brandon Pettigrew.
And that's really the only goal of the other true freshmen in this class — providing depth. Markelle Martin or Victor Johnson could do it in the secondary. So could Guthrie product Kye Staley, though he wants to play running back.
At every other position, it likely will take an August surprise for anyone to break into the two-deep.
So maybe, three years from now, Gundy won't have to be saying, "What if we could have redshirted that guy” with this group of rookies.