Oklahoma football: Adrian Peterson tops list of Sooners' best true freshmen

Jason Kersey ranks the Top 5 true freshmen in OU history, a list that includes now-Vikings running back Adrian Peterson, Marcus Dupree and Jamelle Holieway.
by Jason Kersey Published: August 27, 2012

4. Tommie Harris, DT, 2001: In Harris' first college football game, he made a tackle for loss against North Carolina. It was the first of 17 he recorded as a freshman, when Harris was a first-team All-Big 12 selection and a freshman All-American. He was a consensus All-American as a sophomore and junior, winning the Lombardi Award as the nation's top defensive linemen in 2003, his junior year and final season in Norman.

5. Joe Washington, RB, 1972: In the middle of the first season where freshmen were eligible, Washington became OU's left halfback in the wishbone, opposite Greg Pruitt. He rushed for 630 yards and seven touchdowns, including one in a 17-14 win over Nebraska. The College Football Hall of Famer and two-time All-American went on to one of the all-time greatest OU careers, rushing for 4,071 yards and 39 TDs.

by Jason Kersey
OU Sports Reporter
Jason Kersey became The Oklahoman's OU football beat writer in May 2012 after a year covering high school sports and OSU recruiting. Before joining the newspaper in November 2006 as a part-time results clerk, he covered high school football for...
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