D.J. Calhoun may not have the national name recognition as some of the other freshman on this list, but that shouldn’t discount the fact the linebacker will make a major impact for Arizona State. It’s the reason why he’s one of our freshman to watch this upcoming college football season.
D.J. Calhoun, LB, Arizona State
The Buzz: Unlike most of the freshman on this list, D.J. Calhoun wasn’t the top recruit at his position. In fact, the El Cerrito High superstar was not even in the top ten at his own position. But that didn’t stop Todd Graham and Arizona State from offering him a scholarship to play for the Sun Devils. And that trust was quickly rewarded as Calhoun quickly shot up the depth chart and now appears ready to step into the starting role this fall. It’s a good thing too as ASU only returns two starters from a defense that ranked first in the Pac-12 last season. With UCLA and USC having upgraded their teams in the offseason, it’s crucial for players like Calhoun to perform if Arizona State hopes to repeat as the South Division champions.
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