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The Athletic’s 2020 college football Freshman All-America team

The 2020 college football season was unbelievably challenging for freshman players in so many ways. There was nothing normal about what they were asked to do, playing their first full season in the middle of a pandemic. The dramatically different offseason was bound to affect the development curve for young players. But so many still managed to put in the work and turn in seriously impressive freshman seasons.

It’s time to recognize some of the best young players in college football with The Athletic’s Freshman All-America teams. These are the true freshmen and redshirt freshmen who made the biggest impact on their programs. The process wasn’t easy, as it requires comparing freshmen who played 10 or 11 games against those who played five or six. These teams were selected based on nominations from our staff of national and team writers across the country.

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