Joe Mixon – Impact freshmen in college football –

9. RB Joe Mixon, Oklahoma
Size: 6-2, 211 pounds. Freshman status: Redshirt. Why he’ll make his mark early: Much like LSU’s Leonard Fournette, Mixon is a five-star running back recruit who is entering an ideal situation in which the bulk of experience at the position is gone. OU youngster Keith Ford is Mixon’s primary competition for a starting role, and he carried just 23 times last year. Mixon didn’t enroll early, so he won’t get a chance to show what he can do in pads until about four weeks before the season opens. But without an established veteran in his way, it shouldn’t take Mixon long to climb the depth-chart ladder.