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True Freshmen Emerge as 2003 Game Day Players

It is not common for true freshmen to make a meaningful contribution on the football field at BYU. Names like <b>Aaron Francisco</b> and <b>Paul Walkenhorst</b> immediately come to mind as exceptions to the rule, but they are usually few and far between. This fall, however, BYU may use as many as three or four true freshmen in game situations because they are that good.

An emerging story involving two true freshmen is at BYU's seemingly deep and senior-laden linebacker position. This is not about true freshmen recently returned from LDS missions either. Meet All-State 5A Texas high school linebacker David Nixon and All-State Utah tight end standout Dan Van Sweden (pictured), who is being converted to linebacker. No less an authority than BYU head coach Gary...