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Top 25 player countdown: No. 23

No. 23. Omoregie Uzzi, OG, Georgia Tech

2010 numbers: Uzzi started all 12 games last year and was a second-team all-conference selection. He missed the Sept. 11 Kansas game with an injury. He helped pave the way for the nation’s No. 1 rushing offense last year as Georgia Tech averaged 323.31 yards per game.

Previous ranking: Not ranked.

Making the case for Uzzi: He’s a projected first-round all-ACC guard, and should only build upon the experience he gained last year as a full-time starter. At 6-foot-3, 300 pounds, Uzzi is a strong player who has become more fundamentally sound. He moves well laterally and the coaching staff loves his effort. He will be the leader of the line this fall.

No. 24 Andre Ellington, RB, Clemson

No. 25 EJ Manuel, QB, Florida State