ACC Top 25 player countdown: No. 5

No 5. Marvin Austin, DT, North Carolina

2009 numbers: He finished with 42 tackles, six tackles for losses, four sacks, three pass breakups, six quarterback pressures, one forced fumble and a fumble recovery.

Most recent ranking: Not ranked.

Making the case for Austin: He’s strong, fast, and has the ability to fight off blocks. He was good enough to start as a true freshman, and has only gotten better since. He’s best against the run, but consistency has been his biggest enemy. If Austin can build off of last year’s numbers, he should be one of the top interior linemen in the country.

No. 6 Quan Sturdivant, LB, UNC

No. 7 Russell Wilson, QB, NC State

No. 8 Joshua Nesbitt, QB, Georgia Tech

No. 9 Rodney Hudson, LG, Florida State

No. 10 Anthony Castonzo, OT, Boston College

No. 11 Allen Bailey, DE, Miami

No. 12 (tie) S Deunta Williams, CB Kendric Burney, UNC

No. 13 Bruce Carter, LB, North Carolina

No. 14 Luke Kuechly, LB, Boston College

No. 15 Brandon Harris, CB, Miami

No. 16 Jacory Harris, QB, Miami

No. 17 Tyrod Taylor, QB, Virginia Tech

No. 18 Donovan Varner, WR, Duke

No. 19 Alex Wujciak, LB, Maryland

No. 20 Montel Harris, RB, Boston College

No. 21 Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland

No. 22 Greg Reid, CB, Florida State

No. 23 Anthony Allen, RB, Georgia Tech

No. 24 Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia

No. 25 Mark Herzlich, LB, Boston College