Counting down the ACC's top 30 players: No. 11

June, 19, 2009
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Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

No. 11. Sean Spence, LB, Miami, 6-0, 211

Spence
Why he's here: He's a hard hitter, just ask Tim Tebow. As a true freshman, Spence recorded his first career sack against the 2007 Heisman Trophy winner. Although Spence came to Miami a little undersized, he still packs quite a punch, and he has since bulked up a bit, so the hits will just keep on coming.

Spence earned the ACC's Defensive Rookie of the Year award after he finished third on the team during the regular season with 62 total tackles and led all Miami linebackers with 7.5 tackles for loss. He started eight of the 12 games he played in, and made the most of his opportunity when teammate Colin McCarthy suffered a season-ending injury.

Spence returned his first career interception for a touchdown against Florida State and forced a fumble in the final minutes of regulation at Virginia which helped the Hurricanes to an overtime win. He posted a career-high 10 tackles against Florida State and had five or more tackles in eight games.


No. 12 Quan Sturdivant, North Carolina
No. 13 Thaddeus Lewis, Duke
No. 14 Bruce Carter, North Carolina

No. 15 Vince Oghobaase, Duke
No. 16 Stephan Virgil, Virginia Tech
No. 17 Jacoby Ford, Clemson
No. 18 Dekoda Watson, Florida State
No. 19 Nate Irving, NC State
No. 20 Chris Chancellor, Clemson
No. 21 Kam Chancellor, Virginia Tech
No. 22 Christian Ponder, Florida State
No. 23 Anthony Castonzo, Boston College
No. 24 Da'Quan Bowers, Clemson
No. 25 Sergio Render, Virginia Tech
No. 26 John Russell, Wake Forest
No. 27 Riley Skinner, Wake Forest
No. 28 Vic Hall, Virginia
No. 29 Da'Rel Scott, Maryland
No. 30 Matt Bosher, Miami

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