Top 25 player countdown: No. 6

August, 22, 2011
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No. 6. Donte Paige-Moss, DE, UNC

2010 stats: He started 12 of 13 games he played in last year, and finished the regular season with 49 tackles, 13.5 tackles for losses of 77 yards, 7.0 sacks for 57 yards, and one pass breakup. He ranked second on the team in tackles for loss and sacks and was seventh in the ACC in sacks.

Previously ranked: Not ranked.

Making the case for Paige-Moss: He has the skills to be one of the country’s top pass-rushers this fall. He played exceptionally well in the second half of last season, when he recorded 10.5 of his 13.5 tackles for loss. Carolina fans saw his game-changing potential in the Music City Bowl win over Tennessee when he posted six tackles, 2.5 tackles for loss, 1.5 sacks, one forced fumble and one blocked kick. He blocked an extra point in the fourth quarter, which kept Tennessee's lead at three. He was only a sophomore last year and made his first career start when he lined up against LSU in the season opener. Now more experienced, Paige-Moss could be on the brink of a breakout season.

No. 7 Andrew Datko, LT, Florida State

No. 8 Sean Spence, LB, Miami

No. 9 Kenny Tate, LB, Maryland

No. 10 David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech

No. 11 Dwight Jones, WR, North Carolina

No. 12 Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

No. 13 Brandon Washington, OL, Miami

No. 14 Danny O'Brien, QB, Maryland

No. 15 Sean Renfree, QB, Duke

No. 16 Chase Minnifield, CB, Virginia

No. 17 Cam Johnson, DE, Virginia

No. 18 Greg Reid, CB, Florida State

No. 19 Ray-Ray Armstrong, S, Miami

No. 20 Lamar Miller, RB, Miami

No. 21 Conner Vernon, WR, Duke

No. 22 Jarrett Boykin, WR, Virginia Tech

No. 23 Omoregie Uzzi, OG, Georgia Tech

No. 24 Andre Ellington, RB, Clemson

No. 25 EJ Manuel, QB, Florida State

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