No. 11. Logan Thomas, QB, Virginia Tech
2011 stats: He started all 14 games and played nearly 1,000 snaps in his first season as a full-time starter. Thomas completed 234 of 391 passes (59.8 percent) for 3,013 yards with 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He also carried 153 times for 469 net yards and 11 touchdowns.
Previous ranking: Not ranked.
Making the case for Thomas: Virginia Tech fans must love watching opponents try to tackle their quarterback. At 6-foot-6 and 254 pounds, Thomas is like a lumberjack, and as the 2011 season progressed, he became a more complete player. Thomas set a new school record for rushing touchdowns in a season by a quarterback with 11, and he broke the school's single-season total offense record set by Tyrod Taylor in 2010. His 234 completions, 391 attempts and 3,013 yards passing all rank second in school history for a single season behind only Don Strock's records set in 1972. All of that and it was only his first year.
No. 12 Blake DeChristopher, OT, Virginia Tech
No. 13 Shawn Powell, P, Florida State
No. 14 Zach Brown, LB, North Carolina
No. 15 Quinton Coples, DE, North Carolina
No. 16 Kyle Fuller, CB, Virginia Tech
No. 17 Sean Spence, LB, Miami
No. 18 Zebrie Sanders, OT, Florida State
No. 19 Joe Vellano, DT, Maryland
No. 20 Lamar Miller, RB, Miami
No. 21 Chris Givens, WR, Wake Forest
No. 22 Terrell Manning, LB, NC State
No. 23 Matt Conrath, DT, Virginia
No. 24 Omoregie Uzzi, RG, Georgia Tech
No. 25 Brandon Jenkins, DE, Florida State