Top 25 player countdown: No. 14

No. 14. Bryn Renner, QB, North Carolina

2011 stats: He ranked first in the ACC and 10th in the nation in pass efficiency with a 159.4 rating. He completed 68.3 percent of his passes (239 of 350) for 3,086 yards and 26 touchdowns.

Previous ranking: Not ranked

Making the case for Renner: He’ll have one of the ACC’s best offensive lines protecting him, and he also has some background in the spread offense from his high school playing days. In his first season as a starter, Renner threw for more than 3,000 yards and a single-season, school-record 26 touchdowns -- and he did it while playing with bone spurs in his foot. Renner had surgery to remove the bone spurs immediately after the Independence Bowl. He should be capable of even more when he’s healthy.