Top 25 player countdown: No. 2


No. 2. David Amerson, CB, NC State

2011 stats: Amerson started all 13 games last year, played 866 snaps, and finished with 59 tackles, five pass breakups, and 13 interceptions.

Previous ranking: No. 2

Making the case for Amerson: In 2010, Amerson was a little-known true freshman boundary corner who finished the season with one pass breakup in 640 plays. Last year, Amerson made a quantum leap. He set the ACC and school single-season record for interceptions with 13, a mark that led the nation by five and tied for second in FBS history. He had a pair of picks in four different games, and all were wins for NC State. It’s na´ve to think Amerson is going to put up similar numbers this year, but it’s even more na´ve for offenses to continue to throw his way.