2012 postseason top 25 players: No. 20

Time to move on in our countdown of the top 25 players in the ACC during the 2012 season.

No. 20 Bryn Renner, QB, North Carolina

2012 stats: Renner went 276-of-422 for 3,356 yards, 28 touchdowns and seven interceptions in his junior season, and lived up to his billing as one of the top quarterbacks in the ACC. Renner ranked No. 3 in the ACC in passing yards per game (279.7), No. 3 in passing efficiency (150.8) and No. 4 in total offense (282.8 ypg).

Previous ranking: No. 14

Making the case: Renner had one of the most successful seasons in school history in his first year playing Larry Fedora's version of the hurry-up spread, setting a single-season school record with 28 touchdown passes, breaking his old mark of 26 set in 2011. Only one other North Carolina quarterback -- Chris Keldorf (23 in 1996) -- has thrown for at least 20 touchdowns in a season.

He also set the UNC single-season record for total offense with 3,394 yards in 12 games, breaking the mark of 3,341 set by T.J. Yates in 2010.

His final four games may have been his finest of the season. Renner threw for 300 or more yards in each of those contests, throwing for 1,328 combined yards, 11 touchdowns and just two interceptions. He already has the school record with at least eight 300-yard games in his career. Though teammate Giovani Bernard meant so much to the Tar Heels offense, having a quarterback as good as Renner meant a great deal, too, and was a big reason why this team had one of the best offenses in the ACC. Having Renner back is huge for 2013.

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