- Heather Dinich, ESPN Staff Writer
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No. 15. Lamarcus Joyner, DB, Florida State
2012 stats: He finished the season with 51 total tackles, 1.5 tackles for loss, one interception and six passes defended. He also had 18 kick returns for 424 yards.
Previous ranking: No. 19
Making the case for Joyner: Joyner’s decision to return for his senior season instead of leaving early for the NFL draft was a huge boost to the Noles’ defense. His combination of experience and talent will be invaluable. Joyner, a first-team All-ACC selection, started all 14 games at strong safety in 2012 and enters 2013 with a streak of 27 consecutive starts. He has played in every game since he arrived at Florida State as a freshman in 2010.
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