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2012 postseason top 25 players: No. 13

2/7/2013

No. 13. EJ Manuel, QB, Florida State

2012 stats: He completed 68 percent of his passes for 3,392 yards, 23 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He averaged 242.3 passing yards per game. He also ran for 310 yards and four touchdowns.

Previous ranking: No. 9

Making the case for Manuel: He led Florida State to its first ACC title since 2005, and a Discover Orange Bowl win against Northern Illinois. Despite his mom’s battle with breast cancer all season long, Manuel remained a steadfast leader to his teammates and helped the team bounce back from its road loss to NC State. He finished his career third in FSU history for career passing yards and third in career completions at FSU.

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