Monday, February 14, 2011
ACC's top 25 of 2010: No. 25
By ESPN.com staff ESPN.com
Last summer, each of the bloggers ranked the top 25 players in their respective conferences heading into the 2010 season. It was based on past performances and future potential. Well, now that the season is over, it's time to look back and get the list right. Much has changed in the ACC since then. A list that was comprised in part by talented North Carolina players whose seasons were derailed by the NCAA investigations has changed drastically. It's got a new look, and a new No. 1. This list is based on the performances of 2010, regardless of whether or not the player is returning in 2011. The countdown begins today.
Conner Vernon has 128 receptions and 1,719 receiving yards in his first two seasons.
No. 25. Conner Vernon, WR, Duke
2010 numbers: He led the ACC with 6.1 receptions per game and was third with 81.1 receiving yards per game. He had a league-high 73 catches -- one shy of the school’s single-season record -- for 973 yards and four touchdowns.
Previous ranking: Not ranked.
Making the case for Vernon: He ranked among the top 35 in the nation in all three major statistical receiving categories (receptions per game, receiving yards per game and total receiving yards.) Vernon, who set most freshman receiving records in 2009, is on pace to break the career records held by College Football Hall of Fame selection Clarkston Hines. He had more receptions and yards in his first two seasons at Duke than other Blue Devil.