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Tuesday, August 23, 2011
Top 25 player countdown: No. 5

By ESPN.com staff
ESPN.com

No. 5. Montel Harris, RB, Boston College

2010 stats: He started 11 games before injuring his knee against Virginia. Despite the injury, Harris led the ACC and ranked 16th in the country with 103.6 yards per game. He racked up eight 100-yard games and had six in a row before his injury. He finished with 1,243 yards and eight touchdowns on 269 carries. He also caught 18 passes for 112 yards and a touchdown.

Previous ranking: No. 17

Making the case for Harris: He is a record-setter who has made his mark as one of the most productive running backs in the ACC. He is the school’s leader in carries (756) and 100-yard games (21) and ranks second at BC in rushing yards (3,600) and is third in touchdowns (27). He holds the ACC record for the most rushing yards through his junior year and enters this season as the ACC’s active leader in rushing yards and carries. What he’s done for the Eagles’ otherwise inept offense can’t be measured. At a program where the quarterback position has been a question in recent years, Harris has easily been the most dependable option on offense.

No. 6 Donte Paige-Moss, DE, North Carolina

No. 7 Andrew Datko, LT, Florida State

No. 8 Sean Spence, LB, Miami

No. 9 Kenny Tate, LB, Maryland

No. 10 David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech

No. 11 Dwight Jones, WR, North Carolina

No. 12 Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

No. 13 Brandon Washington, OL, Miami

No. 14 Danny O'Brien, QB, Maryland

No. 15 Sean Renfree, QB, Duke

No. 16 Chase Minnifield, CB, Virginia

No. 17 Cam Johnson, DE, Virginia

No. 18 Greg Reid, CB, Florida State

No. 19 Ray-Ray Armstrong, S, Miami

No. 20 Lamar Miller, RB, Miami

No. 21 Conner Vernon, WR, Duke

No. 22 Jarrett Boykin, WR, Virginia Tech

No. 23 Omoregie Uzzi, OG, Georgia Tech

No. 24 Andre Ellington, RB, Clemson

No. 25 EJ Manuel, QB, Florida State