Friday, August 26, 2011
Top 25 player countdown: No. 2
By ESPN.com staff ESPN.com
No. 2. Quinton Coples, DE, UNC
Tar Heels defensive end Quinton Coples, 90, had 10 sacks last season.
2010 stats: He started 12 of the 13 games he played in and ranked third in the league and 16th in the country in sacks per game. He had 10 sacks on the year, which ranked in the top five in the country among defensive tackles. He also ranked seventh in the league with 15.5 tackles for losses. He finished fourth on the team with 59 total tackles and had a team-high 12 quarterback pressures, two pass breakups and one forced fumble.
Previously ranked: No. 13
Making the case for Coples: He was one of the best linemen in the country last year and he was playing out of position. Now that Coples has moved back to his natural end position, he should flourish even more. He has the ability to disrupt the passing game, pressure the quarterback, get into opponents’ backfields and find the ball.