Friday, February 17, 2012
2011 ACC postseason top 25: No. 17
By ESPN.com staff
No. 17. Sean Spence, LB, Miami
2011 stats: His 14 tackles for loss ranked second in the ACC and 31st nationally at 1.27 per game. He tied for fifth place in the ACC with 106 total tackles and ended the year second among all NCAA players with 47 career tackles for loss. Spence averaged 9.64 tackles per game (fourth in conference). He also finished the season with three sacks, one pass breakup and one forced fumble.
Previous ranking: No. 8
Making the case for Spence: He won the team award for the most outstanding player on defense, and was a first-team all-conference selection and a semifinalist for the Butkus Award. He was honored as the ACC’s Linebacker of the Week for three straight weeks after impressive performances against Virginia Tech, North Carolina and Georgia Tech. Not only was he a playmaker on defense, but he was also a team captain, coach on the field, and Miami’s vocal leader on and off the field.
No. 18 Zebrie Sanders, OT, Florida State
No. 19 Joe Vellano, DT, Maryland
No. 20 Lamar Miller, RB, Miami
No. 21 Chris Givens, WR, Wake Forest
No. 22 Terrell Manning, LB, NC State
No. 23 Matt Conrath, DT, Virginia
No. 24 Omoregie Uzzi, RG, Georgia Tech
No. 25 Brandon Jenkins, DE, Florida State