Wednesday, August 15, 2012
Top 25 player countdown: No. 13
By Heather Dinich
No. 13. James Gayle, DE, Virginia Tech
2011 stats: He started all 13 games he played in and had 38 tackles, including 12.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks -- which tied him for sixth in the ACC. He also had 20 quarterback hurries.
Previous ranking: Not ranked.
Making the case for Gayle: This past spring, Gayle earned Super Iron Hokie honors when he recorded a 39½-inch vertical jump, 400-pound bench press and 4.44 40-yard dash. Yikes. Gayle has the combination of size, strength, speed and athletic ability needed to become a dominant defensive end in the conference. There are high expectations for him in Blacksburg this year. He had a good, consistent spring, he just needs to stay healthy, focused and keep it up.
- No. 14 Bryn Renner, QB, North Carolina
- No. 15 Conner Vernon, WR, Duke
- No. 16 Giovani Bernard, RB, UNC
- No. 17 Dalton Freeman, C, Clemson
- No. 18 Andre Ellington, RB, Clemson
- No. 19 Lamarcus Joyner, S, Florida State
- No. 20 Michael Campanaro, WR, Wake Forest
- No. 21 Jeremiah Attaochu, LB, Georgia Tech
- No. 22 Omoregie Uzzi, OG, Georgia Tech
- No. 23 Bruce Taylor, LB, Virginia Tech
- No. 24 Bud Noel, DB, Wake Forest
- No. 25 Nikita Whitlock, NG, Wake Forest