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Tuesday, January 22, 2013
2012 postseason top 25 players: No. 25

By Heather Dinich

Here is a second chance at getting this right.

Now that the season is over, it's time to take a look back at who the top 25 players were in the ACC during the 2012 season. It's become a tradition in the blogs to rank the top 25 players each preseason, but the list always looks different come January. Some players earn spots, move up or fall off the list entirely. Suspensions, injuries, team success -- all factors that are weighed in the ranking. In the end, it's an impossible task (how do you truly compare a guard with a safety?), but we give it our best shot (and trust me, we agonize over these lists). Of course, some very good players are always left off the list, and we'll let you know who just missed the cut when it's all said and done. Until then, let the countdown begin ...

No. 25. Mike Glennon, QB, NC State

2012 stats: He led the ACC in passing average per game with 310.1 yards. He completed 58.5 percent of his passes for 4,031 yards, 31 touchdowns and 17 interceptions. He was No. 6 in the ACC in passing efficiency (130.7), and he was No. 2 in the ACC in total offense (297.5) behind Tajh Boyd.

Previous ranking: No. 5

Making the case for Glennon: Did you see him in the fourth quarter of the 17-16 upset against then-ranked No. 3 Florida State? Glennon completed three fourth-down passes, including two inside the 15 en route to the game-winning touchdown pass to Bryan Underwood with 16 seconds left. Glennon was the only quarterback in the ACC and one of just three in the BCS to have accounted for all of his team’s passing yards in 2012. During the regular season, Glennon went 30-of-52 (.577) for 202 yards, with 13 touchdowns and one interception. With his 31 touchdown passes last season, Glennon became the first quarterback in school history to pass for 30 or more touchdowns in two different seasons. Glennon and Boyd are the only players in ACC history to ever accomplish that feat.