Friday, February 22, 2013
2012 postseason top 25 players: No. 2
By Andrea Adelson
We are doubling up today so we can end the countdown Monday with No. 1. Bet you have already figured it out ...
No. 2 Bjoern Werner, DE, Florida State
2012 stats: Werner led the ACC and ranked second in the NCAA with 13 total sacks, en route to winning ACC Defensive Player of the Year and unanimous All-America honors. He entered the Orange Bowl leading the nation in yards accumulated on tackles behind the line of scrimmage (134), and finished the season with a career-high 42 tackles, career-high 18 tackles for loss and eight pass breakups in addition to his career-high sack total.
Previous ranking: No. 11
Making the case: Based on what Werner did in 2011, just about everybody predicted he would be in line for a monster season. And he had one, dominating just about every lineman he faced en route to winning league defensive player of the year honors by a wide margin over teammate Cornellius "Tank" Carradine. Werner declared for the NFL draft when the season ended and is a surefire first-round pick, projected to go somewhere in the top 10.
Over his last two seasons, Werner recorded a sack or tackle for loss in 17 of Florida State's 27 games, and a tackle in 34 straight contets. He was one of just four defensive linemen in the NCAA to have eight or more pass breakups. Of the other three, nobody had more than five sacks. He ends his career with 23.5 sacks. Only Peter Boulware had more in his FSU career.
- No. 3 Jonathan Cooper, OG, UNC
- No. 4 Giovani Bernard, RB, UNC
- No. 5 DeAndre Hopkins, WR, Clemson
- No. 6 Cornellius "Tank" Carradine, DE, Florida State
- No. 7 Sylvester Williams, DT, North Carolina
- No. 8 Dalton Freeman, C, Clemson
- No. 9 Andre Ellington, RB, Clemson
- No. 10 Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State
- No. 11 Duke Johnson, RB, Miami
- No. 12 Conner Vernon, WR, Duke
- No. 13 EJ Manuel, QB, Florida State
- No. 14 Joe Vellano, DL, Maryland
- No. 15 Lamarcus Joyner, S, Florida State
- No. 16 Kevin Reddick, LB, North Carolina
- No. 17 Stefon Diggs, WR, Maryland
- No. 18 Ross Cockrell, CB, Duke
- No. 19 Dustin Hopkins, K, Florida State
- No. 20 Bryn Renner, QB, North Carolina
- No. 21 Alex Amidon, WR, Boston College
- No. 22 Antone Exum, CB, Virginia Tech
- No. 23 Omoregie Uzzi, OG, Georgia Tech
- No. 24 Michael Campanaro, WR, Wake Forest
- No. 25 Mike Glennon, QB, NC State