Now that we are midway through the season, it is time to take a look at our preseason Top 25 player countdown and do some reranking based on performance to date in 2013. You can see that our top 10 looks different than it did in August. We made this list based on how these players have played and the impact they have had on their team, in the league, and nationally, too.
1. QB Tajh Boyd, Clemson. Previous ranking: No. 1. Boyd leads the ACC in total offense (328.3 YPG) and passing yards per game (297.2 YPG), and has 15 TD passes and just two interceptions. He is No. 2 in the ESPN.com Heisman Watch.
2. QB Jameis Winston, Florida State. Previous ranking: Not ranked. Winston has been terrific in his first collegiate season, ranking just behind Boyd in total offense (315.2 YPG) and passing yards (288.2) while ranking No. 4 in the nation in adjusted QBR. He is No. 4 in the ESPN.com Heisman Watch.
3. DT Aaron Donald, Pitt. Previous ranking: No. 10. Donald has been outstanding for the Panthers this season, leading the country in both sacks per game (1.60 average) and tackles for loss per game (2.40 average). He has at least one sack in each game this year.
4. DE Vic Beasley, Clemson. Previous ranking: Not ranked. Beasley has nine total sacks and 12 tackles for loss, ranking just behind Donald with an average of 1.5 sacks per game and 2 tackles for loss per game. Beasley's development as an every-down player has helped Clemson improve defensively this season.
5. RB Andre Williams, Boston College. Previous ranking: Not ranked. Williams has been the biggest surprise this season, as he leads the ACC with an average of 139.7 yards per game. That average ranks him No. 6 in the nation.
6. RB Duke Johnson, Miami. Previous ranking: No. 3. Johnson is the only other back in the ACC averaging more than 100 yards per game, as he ranks right behind Williams (114.4 YPG). He leads the ACC in all-purpose yards (190.8 YPG).
7. CB Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech. Previous ranking: Not ranked. Fuller leads the ACC and ranks in the top 10 nationally in passes defended with 1.7 per game. His leadership in the secondary cannot be underestimated.
8. QB C.J. Brown, Maryland. Previous ranking: Not ranked. Brown missed last week with a concussion but has been outstanding in his return from a torn ACL. He ranks No. 3 in the ACC in total offense (282.2 YPG) and his ability to run has made him an even bigger threat.
9. WR Michael Campanaro, Wake Forest. Previous ranking: No. 13. Campanaro has been one of the best receivers in this league for a while, and this season is no different. On a mediocre Wake Forest offense, he leads the ACC in receptions per game (8.8) and receiving yards per game (116.4).
10. WR Sammy Watkins, Clemson. Previous ranking: No. 2. Watkins has gotten off to a much better start this season than last, with 36 catches for 582 yards and four touchdowns, on pace for a 1,000-yard season.