2013 Top 25 Player Countdown: No. 17


We go into the weekend looking at No. 17, a familiar face to the Irish D.

No. 17: Carlo Calabrese, LB

Previous ranking: Not ranked

Making the case: Calabrese is back for a fifth season with the Irish, and he could see opportunities at both the Mike and the Will after splitting time with the Dan Fox at the Will the past two seasons (and starting there in 2010). Calabrese has averaged nearly 49 total tackles per season over the last three campaigns, totaling nine tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks and forcing a fumble in last year's Senior Day shutout of Wake Forest. He is a big hitter who has been great against the run and is one more proven veteran on a linebacking corps that, despite the loss of Manti Te'o, will be even deeper this season.

The countdown

No. 18 Jarrett Grace

No. 19 Amir Carlisle

No. 20 Troy Niklas

No. 21 Elijah Shumate

No. 22 C.J. Prosise

No. 23 Ishaq Williams

No. 24 Kyle Brindza

No. 25 Greg Bryant