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Debuted with a 10--4 record and a bowl win in 2010, then signed the nation's top recruiting class in February. The future is bright in Tallahassee.
Players to Watch (Top performers from unranked teams)
LUKE KUECHLY MLB, Boston College, Junior
His first year at the heart of the Eagles's defense was a smashing success: With 183 tackles (110 of them were solo) he led the nation in that category and earned All-America honors.
CONNER VERNON WR, Duke, Junior
The ACC's leading receiver last season, with 73 catches, he'll team with pint-sized Donovan Varner (5'9" and 175 pounds) to give the Blue Devils the conference's most formidable wideout tandem.
BRANDON WASHINGTON RG, Miami, Junior
The 6'4", 320-pound All-ACC performer anchors an offensive line that allowed 17 sacks last fall, the second fewest in the conference.
CHASE MINNIFIELD CB, Virginia, Senior
Despite a nagging ankle sprain late last season, the ball hawking playmaker finished seventh nationally with six interceptions.