ACC's Top 25 player countdown: No. 17

No. 17. Tyrod Taylor, QB, Virginia Tech

2009 numbers: He completed 136 of 243 passes for 2,311 yards, 13 touchdowns and five interceptions. He led the ACC and ranked 13th nationally in passing efficiency with a 149.39 rating.

Most recent ranking: Not ranked.

Making the case for Taylor: He showed in the final minute of the Nebraska game last year that he can be a game-changer, and in his final season as a Hokie, Taylor will be surrounded by talent to make his job easier. His ability to run forces defenses to stay alert. Taylor enters the fall as the ACC’s active career leader in total offense (5,811), fifth in career active passing (4,274) and seventh on the ACC career rushing list for a quarterback with 1,537 yards.

No. 18 Donovan Varner, WR, Duke

No. 19 Alex Wujciak, LB, Maryland

No. 20 Montel Harris, RB, Boston College

No. 21 Torrey Smith, WR, Maryland

No. 22 Greg Reid, CB, Florida State

No. 23 Anthony Allen, RB, Georgia Tech

No. 24 Ras-I Dowling, CB, Virginia

No. 25 Mark Herzlich, LB, Boston College