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Top 25 player countdown: No. 18

No. 18. Greg Reid, CB, Florida State

2010 numbers: Reid started 14 games last year at boundary corner. He led the team and ranked fifth in the ACC in kickoff returns (23.9 avg), and set a school single-season record of 724 yards on 30 returns with a long of 55. He also broke a 36-year-old school single-game record with 193 kickoff return yards against UNC. He also led the Noles in punt returns with 314 yards on 31 attempts. He led the team with 14 pass breakups and 17 passes defended and had three interceptions. He ranked fourth on the team with 65 tackles.

Previous ranking: No. 10

Making the case for Reid: He’s got great instincts, he’s an exciting player, and he’s one of the most versatile athletes in the ACC. He’s a tremendous asset in the return game, and he has great vision and awareness on the field. The best example of what Reid is capable of came in the Chick-fil-A Bowl when he was named the game’s defensive MVP. He had five tackles, two forced fumbles and four pass breakups against the SEC East champs, South Carolina. Reid combines with Xavier Rhodes to form one of the top cornerback tandems in the country.

No. 19 Ray-Ray Armstrong, S, Miami

No. 20 Lamar Miller, RB, Miami

No. 21 Conner Vernon, WR, Duke

No. 22 Jarrett Boykin, WR, Virginia Tech

No. 23 Omoregie Uzzi, OG, Georgia Tech

No. 24 Andre Ellington, RB, Clemson

No. 25 EJ Manuel, QB, Florida State