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Top 25 player countdown: No. 4

No. 4. Brandon Jenkins, DE, Florida State

2010 stats: He ranked sixth nationally in total sacks with 13.5, and was tied for fourth nationally with 21.5 tackles for loss -- the third-best season in FSU history. He also had two forced fumbles, two pass breakups, four quarterback hurries, and finished with 63 total tackles.

Previous ranking: No. 12

Making the case for Jenkins: He had one of the best seasons in school history last year and he was only a true sophomore and first-year starter. He should only be better this fall, and that's scary-good. Jenkins has good instincts, reacts well to the ball, and is a natural pass-rusher. He was the top contributor to Florida State’s nation-leading 48 sacks last year, one of the Noles’ biggest areas of improvement last season. He had two-sack games five times last season, and was recognized as the team’s MVP at the annual football banquet.

No. 5 Montel Harris, RB, Boston College

No. 6 Donte Paige-Moss, DE, North Carolina

No. 7 Andrew Datko, LT, Florida State

No. 8 Sean Spence, LB, Miami

No. 9 Kenny Tate, LB, Maryland

No. 10 David Wilson, RB, Virginia Tech

No. 11 Dwight Jones, WR, North Carolina

No. 12 Xavier Rhodes, CB, Florida State

No. 13 Brandon Washington, OL, Miami

No. 14 Danny O'Brien, QB, Maryland

No. 15 Sean Renfree, QB, Duke

No. 16 Chase Minnifield, CB, Virginia

No. 17 Cam Johnson, DE, Virginia

No. 18 Greg Reid, CB, Florida State

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