Our series continues today with the Wolfpack, who return a record-breaking cornerback.
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NC State: CB David Amerson
2011 stats: Amerson started 13 games, notching 59 tackles, five pass breakups and 13 interceptions, which he returned for a total of 205 yards and two touchdowns.
What he means to the Wolfpack: This one, like several others, is too easy. Except in other cases, that easy pick for most important player is the quarterback, and since we decided to challenge ourselves in this series by picking someone other than the quarterback, we finally get to make the easy choice. Moving from boundary to field corner after playing as a true freshman and recording no picks in 2010, Amerson's All-America sophomore campaign ended with him claiming the nation's interception crown, as his 13 were the most in the FBS since 1968 and matched the second-most in a single season in FBS history. The 13 picks were six more than any other player, and they marked an ACC single-season record. They also snapped a 73-year-old school record of nine picks, set by Art Rooney in 1937 and 1938. Amerson should be a first-round draft pick in 2013 with a strong junior campaign, and even though NC State returns all four of its starters in the secondary in 2012, there is no substitute for a playmaker at one of the cornerback spots, as we've seen offenses again and again look to keep things away from one side of the field when facing players of Amerson's caliber.