Top 25 player countdown: No. 5

No. 5. Mike Glennon, QB, NC State

2011 stats: Glennon threw for 31 touchdowns, the second-highest mark in school history behind Philip Rivers. He started all 13 games, completed 62.5 percent of his passes for 3,054 yards and 12 interceptions.

Previous ranking: Not ranked.

Making the case for Glennon: In his first season as a starter, Glennon quickly emerged from the shadow of Russell Wilson and was one of the ACC’s most productive passers. His improvement each game was measurable, and over the final three games of the season, he threw 11 touchdowns and two interceptions. Glennon is a talented drop-back passer with great size, arm strength and accuracy. He went to the Manning Passing Academy this summer, and should take another step forward this fall.