Counting down the ACC's top 30 players: No. 12

Posted by ESPN.com's Heather Dinich

No. 12. Quan Sturdivant, LB, UNC, 6-2, 235

Why he's here: He's a game changer, and he led the nation with 87 unassisted tackles last year and led UNC with 122. Sturdivant proved this spring he's capable of replacing Mark Paschal at middle linebacker, and his move will open things up for Zach Brown and make this group even faster. Sturdivant finished the season ranked third in the ACC and 20th in the country with 9.4 tackles per game.

One of Sturdivant's most impressive outings last year was against Notre Dame. He intercepted a pass and returned it 32 yards for a touchdown that pulled Carolina within 17-16. Butch Davis called it an "inspirational" play, and UNC fans can expect more of them this fall. He also had a 57-yard interception return against Rutgers, and a team-best 11 tackles against West Virginia in the Meineke Car Care Bowl.

No. 13 Thaddeus Lewis, Duke
No. 14 Bruce Carter, North Carolina

No. 15 Vince Oghobaase, Duke
No. 16 Stephan Virgil, Virginia Tech
No. 17 Jacoby Ford, Clemson
No. 18 Dekoda Watson, Florida State
No. 19 Nate Irving, NC State
No. 20 Chris Chancellor, Clemson
No. 21 Kam Chancellor, Virginia Tech
No. 22 Christian Ponder, Florida State
No. 23 Anthony Castonzo, Boston College
No. 24 Da'Quan Bowers, Clemson
No. 25 Sergio Render, Virginia Tech
No. 26 John Russell, Wake Forest
No. 27 Riley Skinner, Wake Forest
No. 28 Vic Hall, Virginia
No. 29 Da'Rel Scott, Maryland
No. 30 Matt Bosher, Miami