Notre Dame 2012 Top 25 countdown: No. 17

Today we take a look at the one of the biggest offensive newcomers.

No. 17: DaVaris Daniels, WR

Making the case: If there was any bright spot to come out of the 42-14 title-game loss to Alabama, it was the play of Daniels, and the promise that he brings to the table these next three years with quarterback Everett Golson. Coming off a broken left clavicle that kept him out of the Irish's final two regular-season games, Daniels had a career-best 115-yard day on six catches. Despite being hobbled by an ankle injury early in the season, Daniels finished his first year of college action by recording 31 catches for 490 yards, and he could emerge as the Irish's No. 1 receiving threat next season. The redshirt freshman was instrumental in Notre Dame's Nov. 3 comeback against Pitt, hauling in a 45-yard pass late and netting 86 yards on seven catches.

Preseason ranking: 15

The countdown

No. 18 Chris Watt, LG

No. 19 George Atkinson III, RB

No. 20 Dan Fox, LB

No. 21 Matthias Farley, S

No. 22 KeiVarae Russell, CB

No. 23 Robby Toma, WR

No. 24 Kyle Brindza, K

No. 25 Chris Brown, WR