Notre Dame 2012 Top 25 countdown: No. 14

Today brings us to the seventh-leading rusher in school history.

No. 14: Cierre Wood, RB

Making the case: Wood's final season at Notre Dame obviously got off to a bad start, as he was suspended for the first two games of the season for an unspecified violation of team rules. But the redshirt junior bounced back to rush for 742 yards and four touchdowns on just 114 carries, an average of 6.5 yards per rush. He eclipsed the 100-yard mark in three different games, and he added five catches for 25 yards. Wood graduated and elected to pass up a potential fifth-year at Notre Dame to enter the NFL draft, where he is expected to be a mid-round pick.

Preseason ranking: 3

The countdown

No. 15 Bennett Jackson, CB

No. 16 Tommy Rees, QB

No. 17 DaVaris Daniels, WR

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