2013 Top 25 Player Countdown: No. 5

We've reached our final linebacker of the countdown.

No. 5: Prince Shembo

Previous ranking: No. 10

Making the case: Shembo is likely Notre Dame's best linebacker, a consistent and athletic force who can get to the quarterback with relative ease. Boston College's Chase Rettig learned this the hard way, as Shembo sacked him three times in last season's Nov. 10 contest and won national defensive player of the week honors. Shembo started all 13 games at the Cat last season, finishing second on the team in both sacks (seven) and tackles for loss (10.5). Shembo finished his junior year with 51 total tackles, one breakup, one pass defended, one fumble recovery and a team-best 12 quarterback hurries.

The countdown

No. 6 T.J. Jones

No. 7 DaVaris Daniels

No. 8 Chris Watt

No. 9 Tommy Rees

No. 10 Danny Spond

No. 11 George Atkinson III

No. 12 Dan Fox

No. 13 Matthias Farley

No. 14 KeiVarae Russell

No. 15 Christian Lombard

No. 16 Sheldon Day

No. 17 Carlo Calabrese

No. 18 Jarrett Grace

No. 19 Amir Carlisle

No. 20 Troy Niklas

No. 21 Elijah Shumate

No. 22 C.J. Prosise

No. 23 Ishaq Williams

No. 24 Kyle Brindza

No. 25 Greg Bryant