Stephon TuittDefensive end | Notre Dame
Wait, isn't Aaron Lynch supposed to be here? You remember him, don't you? The freshman All-American end looked like the next big thing at Notre Dame before homesickness led the Florida native to transfer to USF in the spring. Lost in all that was Tuitt, who also made an impact in his first year with the Irish but has grown leaps and bounds since. The 6-6, 303-pound Georgia native displayed his athleticism with a 77-yard fumble return for a score in this year's opener and hasn't slowed since, forcing three fumbles and recording 12 sacks, 1.5 off Justin Tuck's school record.
-- Matt Fortuna