The Sun Devils are counting on Vontaze Burfict to be the leader of their defense in 2011.
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Vontaze Burfict

Linebacker | Arizona State

Vontaze Burfict led Arizona State -- and was ninth in the Pac-10 in 2010 -- with 90 tackles, including 8.5 for a loss, in 2010 and earned second-team all-conference honors. He also forced two fumbles. But Burfict's story isn't just about numbers. He's fast and physical and perhaps the most intense -- and intimidating -- player in college football. The 6-foot-3, 252-pound junior is a favorite for the Butkus Award, given annually to the nation's best linebacker.

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