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Don't forget about ...

We've talked about a few breakout players, and several newcomers to watch this spring, but there are also some familiar faces returning who tend to get overlooked.

(Quick, name the ACC's top receiver in 2009. If you guessed Demaryius Thomas, keep reading.)

Well, I'm here to remind you not to forget about these guys heading into spring practice. They were among the ACC's best in 2009, and should only be better in 2010, yet they're likely to be overshadowed by the Ryan Williams' and Tyrod Taylors of the world. Unless, of course, you're talking to the coaches and players preparing a game plan for them.

Here are three players who will finish among the ACC's statistical leaders in 2010 yet won't be tripping over any hype along the way:

Boston College running back Montel Harris: He's a microcosm of the whole program -- underrated. Harris was second in the ACC in rushing only to Williams with 112.1 yards per game last year. Harris had eight 100-yard rushing games last year, including against USC in the Emerald Bowl.

Duke receiver Donovan Varner: He caught 65 passes for 1,047 yards and eight touchdowns last fall. He was a first team All-ACC pick after becoming just the third player in Duke history to have 1,000-plus receiving yards in a single season. Varner led the ACC in receptions per game (5.4), and receiving yards per game (87.2).

Maryland receiver Torrey Smith: He's an exciting all-purpose player to watch, and now that C.J. Spiller has graduated, more fans might realize it. Smith led the Terps in receptions (61), receiving yards (824) and touchdowns (five). He also broke his own ACC single-season kickoff return yards mark (1,309) and the Maryland single-season all-purpose yards record (2,192).