2013 Top 25 player countdown: No. 11

January, 28, 2014
No. 11 Rashad Greene, WR, Florida State

Previous ranking: No. 18

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Joshua S. Kelly/USA TODAY SportsWide receiver Rashad Greene came up big in Florida State's biggest games this season.
Making the case: On an offense brimming with talent, Greene stood out as the second-best player behind Heisman winner Jameis Winston for one huge reason: Greene is as clutch as they come. You don't need more proof than the 49-yard catch and run he had in the BCS national title game against Auburn -- a play that set up the game-winning touchdown. Greene had his two best performances in 2013 in the two biggest games of the season -- eight catches for 146 yards and two touchdowns against Clemson; and nine catches for 147 yards against Auburn.

Here are a few more examples of just how clutch Greene was throughout the course of the season: Greene had 18 third-down catches; all of them went for first downs. Fifty of his receptions went for a first down, tied for third in the ACC. In the red zone, Greene was Winston's favorite target (eight catches on 14 throws).

Not only did Greene earn first-team All-ACC honors, he notched his first 1,000 yard receiving season and had 76 catches -- the second-highest single-season total in school history. He has led the team in receiving all three years he has been at Florida State. You can see why the Seminoles jumped for joy when Greene announced he would return for his senior season.

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