Top opposing cornerbacks

Less than two months away from the start of the 2012 season, CUTigers takes a look at the top cornerbackS Clemson will face.

1. David Amerson, N.C. State
2011: Amerson finished first in the country with 13 interceptions -- six more than any other FBS player. The mark was the most by an individual in FBS play since 1968 and was tied for the second-best total in FBS history.

A Walter Camp and ESPN first-team All-American, Amerson also picked up second-team honors from Sports Illustrated, the Associated Press, Yahoo and CBSSports.com.

He set the ACC single-season interception record in N.C. State's upset win over Clemson. Amerson also finished the game with five tackles.

What he's doing here: Amerson, who was one of five freshmen to start at N.C. State in 2010, was in the starting 11 for nine games at boundary corner that season. He was moved to the field corner spot in 2011 and was a first-team All-ACC performer.

Not only is Amerson the most talented cornerbacks in the ACC, he's arguably the best cornerback in the country. At 6-foot-3, 194 pounds, Amerson is likely a first-round NFL Draft pick.



2. Xavier Rhodes, Florida State
2011: Rhodes was seventh on the team with 43 total tackles, five pass breakups and one interception. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound cornerback suffered a knee injury in the bowl game against Notre Dame.

Against Clemson, Rhodes was in on five tackles.

What he's doing here: Rhodes made a name for himself as a redshirt freshmen when he had four interceptions. Despite the drop off in production a year later, he tested the NFL Draft waters, but a second- or third-round grade from the advisory board brought him back to Florida State.

With another year under his belt, Rhodes could also be a first-round selection.



3. Kyle Fuller, Virginia Tech
2011: Fuller finished his sophomore season with 65 tackles, 14.5 tackles for loss and 4.5 sacks. He also had two interceptions, nine pass breakups, five quarterback hurries, a fumble recovery and a forced fumble.

Against Clemson in the ACC Championship game, Fuller recorded eight tackles.

What he's doing here: Fuller, a 6-foot, 180-pound junior, has worked primarily as a nickel back during his first two years at Virginia Tech. He'll work more on the outside at cornerback this season.

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