2. Sean Spence -- By far Miami's best defender so far this season, Spence missed the opener but has been excellent in every game since. He's averaging 11 tackles per game and has been the vocal and emotional leader of a defense that has really struggled at times. It's hard to imagine where this defense, and team, would be without Spence. If he continues playing at this level, he will likely receive some All-American recognition at the end of the season.
3. Jacory Harris -- One of the most improved players in the entire conference, Harris is having an excellent senior season. His TD-INT ratio is 4:1 and he's making a lot of big league throws. He's shown better pocket presence. Aside from a couple bad picks against Ohio State and a poor use of time in the two-minute drill against Virginia Tech, Harris has been excellent since the start of the season. Jedd Fisch deserves a lot of credit but Harris has made a tremendous turnaround and is having an All-ACC type season.
4. Brandon Washington -- Miami's best returning lineman from last season, Washington started the season at right tackle but has been playing left tackle ever since. Sacks are down and he's done a quality job protecting Harris' blindside. A true guard by trade, Washington has filled in very nicely as Seantrel Henderson has been slowly worked back in from his preseason surgery.
5. Tommy Streeter -- Canes fans have been waiting a few years for the junior to finally break out. It's happened. He's been Harris' second favorite target but he's clearly Miami's best redzone weapon in the passing game. He's also been the team's top deep threat. His size and speed combination has been difficult for opposing defenses to handle and he's having an All-ACC type season.
6. Travis Benjamin -- After missing the season opener against Maryland, Benjamin has been very productive for the Canes this season. He leads the team in receptions and receiving yards and has also been the team's top return man on special teams. He's still a major threat every time he touches the ball but it's been his underneath work that has really helped him elevate his game this season.