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Florida State football: The top 20 opponent players FSU will face in 2015

Melina Vastola-USA TODAY Sports

Florida State football starts just 18 days from Tuesday. Who are the top players to lookout for? We take a look.

1. Deshaun Watson, QB, Clemson: A dual-threat, Watson put the ACC on notice in 2014 with his playmaking ability. Health will be the key in order for him to lead Clemson to their ultimate goal, but there is no denying the talent this kid possesses (67.9%, 10.7 ypa, 14 TD vs 2 INT, ran for 5 more TDs).

2. Vernon Hargreaves III, DB, Florida: Arguably the nation's top cover corner, Hargreaves has the experience (entering 3rd year starting), nice size (5'11, 192 lbs), and playmaking ability (6 Interceptions, 24 pass breakups in 2 years) that NFL scouts crave.

3. Justin Thomas, QB, Georgia Tech: Quite possibly the most explosive athlete Coach Paul Johnson has had to run his triple option, Thomas burst on the scene in 2014 racking up 26 total TDs (18 passing, 8 rushing), averaging 9.2 ypa in the air and 5.7 ypc on the ground while leading GT to the 2014 Coastal title.

4. Artavis Scott, WR, Clemson: The Tigers home run hitter, his burst allows him to score from anywhere on the field as was evidenced by his 4 touchdowns of 65 or more yards in 2014. A year older, the true sophomore should see his role as well as numbers rise in 2015.

5. Sheldon Rankins, DL, Louisville: An NFL style 3-4 end, 6'2 303 lbs, Rankins has the size, strength, and explosiveness to make life hell on opposing offenses. Looks to build off the impressive 2014 season in which he tallied 8 sacks and 13.5 tackles for a loss on a fearsome Cards defense.

6. James Burgess, LB, Louisville: The versatile co-leader of the Cards D (along with Kelsey), Burgess showed there wasn't much he couldn't do while piling up 3 sacks, 10 tackles for a loss, and 3 interceptions while finishing 3rd on the team in total tackles.

7. Mackensie Alexander, DB, Clemson: If you want to know who the best cover man in the ACC is, just ask Alexander, he isn't shy about his opinion. Decent size (5'10, 190 lbs), brimming with confidence, and with the required talent to back it up, Alexander will be a nightmare for most quarterbacks in the ACC in 2015 and 2016.

8. Brad Kaaya, QB, Miami: Trial by fire was the choice in Coral Gables for this young man, now in 2015 we look to see what he learned and how far he has progressed. With great size (6'4, 210 lbs), a strong arm, and the respect of his teammates, Kaaya is looking to return Miami amongst the nation's elite.

9. Mike Williams, WR, Clemson: Freak. 6'4, 210. Good hands. A guy like Scott can blow the lid off a defense, but Williams is the guy that will bail out Watson when times get tough. Jump balls, balls over the middle, the tough catches you have to have, that is where Williams thrives.

10. Raphael Kirby, LB, Miami: The new leader of the Canes' defense with the departure of Denzel Perryman, Kirby will look to build on a solid 2013 when he had 54 tackles, 4.5 for a loss, while forcing 2 fumbles and picking off 2 passes.

11. Jacoby Brissett, QB, NC State: Noles fans are well aware of this young man. Recruited by FSU, signed by Florida, and then after starting for the Pack last year, and putting FSU in a rather large 1st quarter hole, we all know what this young man is capable of. He looks to find more consistency this year in his final fall in Raleigh.

12. Demarcus Robinson, WR, Florida: Big play ability. At times in 2014 it seemed like he was the only offense UF had. Must find more consistency in order to help McElwain's new offense a smooth transition in 2015.

13. Keith Kelsey, LB, Louisville: The other co-leader of the Cards D (along with Burgess), Kelsey does a little of everything. 2nd on the team in tackles in 2014 (87 total), 3rd in sacks (6.0), the Gainesville, FL native combines with Burgess to form maybe the best 1-2 punch in the league at LB.

14. Jamal Golden, DB, Georgia Tech: The playmaker for the Tech D. Tied team lead with 4 interceptions in 2014, 1 went for a TD. Also forced 3 fumbles. Big (6'0, 195 lbs) safety who can play in the box but also can go out and make plays vs the pass.

15. Shadrach Thornton, RB, NC State: Rising senior who has seen his productivity increase each year with the Pack, Thornton is coming off a 2014 in which he rushed for 907 yards (5.5 ypc) an 9 TDs. His ability combined with Brissett should make the Pack offense well balanced.

16. Jabari Hunt-Days, DL, Georgia Tech: After missing the 2014 season due to eligibility concerns, Hunt-Days returns to the Jackets in 2015 looking to pick up where he left off in 2013 when he did a little of everything (2.5 sacks, 7 tackles for a loss, 1 interception, 1 forced fumble).

17. Joe Thuney, OL, NC State: An All-ACC caliber guard, Thuney will be a leader on the Pack line in 2015, a line that will have large expectations with Brissett and Thornton behind them.

18. Connor Wujciak, DL, Boston College: All-ACC third team in 2014, he is the exact kind of "dude" Coach Addazio likes. 6'3, 300 lbs, active. Wujciak will try and build off a solid 2014 when he had 7 tackles for a loss including 3 sacks.

19. Brandon Chubb, LB, Wake Forest: The man you must find and get a helmet on for the Deacs' D. 109 total tackles, 3 sacks, 6.5 for a loss, and a couple forced fumbles, the man will make plays out there.

20. Jon Hilliman, RB, Boston College: One thing you can count on each year is that BC will have a talented, physical back running the ball. Hilliman is no different, 6'0 224 lbs, as a true frosh in 2014 he piled up 860 yards and 13 TDs. Look for both numbers to improve in his 2nd season.

Agree or disagree with the order? Who do you think was snubbed?