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List Rules Please rank the running backs based on their 2012 season only. No NFL players

The top college football running backs in 2012 put the foot in football as they sprint down the field. These top 2012 NCAA Football running backs will lead all others in carries, rushing yards and rushing touchdowns, among other rushing stats. These top college football running backs might not all be on the short list as 2012 Heisman Trophy candidates but they are each incredible assets to their teams.

Prior to the 2012 season, two names dominated the NCAA Football running back discussion, Montee Ball and Marcus Lattimore. Ball, a rusher for the Wisconsin Badgers, was seen as ready to blow away the competition in 2012 however his season was put in jeopardy when in week four he suffered a head injury in a game against the UTEP Miners. Lattimore on the other hand started the season strong with a 110-yard performance in South Carolina's opener against Vanderbilt but has seen a slight reduction in action in the next few games.

If Ball and Lattimore don't bounce back, there are plenty of other college football running backs looking to take the spotlight. Rex Burkhead of the Nebraska Cornhuskers, Joseph Randle of the Oklahoma State Cowboys, Kenjon Barner of the Oregon Ducks and Andre Ellington of the Clemson Tigers are just a few of the other promising rushers ready to shine in the 2012 season.

Just like everyone has a favorite college football quarterback, how you determine the best college football running backs is much a matter of opinion. So if you see your favorite too high (or rival too low), feel free to vote up or down as needed. Also, add any we may have missed or re-rank this list to your satisfaction, all below.

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Eddie Lacy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Top College Football Running Backs 2012
Eddie Lacy Running back - Alabama

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De'Anthony Thomas is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Top College Football Running Backs 2012

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Montee Ball is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Top College Football Running Backs 2012
Montee Ball Running back - Wisconsin

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Kenjon Barner is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Top College Football Running Backs 2012

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Rex Burkhead is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Top College Football Running Backs 2012
Rex Burkhead Running back - Nebraska

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Melvin Gordon is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Top College Football Running Backs 2012

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Giovani Bernard is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Top College Football Running Backs 2012
Giovani Bernard Running back - North Carolina

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Le'Veon Bell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Top College Football Running Backs 2012
Le'Veon Bell Michigan State

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Marcus Lattimore is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Top College Football Running Backs 2012
Marcus Lattimore South Carolina

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Stepfan Taylor is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Top College Football Running Backs 2012

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Spencer Ware is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Top College Football Running Backs 2012
Spencer Ware Running back - LSU

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Joseph Randle is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Top College Football Running Backs 2012
Joseph Randle Running back - Oklahoma State

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Cierre Wood is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Top College Football Running Backs 2012
Cierre Wood Running back - Notre Dame

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Andre Ellington is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Top College Football Running Backs 2012

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Christine Michael is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Top College Football Running Backs 2012

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Johnathan Franklin is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Top College Football Running Backs 2012
Johnathan Franklin Running back - UCLA

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Jawan Jamison is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Top College Football Running Backs 2012

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Zac Stacy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Top College Football Running Backs 2012

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Knile Davis is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Top College Football Running Backs 2012
Knile Davis Arkansas

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Cody Getz is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Top College Football Running Backs 2012

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John White is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Top College Football Running Backs 2012

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Silas Redd is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Top College Football Running Backs 2012
Silas Redd Running back

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Robbie Rouse is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Top College Football Running Backs 2012

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Ray Graham is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Top College Football Running Backs 2012
Ray Graham Running back - Pittsburgh

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Stefphon Jefferson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Top College Football Running Backs 2012

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Cameron Marshall is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Top College Football Running Backs 2012
Cameron Marshall Running back - Arizona State