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.