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List Rules Please vote for the players on their on-field accomplishments only. Only college football players based on their 2012 season

The best college football players of 2012 are those talented young men who lead their respective NCAA Football teams to greatness in the 2012 season. these top quarterbacks, running backs, wide receivers and other positional players each bring something special to their college football teams that sets them apart as the best NCAA Football players of 2012.

As the honor is awarded to the top college football player, it's no surprise that the 2012 Heisman Trophy will likely go to one of these players. Prior to the beginning of the season, players such as USC quarterback Matt Barkey, Michigan's double threat Denard Robinson and South Carolina running back Marcus Lattimore all had their name floating around in Heisman race talk but poor performance, or in Lattimore's case a tragic injury, have made way for others to take that spotlight.

Other 2012 top college football quarterbacks like Collin Klein from the Kansas State Wildcats, AJ McCarron from the perennial favorite Alabama Crimson Tide and hidden gem Johnny Manziel from the Texas A&M Aggies all each rose to the task in 2012 and landed among the elite players of the year. But it wasn't just quarterbacks shining with other players such as Oregon running back Kenjon Barner, Wisconsin rusher Montee Ball and Notre Dame linebacker Manti Te'o each earning spots as the top college football players of 2012.

Which 2012 college football player is the best? Who will take home the Heisman? Vote for the players you think are the most deserving below, add any not already listed or re-rank this list your way to count down the top college football players of 2012.
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1
1,695 607
Johnny Manziel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012

2
1,338 468
Jadeveon Clowney is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
Defensive end

3
498 333
Jarvis Jones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012

4
684 467
Eddie Lacy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
Running back

5
570 413
Barrett Jones is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012

6
551 467
AJ McCarron is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
Quarterback

7
746 527
Marcus Lattimore is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012

8
531 410
Kenjon Barner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012

9
470 337
DeAnthony Thomas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012

10
447 395
Braxton Miller is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
Quarterback

11
406 344
Teddy Bridgewater is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012

12
445 371
Marqise Lee is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
Wide receiver

13
517 364
DeMontre Moore is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012

14
382 336
Montee Ball is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
Running back

15
396 330
Marcus Mariota is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012

16
740 552
12th Man - Lennay Kekua is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
12th Man - Lennay Kekua

17
69 44
tj yeldon is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
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18
100 80
Aaron Murray is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
Quarterback

19
50 30
Dee Milliner is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012

20
46 28
Amari Cooper is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012

21
311 359
Sammy Watkins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012

22
327 398
Tajh Boyd is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012

23
1 3
Robert Woods is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
Wide receiver

24
86 77
Ace sanders is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012

25
254 340
Collin Klein is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012

26
198 254
Le'Veon Bell is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012

27
230 280
DeAndre Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
Wide receiver

28
86 99
Mike Gillislee is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
Running back

29
9 5
Jake Mathews is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012

30
8 4
Stephon Tuitt is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
Stephon Tuitt

31
5 2
tavon austin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
tavon austin

32
6 6
Greg Mathews is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
Wide receiver

33
115 147
Matt Elam is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
Safety

34
1 1
Mike Vick is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
Mike Vick

35
114 191
Geno Smith is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
Quarterback

36
1 2
Kadeem Carey is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
Kadeem Carey

37
151 214
Terrance Williams is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012

38
3 5
Russell Wilson is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
Quarterback

39
110 163
Kyle Van Noy is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012

40
4 7
Cam Newton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
Quarterback

41
134 239
E. J. Manuel is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
Quarterback

42
1 4
Devonta Freeman is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
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43
1 6
Colin Kaepernick is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
Quarterback

44
78 119
Cordarelle Patterson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012

45
176 315
Denard Robinson is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
Running back, Quarterback, Wide receiver

46
164 240
Rex Burkhead is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
Running back

47
149 242
Tyler Wilson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
Quarterback

48
63 104
Duke Johnson is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012

49
6 19
Thomas Tyner is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012

50
50 81
Tim Tebow is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
Quarterback