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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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Johnny Manziel is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
Johnny Manziel

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1,332 466
Jadeveon Clowney is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
Jadeveon Clowney Defensive end

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495 332
Jarvis Jones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012

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681 465
Eddie Lacy is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
Eddie Lacy Running back

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567 411
Barrett Jones is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012

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547 464
AJ McCarron is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
AJ McCarron Quarterback

7
741 526
Marcus Lattimore is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012

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530 407
Kenjon Barner is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012

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468 335
DeAnthony Thomas is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012

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444 391
Braxton Miller is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
Braxton Miller Quarterback

11
403 342
Teddy Bridgewater is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012

12
443 369
Marqise Lee is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
Marqise Lee Wide receiver

13
517 362
DeMontre Moore is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012

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382 334
Montee Ball is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
Montee Ball Running back

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395 329
Marcus Mariota is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012

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740 550
12th Man - Lennay Kekua is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
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49 28
Dee Milliner is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012

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97 78
Aaron Murray is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
Aaron Murray Quarterback

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66 44
tj yeldon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
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42 26
Amari Cooper is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012

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308 358
Sammy Watkins is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012

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326 396
Tajh Boyd is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012

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85 75
Ace sanders is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012

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0 2
Robert Woods is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
Robert Woods Wide receiver

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252 339
Collin Klein is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012

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196 254
Le'Veon Bell is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012

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9 4
Jake Mathews is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012

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228 279
DeAndre Hopkins is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
DeAndre Hopkins Wide receiver

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7 3
Stephon Tuitt is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
Stephon Tuitt

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84 99
Mike Gillislee is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
Mike Gillislee Running back

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3 1
tavon austin is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
tavon austin

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6 5
Greg Mathews is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
Greg Mathews Wide receiver

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1 1
Kadeem Carey is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
Kadeem Carey

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114 147
Matt Elam is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
Matt Elam Safety

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114 190
Geno Smith is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
Geno Smith Quarterback

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0 0
Mike Vick is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
Mike Vick

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3 4
Russell Wilson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
Russell Wilson Quarterback

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151 214
Terrance Williams is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012

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

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1 5
Colin Kaepernick is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
Colin Kaepernick Quarterback

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

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78 118
Cordarelle Patterson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012

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2 7
Cam Newton is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
Cam Newton Quarterback

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176 314
Denard Robinson is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
Denard Robinson Running back, Quarterback, Wide receiver

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164 240
Rex Burkhead is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
Rex Burkhead Running back

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149 242
Tyler Wilson is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
Tyler Wilson Quarterback

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63 104
Duke Johnson is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012

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6 19
Thomas Tyner is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012

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0 4
Devonta Freeman is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
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49 80
Tim Tebow is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best College Football Players of 2012
Tim Tebow Quarterback