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College Football's Top 20 Defensive Back Units for 2012

Florida State's Xavier Rhodes is one of the top cover corners in college football.
<p> College Football's Top 20 Defensive Back Units for 2012</p>

They’re the teams within the team — those cohesive little units bound together by their shared responsibilities within the larger team context.

Whether it’s the offensive linemen firing off time after time into those familiar blocking sleds, or the defensive linemen drilling repeatedly on how to shed blockers, or the defensive backs breaking on ball after ball — these teams in miniature hone their tasks on the practice field until those tasks become second nature.

College Football's Top 20 Defensive Lines for 2012

LSU's Sam Montgomery will be a nightmare for offensive linemen in 2012.
<p> College Football's Top 20 Defensive Lines for 2012</p>

They’re the teams within the team — those cohesive little units bound together by their shared responsibilities within the larger team context.

Whether it’s the offensive linemen firing off time after time into those familiar blocking sleds, or the defensive linemen drilling repeatedly on how to shed blockers, or the defensive backs breaking on ball after ball — these teams in miniature hone their tasks on the practice field until those tasks become second nature.

College Football's Top 20 Offensive Lines for 2012

Barrett Jones leads the way for Alabama's offensive line.
<p> College Football's Top 20 Offensive Lines for 2012</p>

They’re the teams within the team — those cohesive little units bound together by their shared responsibilities within the larger team context.

Whether it’s the offensive linemen firing off time after time into those familiar blocking sleds, or the defensive linemen drilling repeatedly on how to shed blockers, or the defensive backs breaking on ball after ball — these teams in miniature hone their tasks on the practice field until those tasks become second nature.

College Football's Top 20 Wide Receiving Corps for 2012

West Virginia's Tavon Austin is one of college football's top playmakers.
<p> College Football's Top 20 Wide Receiving Corps for 2012</p>

They’re the teams within the team — those cohesive little units bound together by their shared responsibilities within the larger team context.

Whether it’s the offensive linemen firing off time after time into those familiar blocking sleds, or the defensive linemen drilling repeatedly on how to shed blockers, or the defensive backs breaking on ball after ball — these teams in miniature hone their tasks on the practice field until those tasks become second nature.

College Football's Top 20 Storylines to Watch in Fall Practice

Can Oklahoma develop weapons around Landry Jones?
<p> College Football's Top 20 Storylines to Watch in Fall Practice</p>

The start of the 2012 college football season is just a few weeks away. However, as fall practice kicks off around the nation, plenty of unanswered questions remain, including some that will have an impact on the national title race. Athlon preps you for everything you need to know about fall practice with the 20 biggest storylines to watch over the next couple of weeks.

Big East Football's Breakout Players for 2012

Louisville's DeVante Parker is in for a big sophomore season.
<p> Big East Football's Breakout Players for 2012</p>

Every year, college football fans are introduced to a handful of players that become household names by the end of the season. Predicting which players will breakout any year is never an easy task. 

College Football's Overrated Trends and Overlooked Numbers

Beware: What statistics have been overrated and overlooked for 2012
<p> Overrated, overlooked numbers and trends for college football</p>

With college football season less than a month away, some (but hopefully not all) preseason predictions and projections will be moot. Trust us, we’ve been digesting our thoughts on the upcoming season since the end of spring practice and even the end of bowl season.

College Football's 2012 All-Name Team

Jake Stoneburner makes Athlon's 2012 All-Name Team.
<p> College Football's 2012 All-Name Team</p>

With 124 teams in the FBS and around 100 players on a roster, there are certainly some interesting names that pop-up throughout the course of production for Athlon's 2012 college football magazine or online research.

We took a look through the rosters for the 124 teams and pulled out some of the funniest and more interesting names in college football for the 2012 season.

College Football's All-Name Team for 2012

2012 College Football Awards: Sack Masters

Athlon is releasing its own set of preseason watch lists. Today, we the top pass rushers.
<p> 2012 College Football Awards: Sack Masters</p>

History, and most every rational brain in sports, indicates that the quarterback position is easily the most important and valuable on any football roster. In order to protect the most valued member of the team, the NFL has proven that the left tackle is the second most important position on the field.

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