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College Football's Top 10 Players Returning From Injury

Arkansas' Knile Davis is back after missing 2011 with an ankle injury.
<p> College Football's Top 10 Players Returning From Injury</p>

Injuries are a big part of any college football season. 2011 was no different, as losing Knile Davis was a key setback to Arkansas' hopes of winning the SEC West last year, while Missouri's offensive line had to shuffle some players around after Elvis Fisher was lost for the year with a knee injury. 

Although those players were missed in 2011, their return to the gridiron is an even bigger storyline for 2012. 

SEC Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes

What do opposing coaches think of Nick Saban's team at Alabama for 2012?
<p> SEC Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes</p>

It's not easy getting college football coaches to honestly comment on another coach, player or team. Most coaches don't want to give opposing teams billboard material, which is why there is a lot of coach speak during the year. In order to get an accurate assessment of teams heading into 2012, Athlon asked coaches in the SEC to talk anonymously about their opponents.

College Football's Top 20 Linebacker Units for 2012

Georgia's Jarvis Jones is one of the top linebackers in college football.
<p> College Football's Top 20 Linebacker 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.

SEC Player Rankings: The Top 75 Players for 2012

South Carolina's Jadeveon Clowney should be one of the SEC's top players.
<p> SEC Player Rankings: The Top 75 Players for 2012</p>

With the addition of Missouri and Texas A&M, the SEC is bigger and better than ever. While the Tigers and Aggies probably won't win the conference in 2012, the addition of both teams only adds to the depth in the legaue. The last six national champions have come from the SEC and the conference should have a good chance to add No. 7 in 2012. 

Simply put, there's no shortage of talent in the SEC. Athlon ranked 75 players for this list but could easily rank 100 with the amount of returning talent in the league for 2012. 

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 teams we'd like to see on Hard Knocks

Who would we watch if HBO's Hard Knocks followed college teams
<p> College football teams we'd like to see on Hard Knocks</p>

College football is the world’s greatest reality show. The competition is more fierce than anything on Survivor. The glory is greater than anything on American Idol. And if you don’t think some players are prima donnas and some coaches are as downright nasty as Real Housewives, well, then you’ve never followed recruiting.

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.

SEC's Top 10 Storylines to Watch in Fall Practice

LSU looks for a big season from quarterback Zach Mettenberger.
<p> SEC's Top 10 Storylines to Watch in Fall Practice</p>

Kickoff for the 2012 college football season is just around the corner. However, plenty of unanswered questions remain around the nation for every team. Injuries, quarterback battles and players that need to step up to make a run at the conference title will all be under the spotlight over the next couple of weeks. 

The SEC's 10 Biggest Storylines to Watch in Fall Practice

Unit Rankings: 2012 SEC Linebackers

Georgia's Jarvis Jones should be one of the top linebackers in the nation.
<p> Unit Rankings: 2012 SEC Linebackers</p>

Kickoff for the 2012 college football season is still two months away, but it's never too early to project how the year might play out. Athlon will be taking a look at how each position stacks up in the BCS conferences and nationally until the start of the season.

Each unit ranking was evaluated based upon how it will perform in 2012 - not how the team played in 2011.

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