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College Football's Top 25 Linebackers for 2012

Notre Dame's Manti Te'o ranks as college football's No. 1 linebacker for 2012.
<p> College Football's Top 25 Linebackers for 2012</p>

Notre Dame's Manti Te'o was expected to be a first-round pick in the 2012 NFL Draft but made a surprising decision to return back to South Bend for one more year. Te'o is one of college football's top players and should lead a tough Notre Dame rush defense. Not far behind Te'o is Georgia's Jarvis Jones. The USC transfer was an impact player for the Bulldogs last season, recording 13.5 sacks and 19.5 tackles for a loss. After Jones, some of the top returning linebackers include Stanford's Shayne Skov and Penn State's Gerald Hodges.

College Football's Top 15 Tight Ends for 2012

Washington's Austin Seferian-Jenkins is in for a big sophomore season.
<p> College Football's Top 15 Tight Ends for 2012</p>

The tight end position has been lacking in recent years, but there's a good crop of players ready to emerge in 2012. Notre Dame's Tyler Eifert ranks as Athlon's No. 1 tight end for this season, while Washington's Austin Seferian-Jenkins will only get better after a solid freshman campaign in 2011. Ohio State's Jake Stoneburner and Iowa's C.J. Fiedorowicz are two players who should easily surpass last year's totals, while non-BCS standouts Jack Doyle, Ryan Otten and Gavin Escobar should not be overlooked.

College Football's Top 25 Quarterbacks for 2012

Denard Robinson ranks as one of the top-five quarterbacks in college football.
<p> College Football's Top 25 Quarterbacks for 2012</p>

With the college football season right around the corner, it's time to countdown the best of the best. Athlon continues the countdown to kickoff with a look at the top quarterbacks in college football for 2012. It should be no surprise USC's Matt Barkley tops the rankings as the No. 1 quarterback in the nation. The senior is the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy and has the Trojans as one of the frontrunners to claim the 2012 national title. 

College Football: Pac-12's Must-See Games of 2012

What are the Pac-12's most important, must-see college football games of 2012?
<p> College Football: Pac-12's Must-See Games of 2012</p>

As the college football season draws near, Athlon Sports is making sure fans know exactly when and where to tune in this fall. Here are the Pac-12's top 30 must-see football games for the 2012 season:

College Football: Top 25 Heisman Contenders for 2012

Athlon Sports ranks the Top 25 Heisman candidates for 2012.
<p> College Football: Top 25 Heisman Contenders for 2012</p>

The Heisman Trophy may be the most coveted trophy in all of sports.

Pac-12 Player Rankings: The Top 50 Players for 2012

De'Anthony Thomas ranks as one of the top players in the Pac-12 for 2012.
<p> Pac-12 Player Rankings: The Top 50 Players for 2012</p>

The Pac-12 is one of the nation's top conferences for offense, so it should be no surprise that six of the top 10 players in Athlon's top 50 for 2012 check in on that side of the ball. USC's Matt Barkley is the frontrunner to win the Heisman, while receivers Robert Woods, Keenan Allen, Marqise Lee and Marquess Wilson are all All-American candidates. While the defense doesn't have as many players in the top 10, Utah's Star Lotulelei and USC's T.J. McDonald rank among the top six players. 

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.

Pac-12 Coaches Talk Anonymously About Conference Foes

What do opposing coaches think of Lane Kiffin's team at USC?
<p> Pac-12 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 Pac-12 to talk anonymously about their opponents. 

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.

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