15 College Football Players Facing the Most Scrutiny Next Season

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15 College Football Players Facing the Most Scrutiny Next Season
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There are definitely plenty of upsides to having your picture plastered all over the glossy preseason college football magazines.

Indeed, that are lots of great things about having your name on the lips of the experts, prognosticators and commentators who will spend the next 190 days anticipating the great things you are capable of doing in order to lead your team to gridiron glory.

The obvious flip side to the shining sun of expectations for greatness is that the rays can hurt your eyes and cast a disarming glare across your life that can be quite difficult to deal with.

Yes, labels such as “Heisman hopeful,” “preseason All-American,” and “anchor of a national championship contender” glow brightly on the surface but come complete with a huge target painted on your back and the potential for a serious lack of sleep.

The following slideshow pinpoints 15 players who are arguably facing the most scrutiny, critical observation and/or examination coming into the 2012 college football season.

On one hand, it must be phenomenal to be these guys.

But on the other hand, it must be perilous, stressful and gut wrenching.

As a note, the returning starters stats in this piece were sourced from Phil Steele’s handy calculations and the recruiting class rankings come via Rivals.com.


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