College Football 2012: The Most Valuable Defensive Player on Every Team

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College Football 2012: The Most Valuable Defensive Player on Every Team
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Is CB Tyrann Mathieu really the most valuable player on LSU's supremely stacked defense?

Alabama and LSU proved last season that even in this day and age of spread offenses and high-flying passing attacks that you can still pile up plenty of victories if you have a good old fashioned dominant defense. 

While most of college football's offensive stars like Andrew Luck, Robert Griffin III, Justin Blackmon, Case Keenum and Matt Barkley were soaking up the spotlight in 2011, it was the Tigers and the Tide that showed the college football world that you can still ride a stout defense all the way to the championship game. 

Last year, there were plenty of individual breakout defensive stars around the country such as LSU's Tyrann Mathieu, Illinois' Whitney Mercilus, Georgia's Jarvis Jones and South Carolina's Melvin Ingram, and there promises to be many more in 2012. 

Since we've already covered the 2012 offensive MVPs, it's now time to take a look at the defensive side of the ball.

Here's a look at the most valuable defensive player on every FBS team for the 2012 season.

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