40 College Football Players Who Are Ready to Become Household Names in 2012

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40 College Football Players Who Are Ready to Become Household Names in 2012
Derick E. Hingle-US PRESSWIRE
WR Odell Beckham will be the MVP of the LSU offense in 2012

The sad reality for college football fans is that most of the big-name players from the 2011 season have moved on to the NFL. The good news, though, is that the sport still has plenty of up-and-coming players who are ready for the spotlight in 2012.

Last year at this time, nobody was hyping up Robert Griffin III, Tyrann Mathieu and Montee Ball as legitimate Heisman Hopefuls, but all three rose to prominence to become some of college football’s biggest celebrities of the 2011 season.

Every year, there are always new breakout stars who capture everyone’s attention, and the 2012 season should be no different.

We already know about heralded players such as Ball, Matt Barkley, Manti Te’o, Sam Montgomery, Robert Woods and the rest of the elite players who have graced the covers of this year’s college football preview magazines and appeared on preseason ESPN specials.

Now it’s time to take a look at 40 potential breakout stars who are ready to do what Ball, RG3 and the Honey Badger did in 2011 and become some of the most highly publicized players of the 2012 college football season.

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