Looking back on the 2012 college football season, there was definitely a select group of players who garnered a ton of publicity from the national sports media throughout the year. High-profile stars such as Johnny Manziel, Manti Te'o, Collin Klein, Jadeveon Clowney, Matt Barkley, Braxton Miller and Kenjon Barner received plenty of hype and attention this year.
It's no surprise that the media chose those players to talk about, considering their national appeal. However, there were far too many deserving players who didn't seem to amass anywhere near the type of following and attention that they truly deserved this season.
As we head into a new calendar year, here’s a look at the most underrated college football players of 2012.
Note: Stats up to date prior to Jan. 1 games.