25 Surprise College Football Stars of 2012

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25 Surprise College Football Stars of 2012
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Every year, some college football players come out of nowhere to make a name for themselves on the national scene.

This year was no different, as names like Johnny Manziel, Jordan Lynch and Marcus Mariota came out of nowhere to not only become solid contributors on their respective teams, but also some of the best players in the country.

While there are certainly more than 25 surprise college football stars, the names on this list are players that were either backups in 2011 or had previously contributed in a much smaller fashion than in 2012.

Here are the top 25 surprise college football stars of 2012.

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