Every BCS Conference Team's MVP of the 2012 Season

Alex CallosCorrespondent IJanuary 7, 2013

Every BCS Conference Team's MVP of the 2012 Season

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    The six BCS conferences dominate the college football landscape, and now that the season is complete, it is time to crown an MVP from each team.

    With six conferences and 71 teams, including Notre Dame as a BCS team, this list is a virtual All-America squad.

    The MVP of each team is not necessarily the best player on the team, but the most valuable.

    Here is the MVP from each BCS conference team, in alphabetical order.

Alabama Crimson Tide

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    MVP: AJ McCarron, quarterback

    With the season Alabama had, this award could have gone to a number of different players. McCarron is the selection here, as the junior had an outstanding season.

    McCarron led the Crimson Tide to its second consecutive national championship and showed just how good he was against the Notre Dame defense.

    He finished the year with 2,933 yards passing and 30 touchdowns with only three interceptions.

    This team is going to be very good again next season, and McCarron will be a big reason why.

Arizona Wildcats

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    MVP: Ka'Deem Carey, running back

    This is a no-brainer, as Carey carried the load for Arizona. The sophomore running back led the nation in rushing with 1,929 yards. He also totaled 23 touchdowns on the ground.

    Carey was also a threat through the air, catching 36 passes for 303 yards and another score.

    Not many running backs carried as much of a load as he did. His 303 carries ranked seventh in the country.

    Expect big things from Carey over the next two years in Tucson.


Arizona State Sun Devils

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    MVP: Taylor Kelly, quarterback

    This could go to do-it-all running back Marion Grice as well, but Kelly was slightly more important in 2012.

    He threw for 3,040 yards with 29 touchdowns and only nine interceptions.

    Perhaps his best performance of the season came in the Kraft Fight Hunger Bowl against Navy, when he passed for four touchdowns while completing 17 of 19 passes with no interceptions in a 62-28 victory.

    Kelly will be a junior in 2013, and another year in Todd Graham's system should help immensely.

Arkansas Razorbacks

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    MVP: Cobi Hamilton, wide receiver

    Arkansas was downright awful on both sides of the ball this season. One of the bright spots was stud wide receiver Cobi Hamilton.

    Hamilton finished seventh in the country with 1,335 yards on 90 receptions. Those are gigantic numbers for a team that only won four games and did not get the advantage of playing in a bowl game to enhance its stats.

    In an early-season loss to Rutgers, Hamilton had 10 catches for 303 yards and three touchdowns. Certainly one of the best individual games of any player all season long.

Auburn Tigers

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    MVP: Tre Mason, running back

    Auburn was without question one of the worst BCS teams in the country in 2012. Quarterback play and defense were two of the weaknesses of the team.

    One of the strengths was running back. Auburn had a few talented backs, but the most valuable was Tre Mason.

    Mason finished with 1,002 yards and eight touchdowns. The sophomore will be a force over the next two years in the SEC.

Baylor Bears

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    MVP: Nick Florence, quarterback

    Nick Florence was one of the biggest surprises in the entire country, filling in nicely for departed Heisman Trophy winner Robert Griffin III.

    He helped lead an offense that ranked fourth in the country, averaging 44.5 points a game. His numbers were simply outstanding.

    The senior quarterback passed for 4,309 yards, good for first in the nation. He had 33 touchdown passes and 13 interceptions. Florence also beat teams with his feet, rushing for 568 yards and 10 touchdowns.

    The Bears did not miss a beat on offense this season.

Boston College Eagles

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    MVP: Alex Amidon, wide receiver

    Boston College suffered through another awful season, going 2-10. One bright spot for the Eagles was junior wide receiver Alex Amidon.

    He came out of nowhere to put together a 78-catch season with 1,210 yards and seven touchdowns.

    Amidon was a threat to go deep on every play and averaged 15.5 yards a reception. He will need a lot of help next season for Boston College to get anywhere near a bowl game.

BYU Cougars

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    MVP: Kyle Van Noy, linebacker

    There are not a lot of linebackers who had as big an impact as Kyle Van Noy at BYU.

    The junior finished the season with 13 sacks and two interceptions, including a pick-six in the Poinsettia Bowl victory over San Diego State.

    Noy helped anchor a BYU defense that ranked third in the country, allowing only 14 points a game. Very few players were more important to their defense than Van Noy.

California Golden Bears

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    MVP: Keenan Allen, wide receiver

    Not many teams in the country had as much talent as California and only won three games. That was the story for the Golden Bears, as California struggled to a 3-9 season.

    Allen was the best player on a bad team, and even though he did not have the year he was anticipating, he was still the MVP.

    As a sophomore in 2011, Allen caught 98 passes for 1,343 yards and six scores. This season he only caught 61 passes for 737 yards and six touchdowns.

Cincinnati Bearcats

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    MVP: George Winn, running back

    Winn made Bearcats fans forget about Isaiah Pead, as the senior rushed for 1,334 yards and 13 touchdowns on only 243 carries.

    He emerged as the go-to guy on offense while averaging 5.5 yards a carry.

    When Cincinnati struggled to move the ball on offense, Winn was the man who bailed the Bearcats out. He helped lead Cincinnati to yet another 10-win season.

Clemson Tigers

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    MVP: Tajh Boyd, quarterback

    Boyd is not only the most valuable player on Clemson, but also one of the most valuable in the entire country.

    The junior quarterback passed for 3,896 yards with 36 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. He led Clemson to an 11-win season and orchestrated one of the best offenses in the country, averaging 41 points a game.

    Boyd clearly had a lot of weapons around him, but he was the man who orchestrated everything.

Colorado Buffaloes

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    MVP: Christian Powell, running back

    Colorado was one of the worst teams in the country on both offense and defense, which makes it very difficult to pick an MVP.

    The choice here is Christian Powell. He led the team in rushing with 691 yards and seven touchdowns on 158 carries. The good news for Powell and the Buffaloes is he is only a freshman.

    He missed two games this season, and if he comes back for a full year in 2013, he should have no problem going over 1,000 yards for Colorado.

Connecticut Huskies

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    MVP: Sio Moore, linebacker

    It seems like Moore has been at Connecticut for the better part of a decade. Even though the Huskies did not make a bowl game in 2012, Moore certainly did his part.

    The linebacker finished the season with eight sacks, but where he stands out is on passes defensed. The 6'2" Moore knocked down an amazing 11 passes.

    While Connecticut had a few weapons on offense, Moore was the most important player on this roster.

Duke Blue Devils

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    MVP: Sean Renfree, quarterback

    Duke reached a bowl game for the first time in nearly two decades, thanks in large part to the play of transfer quarterback Sean Renfree.

    Renfree threw for 3,113 yards with 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. With the exception of the Florida State game, he passed for at least 198 yards in every other outing.

    Without Renfree, Duke would not have had much of a shot to qualify for a bowl game. No other player on the roster was more valuable.

Florida Gators

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    MVP: Matt Elam, safety

    Matt Elam developed into one of the best safeties in the country this season. The junior has since declared for the NFL draft and could be a first-round pick.

    He was the anchor on a defense that had a lot of talent, and he helped lead the Gators to an 11-2 season, including a berth in the Sugar Bowl.

    Elam will certainly be missed next season in Gainesville.

Florida State Seminoles

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    MVP: EJ Manuel, quarterback

    EJ Manuel is going to be missed next season. The senior quarterback completed his career with a victory over Northern Illinois in the Orange Bowl.

    In 2012, Manuel threw for 3,392 yards with 23 touchdowns and 10 picks. Manuel also did plenty of damage with his legs when necessary, rushing for 310 yards and four touchdowns.

    Manuel is another player who has seemingly been in college forever. Now that he is gone, Florida State is going to have to find someone to replace him.

Georgia Bulldogs

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    MVP: Jarvis Jones, linebacker

    Jarvis Jones was one of the most dominant players in the country on the defensive side of the ball.

    The junior had 14.5 sacks, despite missing two games and not recording a sack in five others. Jones is as good as it gets when it comes to disrupting the passer.

    He also had an interception he returned for a touchdown against Missouri. This guy will be a stud at the next level.

Georgia Tech Yellow Jackets

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    MVP: Tevin Washington, quarterback

    Washington helped lead an option offense at Georgia Tech that loved to run the football. He also did a little passing in the process.

    He threw for 1,222 yards with eight touchdowns and four picks, although most of his damage was done on the ground. Washington rushed for 684 yards and 20 touchdowns.

    While Georgia Tech did not have the season it was hoping, seven wins and a bowl victory is still a solid year for the Yellow Jackets.

Illinois Fighting Illini

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    MVP: Ryan Lankford, wide receiver

    Illinois had another awful season. The Fighting Illini lost their final nine games of the year and did nothing on either side of the ball.

    The MVP of the team was wide receiver Ryan Lankford. The junior was one of the few bright spots on the team and caught 37 passes for 469 yards with five touchdowns.

    If he can find a quarterback to throw him the ball, those numbers should double next season.

Indiana Hoosiers

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    MVP: Stephen Houston, running back

    Indiana improved in 2012, and one of the reasons was the solid running back play of junior Stephen Houston.

    He rushed for 749 yards and 12 touchdowns on 161 carries. Even though Houston only went over 100 yards on two occasions, he was very solid throughout the year.

    Look for his numbers to rise even more next year as the Hoosiers continue to improve.

Iowa Hawkeyes

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    MVP: Mark Weisman, running back

    Iowa is another team that suffered through a disappointing season. One bright spot was running back Mark Weisman.

    He carried the ball 159 times for 815 yards and eight scores, despite missing two games. 

    Weisman is only a sophomore, so those numbers should improve in the coming years. He did struggle toward the end of the season, but went over 110 yards in four straight games.

Iowa State Cyclones

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    MVP: A.J. Klein, linebacker

    Iowa State had a pair of talented linebackers this season, and when Jake Knott went down with an injury, A.J. Klein became the most important player on defense.

    The senior was a tackling machine during his time at Iowa State.

    He had five games with 11 or more tackles, including 19 tackles in the Liberty Bowl loss to Tulsa. The Cyclones are certainly going to miss this guy next season. 

Kansas Jayhawks

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    MVP: James Sims, running back

    Kansas might hold the title as the worst BCS team of them all. The Jayhawks lost their final 11 games of the season to finish the year 1-11.

    The only bright spot on an offense that ranked 118th in the country in points per game was running back James Sims.

    Sims rushed for 1,013 yards and nine touchdowns, and he didn't even play the first three games of the season. Sims had a stretch during the season where he rushed for over 100 yards in six straight games.

Kansas State Wildcats

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    MVP: Collin Klein, quarterback

    This is one of the easier selections on the list. Collin Klein was not only a Heisman finalist, but one of the best quarterbacks in the country.

    He did some damage through the air, passing for 2,641 yards with 16 touchdowns and nine interceptions. Where he was a huge threat was on the ground. Klein rushed for 920 yards and 23 touchdowns on 207 carries.

    He will be sorely missed next season in Manhattan.

Kentucky Wildcats

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    MVP: Raymond Sanders, running back

    Kentucky did not have much success on either side of the ball, but offense was a huge struggle. The team averaged less than 18 points a game. 

    Sanders carried the ball 125 times for 669 yards and five touchdowns. While those are not big numbers, he was the most important player on a Kentucky offense that struggled to score points.

    Getting a bulk of the carries might be a stretch next season, considering he is only 5'8" and 190 pounds.

Louisville Cardinals

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    MVP: Teddy Bridgewater, quarterback

    There is no doubt who the most important player on the Sugar Bowl champion Louisville Cardinals is.

    Sophomore quarterback Teddy Bridgewater was outstanding in the Sugar Bowl and throughout the season.

    He finished the year with 3,718 yards and 27 touchdowns with only eight interceptions. He is one of the most talented quarterbacks in the country and will surely be a Heisman candidate next season.

LSU Tigers

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    MVP: Eric Reid, Safety

    Eric Reid was just one of many talented players on the defensive side of the ball for LSU.

    While there are more than a few guys to pick from, the leader of the pack is Reid. He recently declared for the NFL draft and could be a first-round selection.

    He had some big games for the Tigers, including three games with 10 or more tackles, along with seven passes defensed.

    No question that Reid was one of the best safeties in the country in 2012.

Maryland Terrapins

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    MVP: Stefon Diggs, wide receiver

    Diggs proved why he was one of the most highly touted recruits in the country last season, shining as a true freshman for Maryland.

    Despite losing four quarterbacks to season-ending injuries, Diggs still managed to amass 848 yards on 54 catches with six touchdowns. He averaged 15.7 yards a reception and had a few huge games, despite the fact that Maryland went 4-8.

    If the Terrapins can get a quarterback to throw him the ball, he will be one of the best receivers in the country next season.

Miami Hurricanes

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    MVP: Duke Johnson, running back

    As a true freshman, Johnson was also a stud. He split time in the backfield with Mike James, but also excelled on special teams returning kicks.

    Johnson rushed for 947 yards and 10 touchdowns on 139 carries. He was an integral part of the Miami offense and will be the center of it next season with James now departed.

    He averaged 6.8 yards a carry. This guy could be an all-conference player in the coming years.

Michigan Wolverines

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    MVP: Denard Robinson, quarterback

    Denard Robinson proved just how versatile he was during the 2012 season. After injuring his elbow, the quarterback moved over to running back and shined there.

    He finished the year with 1,319 passing yards, including nine touchdowns and nine interceptions. He also did a lot of damage on the ground, rushing for 1,266 yards and seven touchdowns.

    Even though he was not the most accurate quarterback, Robinson could do enough with his feet to make him the MVP of the Wolverines.

Michigan State Spartans

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    MVP: Le'Veon Bell, running back

    Le'Veon Bell was a workhorse all season for the 7-6 Michigan State Spartans, carrying the ball an NCAA-best 382 times.

    He finished fifth in the country with 1,783 yards along with 12 touchdowns. Very few offenses relied on a player more than the Spartans leaned on Bell.

    Bell will certainly be missed next season and will be one of the hardest players in the country to replace.

Minnesota Golden Gophers

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    MVP: Donnell Kirkwood, running back

    Kirkwood helped lead Minnesota to a bowl game and a six-win season. That was a huge improvement over the past few years.

    He led the team in rushing yards with 926 and had six touchdowns to go along with it. Those numbers were a vast improvement from his first two years in the program.

    Look for even better things next season from Kirkwood.

Mississippi State Bulldogs

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    MVP: Johnthan Banks, cornerback

    Banks was one of the best cornerbacks in the country this past season, and he helped anchor a Mississippi State defense that propelled the team to a bowl game.

    He finished the year with four interceptions and seven passes defensed.

    What helped to set Banks apart from a lot of other corners is his sheer size. At 6'2" and 185 pounds, he is very large for a corner. That skill set allows him to cover anybody on the field.

Missouri Tigers

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    MVP: Kendial Lawrence, running back

    In a season filled with injury and disappointment, one of the bright spots on the team was running back Kendial Lawrence.

    The senior rushed for 1,025 yards and 12 touchdowns on only 200 carries. That was good for an average of 5.1 yards a carry, and he posted five games over 100 yards.

    Lawrence improved steadily during each of his four seasons at Missouri and was a large part of the team's success over that span.

Nebraska Cornhuskers

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    MVP: Taylor Martinez, quarterback

    Martinez improved big time this season, particularly in the passing game. Everybody knew he could run a little bit, but this season he proved just how well he could throw the ball.

    He threw for 2,871 yards with 23 touchdowns and 12 picks. As expected, he did a ton of damage on the ground, rushing for 1,019 yards and 10 touchdowns. 

    Martinez will be back next season for his senior year, and the Nebraska offense will be very tough to stop.

North Carolina Tar Heels

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    MVP: Giovani Bernard, running back

    Bernard had almost the exact same season he did as a freshman in 2011. He rushed for 1,228 yards with 12 touchdowns on only 184 carries.

    He averaged 6.7 yards a carry. Those are remarkable numbers for anybody, and Bernard is certainly one of the most talented running backs in the nation.

    Catching passes out of the backfield is also something Bernard excelled in. He had 490 yards on 47 receptions with five touchdowns. Quite an impressive all-around season for Bernard.

North Carolina State Wolfpack

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    MVP: David Amerson, cornerback

    Amerson might not have had the season he did in 2011, but 2012 was still a very successful campaign for one of the best cornerbacks in the nation.

    He finished the year with five interceptions, including a pick-six. He also knocked down 12 passes.

    A lot of the numbers were not as high as the previous year, because teams did not throw his way nearly as often.

Northern Illinois Huskies

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    MVP: Jordan Lynch, quarterback

    This was perhaps the easiest decision of them all, as Jordan Lynch had one of the best seasons of any player in the nation.

    He finished the year with 3,138 passing yards to go along with 25 touchdown passes and only six interceptions. Lynch also dominated in the running game, rushing for 1,815 yards with 19 touchdowns.

    The rushing total placed him fourth in the country in that category. Even though he didn't play well against Florida State in the Orange Bowl, that does not completely take away from the season he had.

Northwestern Wildcats

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    MVP: Venric Mark, running back

    The junior running back was a stud for Northwestern, rushing for 1,366 yards with 12 touchdowns on 226 carries.

    He also caught 20 balls out of the backfield for 104 yards and a touchdown.

    Mark was the go-to guy on offense for the Wildcats. He was the main reason for the success Northwestern had this season and helped the Wildcats secure that elusive bowl victory.

Notre Dame Fighting Irish

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    MVP: Manti Te'o, linebacker

    This is another easy selection, as Te'o was the runner-up for the Heisman Trophy. He made more big plays than anybody in the country.

    With seven interceptions, he was all over the field and led the team to the national championship game.

    Even though Te'o and the Irish did not perform well in the national championship, it was still a great year.

Ohio State Buckeyes

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    MVP: Braxton Miller, quarterback

    Miller was one of the best players in the country this season. He finished fifth in the Heisman voting and will be in the mix for the award once again next season.

    He was another of the very talented dual-threat quarterbacks around the country. Miller threw for 2,039 yards with 15 touchdowns and six interceptions.

    Miller also did a lot of his damage on the ground, rushing for 1,271 yards and 13 touchdowns on 227 carries.

Oklahoma Sooners

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    MVP: Landry Jones, quarterback

    Jones was a passing machine the past four seasons at Oklahoma. He passed for 4,267 yards with 30 touchdowns and 11 interceptions this year.

    It was only his third-best season as far as yards are concerned, but the 11 interceptions were a career low.

    He won a lot of games during his time at Oklahoma and helped lead the Sooners to a lot of success.

Oklahoma State Cowboys

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    MVP: Joseph Randle, running back

    Joseph Randle was the most important player on an offense that averaged 45.7 points a game, good for third in the country.

    Randle finished the year with 1,417 yards and 14 touchdowns on 274 carries. He was also a threat catching the ball out of the backfield with 224 yards on 28 receptions.

    Even though he did not total the 26 touchdowns from a season ago, Randle was still the most important player on the Cowboys roster.

Ole Miss Rebels

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    MVP: Bo Wallace, quarterback

    Ole Miss had an excellent season, winning seven games including the BBVA Compass Bowl against Pittsburgh.

    The Rebels were led by quarterback Bo Wallace. Even though he threw 17 interceptions, he passed for 2,994 yards with 22 touchdowns.

    Wallace was the main reason for the success of the Ole Miss team. He also had the ability to do damage with his feet, rushing for 390 yards and eight scores.

Oregon Ducks

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    MVP: Kenjon Barner, running back

    There could have been a few choices for Oregon, but Barner stood out.

    The senior running back finished the year with 1,767 yards and 21 touchdowns on 278 carries. He averaged 6.4 yards a carry and capped off one of the best careers in Oregon history, helping lead the team to a Fiesta Bowl victory.

    Barner was also a threat to catch the ball out of the backfield throughout his career. He had 20 receptions for 256 yards and two scores in 2012.

Oregon State Beavers

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    MVP: Markus Wheaton, wide receiver

    Wide receiver Markus Wheaton was the go-to player on offense for an Oregon State team that struggled to run the ball for the better part of the season.

    The senior finished the season with 97 catches for 1,244 yards with 11 touchdowns. He had some huge games, including five where he had at least 100 yards.

    He was a true road warrior, excelling in some of the Beavers' toughest games on the road.

Penn State Nittany Lions

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    MVP: Matt McGloin, quarterback

    There were a number of different reasons for the success of Penn State this past season, including the coaching of Bill O'Brien.

    The main reason on the field was quarterback Matt McGloin. McGloin improved as much as nearly any player in the country.

    He threw for 3,271 yards with 24 touchdowns and only five interceptions. He improved on his numbers from his first three seasons combined.

Pittsburgh Panthers

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    MVP: Ray Graham, running back

    Graham proved just how valuable he was to Pittsburgh, as the Panthers were dominated in the BBVA Compass Bowl, losing 38-17 to Ole Miss due in large part to the absence of Graham due to an injury.

    Even though Pittsburgh and Graham, coming off a leg injury, started off the season a little slow, losing four of their first six games, Graham came on strong at the end of the year, as did the Panthers.

    He finished the season with 1,042 yards and 11 touchdowns on 222 carries.

Purdue Boilermakers

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    MVP: Akeem Shavers, running back

    Despite struggling for most of the season, Purdue came on strong at the end of the year to finish with a 6-6 record.

    Part of the reason for that success was running back Akeem Shavers.

    Shavers finished the year with 671 yards and six touchdowns on 181 carries. He went over 90 yards in each of the final three games of the year and was a big reason the Boilermakers made it to a bowl game.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights

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    MVP: Khaseem Greene, linebacker

    Greene was not only the best player on the Scarlet Knights roster, but was also one of the best linebackers in the country.

    After injuring his leg in a bowl game last season, Greene came back as strong as ever in 2012. He nearly led the Scarlet Knights to an Orange Bowl berth, anchoring a defense that ranked fourth in the country, allowing only 14.2 points a game.

    Greene finished the year with 137 tackles and a pair of interceptions.

South Carolina Gamecocks

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    MVP: Jadeveon Clowney, defensive end

    Clowney is likely the most feared player in the country, and if he could come out in this year's draft, he might be the No. 1 overall pick.

    Those who did not know much about Clowney saw what he did against Michigan in the teams' bowl game, unleashing the biggest hit of the season.

    He finished the year with 13 sacks and was the best defensive lineman in the country. The good thing for the Gamecocks is he will be back next season.

South Florida Bulls

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    MVP: B.J. Daniels, quarterback

    Daniels missed the final three games of the season due to an injury, and South Florida lost all of them. The Bulls were not having a good year to begin with, but losing Daniels effectively put an end to the season.

    He still managed to throw for 20 touchdowns and 2,075 yards on the season with 14 interceptions.

    As usual, Daniels was a threat to run every time he touched the ball. He finished the year with 434 yards and five touchdowns on the ground.

Stanford Cardinal

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    MVP: Stepfan Taylor, running back

    The Stanford Cardinal were one of the best teams in the country in 2012. They certainly had a solid defense, but the offense was carried by one player.

    Taylor had a dynamic senior season, rushing for 1,530 yards and 13 touchdowns on 322 carries. He carried a heavy load for the Cardinal and helped them win their final eight games of the season.

    He also caught 41 passes out of the backfield for 287 yards and two touchdowns.

Syracuse Orange

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    MVP: Ryan Nassib, quarterback

    Nassib had been solid the past two years at Syracuse, but he exploded during his senior campaign and helped lead the Orange to a share of the Big East title.

    He was one of the best passers in the country, throwing for 3,749 yards with 26 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 2012.

    Look for this guy to be playing on Sundays for a long time.


Temple Owls

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    MVP: Montel Harris, running back

    The Boston College transfer had a huge season for the Temple Owls, and had he gotten more carries, he could have had stats just as good as any running back in the nation.

    Harris finished the year with 1,054 yards and 12 touchdowns on only 186 carries.

    Every game he received more than 10 carries, he went over 70 yards—including a 351-yard, seven-touchdown performance on 36 carries against Army.

Tennessee Volunteers

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    MVP: Tyler Bray, quarterback

    Tennessee had an awful year, but one of the bright spots was quarterback Tyler Bray.

    Bray had a season that was expected, passing for 3,612 yards with 34 touchdowns and only 12 interceptions. This was by far the best season of his collegiate college career, but it did not help the Vols win games.

    He has all the tools to play at the next level.

Texas Longhorns

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    MVP: Alex Okafor, defensive end

    Okafor has been a stud along the defensive line for quite some time and had a solid senior season for the Longhorns.

    He missed two games, but still finished the year with 52 tackles and 12.5 sacks.

    Okafor had one of the best bowl games of any player in the country. He totaled eight tackles and 4.5 sacks.

Texas A&M Aggies

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    MVP: Johnny Manziel, quarterback

    The Heisman Trophy winner was without question the best player on his team and the best player in the nation.

    Manziel finished the year with 3,706 yards and 26 touchdowns through the air with only nine interceptions.

    He also did an equal amount of damage on the ground, rushing for 1,410 yards with 21 touchdowns. Clearly one of the best seasons in college football history.

TCU Horned Frogs

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    MVP: Devonte Fields, defensive end

    TCU freshman defensive end Devonte Fields was an absolute stud on a team that suffered through a lot of injuries.

    He was the Big 12 Defensive Player of the Year after finishing the season with 10 sacks.

    Without him, the Horned Frogs might have been in a whole world of hurt this season.

Texas Tech Red Raiders

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    MVP: Seth Doege, quarterback

    Doege helped turn around a Texas Tech team that struggled in 2011. He had a solid campaign that season, but with fewer injuries, he was able to shine even more in 2012.

    He finished the season with 4,205 passing yards. He had 39 touchdown passes and 16 interceptions.

    The Red Raiders finished the season with an 8-5 record, and Doege is the main guy to thank for that.

UCLA Bruins

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    MVP: Brett Hundley, quarterback

    This one is kind of hard to pick because running Johnathan Franklin had an excellent season as well. The slight edge goes to Hundley.

    Even though he was only a freshman, the quarterback passed for 3,740 yards and 29 touchdowns with only 11 interceptions.

    He was also a threat to run the ball, finishing the season with 355 yards and nine scores on the ground.

USC Trojans

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    MVP: Marqise Lee, wide receiver

    Lee was without question the best receiver in the country in 2012. The sophomore caught 118 passes for 1,721 yards and 14 touchdowns.

    He did have the talented Matt Barkley throwing to him, but Lee was an absolute stud this season.

    Against Arizona, he caught 16 passes for 345 yards and two touchdowns. No receiver in the country was as hard to cover as Lee.

Utah Utes

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    MVP: John White, running back

    Utah was another team that suffered a disappointing season, but at least there was running back John White.

    The senior didn't have the season he did as a junior, but he still put up some excellent numbers for a team that finished the year 4-8.

    White rushed for 1,041 yards and eight touchdowns on 218 carries. He also caught 15 passes for 123 yards and a touchdown.

Vanderbilt Commodores

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    MVP: Zac Stacy, running back

    Stacy was the main threat on offense for Vanderbilt, and this award could just as easily have gone to wide receiver Jordan Matthews.

    The balance Stacy brought gives him the slight edge. He did finish the season with 1,141 yards and 10 touchdowns on 207 carries.

    Vanderbilt had one of the best seasons in school history, and a big reason why was Stacy.

Virginia Cavaliers

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    MVP: Kevin Parks, running back

    Relatively speaking, nobody on Virginia had much success this season. Perhaps the lone bright spot was running back Kevin Parks.

    Parks rushed for 734 yards and five touchdowns on 160 carries.

    He could also catch the ball out of the backfield. He hauled in 24 passes for 189 yards and a touchdown. Expect big things next season from the sophomore running back. 

Virginia Tech Hokies

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    MVP: Marcus Davis, wide receiver

    Davis and Virginia Tech struggled on offense for most of the season, but he did haul in some big catches throughout the year.

    He finished the season with 953 yards and five touchdowns on 51 receptions.

    Davis finished the season with four games over 100 yards and also ran the ball five times for 72 yards. It was a very solid senior season for Davis, and his best as a Hokie.

Wake Forest Demon Deacons

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    MVP: Tanner Price, quarterback

    Wake Forest had a very disappointing campaign, and even though quarterback Tanner Price did not have the type of season in 2012 that he did in 2011, he was still the MVP of this team.

    Price finished the year with 2,300 passing yards and 12 touchdowns with seven interceptions.

    He will be back next year for his senior season, and Wake Forest should be better.

Washington Huskies

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    MVP: Bishop Sankey, running back

    Sankey was one of the biggest surprises of the season and burst onto the scene out of nowhere.

    He carried the ball 289 times in 2012, finishing the year with 1,439 yards and 16 touchdowns. He also caught 33 passes for 249 yards. 

    He was the perfect complement to quarterback Keith Price. Expect huge things from Sankey and the Washington offense in 2013 and beyond.

Washington State Cougars

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    MVP: Marquess Wilson, wide receiver

    Even though Marquess Wilson basically quit the team and didn't play in the final three games of the season, that does not take away from the fact that he was the most valuable player on the squad.

    He caught 52 passes for 813 yards and five touchdowns, although those numbers are nowhere near what he did the previous two years.

    Wilson is a huge talent, but he still has some issues to work out.

West Virginia Mountaineers

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    MVP: Geno Smith, quarterback

    The West Virginia offense was very explosive, and this award could have also gone to Tavon Austin.

    Geno Smith gets the nod. The senior quarterback passed for 4,205 yards with 42 touchdowns and only six interceptions.

    Those are outrageous numbers for a quarterback still in development, and Smith should have a bright future in the NFL.

Wisconsin Badgers

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    MVP: Montee Ball, running back

    Montee Ball did not have the season he did in 2011, but he came on strong at the end of the year and was one of the best running backs in the nation.

    He rushed for 1,830 yards with 22 touchdowns, while carrying the ball 356 times.

    Ball also broke the NCAA touchdown mark and will go down as one of the greatest running backs in Big Ten history.