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Editor's note: Kirk Herbstreit is back for his 13th annual Herbie Awards. Check out how he ranked the best of this upcoming college football season and then make your own selections to see how America voted.
Due to the uncertainty surrounding Johnny Manziel this season, he was not included in these categories.
Be sure to watch "The Herbie Awards" airing on ESPN2 at 10 p.m. ET Wednesday.
Tajh Boyd led Clemson to its first 10-win season since their national title in 1981.
De'Anthony Thomas cleared 700 rushing, 400 receiving and 600 return yards in 2012.
Amari Cooper's 105 receiving yards and two TD catches led Bama in the 2012 BCS title game.
Though only a sophomore, Oregon's Marcus Mariota is the Pac-12's top Heisman candidate.
Chaz Sutton, one of four scholarship seniors, will start opposite Jadeveon Clowney.
Jadeveon Clowney has 21 sacks over the past two seasons and is nine away from SC's record.
Shaq Thompson, a 2012 pick of the Boston Red Sox, left baseball behind this summer.
Venric Mark's selection to the 2012 All-American team was Northwestern's first since 2005.
Jadeveon Clowney will try to become the first defense-only player to win the Heisman.
Todd Gurley was the only true freshman to be named to the 2012 All-SEC First Team.
Washington will go for a fourth straight winning season for the first time since 1999-2002.
En route to winning winning three of four BCS titles, the Crimson Tide compiled a 49-5 record.