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.
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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.
Ed Reynolds won the 2012 Jack Tatum Trophy as the top defensive back.
Georgia true freshmen to rush for 1,000-plus yards: Herschel Walker and Todd Gurley.
Chaz Sutton, one of four scholarship seniors, will start opposite Jadeveon Clowney.
Jameis Winston also plays outfield and pitches for the Seminoles baseball team.
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.
Jared Abbrederis leads all active FBS players with a career 16.6 yards per catch.
Venric Mark's selection to the 2012 All-American team was Northwestern's first since 2005.
Stanford's 2012 Pac-12 championship was the Cardinal's first title since 1999.
Jadeveon Clowney will try to become the first defense-only player to win the Heisman.
Bradley Roby led the nation with 19 passes defended, including 17 break-ups.
The Crimson Tide led the nation in yards allowed and scoring defense in 2012.
Louisville's Teddy Bridgewater threw for more than 300 yards six times in 2012.
Todd Gurley was the only true freshman to be named to the 2012 All-SEC First Team.
As a junior, Marqise Lee already owns or shares 22 Southern California records.
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.