2012 CFN All-America Teams & Top Players
Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel
Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel
Posted Jan 13, 2013

The bowls matter - the best and brightest players of 2012.

CFN 2012 All-America Team


- ACC | Big East | Big Ten | Big 12 | C-USA | MAC
- Mountain West | Pac-12 | SEC | Sun Belt | WAC

- 2012 CFN Freshman All-America Offense & Defense & Special Teams  
- 2012 CFN Sophomore All-America Offense & Defense & Special Teams   

2012 CFN Preseason All-Americans & Top 30 Players 
1st Team Offense | 2nd Team Offense | 3rd Team Offense | Special Teamers 

2012 All-Americans Defense  


2012 CFN First-Team All-American

1. Johnny Manziel, Fr. Texas A&M

As if winning the Heisman and setting the SEC record for total offense didn't do enough to make this the season of Johnny Football, his record-setting performance against Oklahoma in the Cotton Bowl - rushing for 229 yards and two scores and throwing for 287 yards and two touchdowns - cemented it.. Magical, he engineered the win over Alabama and time and again came up with the big run and the great big play to make the Kevin Sumlin offense shine. He wasn't all that bad in the loss to Florida, and he had problems against LSU, but he was all but unstoppable against everyone else running for 1,410 yards and 21 touchdowns while throwing for 3,706 yards and 26 scores with nine picks.

2012 CFN Second-Team All-American
2. Braxton Miller, Soph. Ohio State

2012 CFN Third-Team All-American
3. Aaron Murray, Jr. Georgia

2012 CFN Honorable Mention All-Americans
4. Collin Klein, Sr. Kansas State
5. Tajh Boyd, Jr. Clemson
6. A.J. McCarron, Jr. Alabama
7. Nick Florence, Sr. Baylor
8. Geno Smith, Sr. West Virginia
9. Marcus Mariota, Fr. Oregon
10. Jordan Lynch, Jr. NIU
11. EJ Manuel, Sr. Florida State
12. Teddy Bridgewater, Soph. Louisville
13. Colby Cameron, Sr. Louisiana Tech
14. Derek Carr, Jr. Fresno State
15. Rakeem Cato, Soph. Marshall

Running Backs

2012 CFN First-Team All-Americans

1. Ka'Deem Carey, Soph. Arizona

You knew someone was going to rock in the new Rich Rodriguez offense, and it turned out to be Carey, who led the nation with 1,929 yards with 23 scores averaging 6.37 yards per game. It helped to face Colorado, tearing off 366 yards and five scores, but he was consistent with eight 100-yard games in his last nine.

2. Le'Veon Bell, Jr. Michigan State

There was a buzz throughout the offseason that Bell was about to step up and do something special, and he more than came through starting with a 210-yard, two touchdown day against a terrific Boise State defense to start the season. The Spartans had almost no passing game to take the heat off, but Bell still came though with 1,793 yards and 12 touchdowns as he carried the team to a nice bowl win over TCU. When he was needed most, he came though with 266 yards against Minnesota just to get MSU bowl eligible.
2012 CFN Second-Team All-Americans
3. Montee Ball, Sr. Wisconsin
4. Kenjon Barner, Sr. Oregon

2012 CFN Third-Team All-Americans
5. Stefphon Jefferson, Jr. Nevada
6. Giovani Bernard, Soph. North Carolina

2012 CFN Honorable Mention All-Americans
7. Johnathan Franklin, Sr. UCLA
8. Robbie Rouse, Sr. Fresno State
9. Dri Archer, Jr. Kent State
10. Stepfan Taylor, Sr. Stanford
11. Kerwynn Williams, Sr. Utah State
12. Eddie Lacy, Jr. Alabama
13. Kenneth Dixon, Fr. Louisiana Tech
14. Todd Gurley, Fr. Georgia
15. Antonio Andrews, Jr. WKU

Wide Receivers

2012 CFN First-Team All-Americans

1. Stedman Bailey, Jr. West Virginia 

Sure, he was part of the explosive West Virginia offense that had to keep bombing away to make up for the lousy defense, but the numbers and the production were still incredible, highlighted by a nation-leading 25 touchdown grabs. Now one else had more than 18. He blew up early with 13 touchdowns in the first five games, including five against Baylor, and he closed strong with four touchdowns against Oklahoma and two against both Kansas and Syracuse.

2. Marqise Lee, Soph. USC

One of the most explosive players in college football, he started off the year with a bang, returning the opening kickoff 100 yards for a score against Hawaii. He went on to dominate as a top offensive weapon, catching ten passes or more in seven games including a 16-catch, 345-yard, two score day against Arizona. Even after Matt Barkley went down, he still caught 11 passes over the final two games.

2012 CFN Second-Team All-Americans
3. DeAndre Hopkins, Jr. Clemson
4. Terrance Williams, Sr. Baylor

2012 CFN Third-Team All-Americans
5. Davante Adams, Fr. Fresno State
6. Tavon Austin, Sr. West Virginia

2012 CFN Honorable Mention All-Americans
7. Austin Hill, Soph. Arizona
8. Quinton Patton, Sr. Louisiana Tech
9. Jordan Matthews, Jr. Vanderbilt
10. Josh Stewart, Soph. Oklahoma State
11. Tommy Shuler, Soph. Marshall
12. Cobi Hamilton, Sr. Arkansas
13. Brent Leonard, Sr. ULM
14. Markus Wheaton, Jr. Oregon State
15. Cody Hoffman, Jr. BYU

Tight Ends

2012 CFN First-Team All-American

1. Tyler Eifert, Sr. Notre Dame

Other tight ends had more catches for more yards, but none meant more to their offenses than Eifert did, catching 50 balls for 685 yards and four touchdowns. While the rest of the team struggled - to put it nicely - against Alabama, he managed to make six grabs for 61 yards despite being covered by Dee Milliner, who'll likely be the first defensive back taken in the draft.

2012 CFN Second-Team All-American
2. Zach Ertz, Sr. Stanford

2012 CFN Third-Team All-American
3. Austin Seferian-Jenkins, Soph. Washington

2012 CFN Honorable Mention All-Americans
4. Ryan Otten, Sr. SJSU
5. Gavin Escobar, Jr. SDSU
6. Dion Sims, Jr. Michigan State
7. Travis Kelce, Sr. Cincinnati
8. Zach Sudfeld, Sr. Nevada
9. Chris Coyle, Jr. Arizona State
10. Travis Tannahill, Sr. Kansas State
11. Zane Fakes, Sr. Ball State
12. Mychal Rivera, Sr. Tennessee
13. Eric Ebron, Soph. North Carolina
14. Jordan Reed, Jr. Florida
15. Jack Doyle, Sr. WKU

Offensive Linemen

2012 CFN First-Team All-Americans

1. OT Luke Joeckel, Jr. Texas A&M
2. OG Jonathan Cooper, Sr. North Carolina
3. OG Gabe Ikard, Jr. Oklahoma
4. OT Ricky Wagner, Sr. Wisconsin
5. OT Taylor Lewan, Jr. Michigan

2012 CFN Second-Team All-Americans
6. C Barrett Jones, Sr. Alabama
7. OT Justin Pugh, Jr. Syracuse
8. OT D.J. Fluker, Jr. Alabama
9. OG Lane Taylor, Sr. Oklahoma State
10. C Tyler Larsen, Jr. Utah State

2012 CFN Third-Team All-Americans
11. C Khaled Holmes, Sr. USC
12. OT Jake Matthews, Jr. Texas A&M
13. OG Cyril Richardson, Jr. Baylor
14. OT Cyrus Kouandijo, Soph. Alabama
15. C Dalton Freeman, Sr. Clemson

2012 All-American Defense