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Some of the top quarterbacks, running backs and wide receivers are back across the country in 2012. Here are the top offensive players returning in the FCS.


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Shakir Bell was the first sophomore and first Indiana State player to be invited to the Walter Payton Award ceremony after leading the country in rushing in 2011. Bell led the nation with 1,670 rushing yards and a 151.8 yards-per-game average. His rushing total broke the school record and ranked eighth in league history and he broke the single-game rushing record when he rushed for 256 yards and four touchdowns on 21 carries in ISU's victory against Youngstown State.
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Tim Flanders, a transfer from Kansas State, led the Bearkats to the national championship game in 2011. Flanders begins his junior season with 2,592 career yards, 97 yards away from becoming SHSU's all-time leading rusher as he already holds 18 school marks. In 2011, Flanders ranked No. 4 in scoring, No. 16 in rushing and No. 24 in all-purpose yards in the country.
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Taylor Heinicke took over quarterback duties for Old Dominion in the second half of its game against Massachusetts. The rest was history. He was only a freshman but he finished the 2011 campaign completing 211 of 307 pass attempts with just one interception, a hail mary pass at the end of ODU's contest with Towson, and 25 touchdowns. In playoff action, the true freshman signal-caller set school records with five touchdown passes in games against both Norfolk State and Georgia Southern.
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Aaron Mellette led FCS in both receptions per game (10.27) and receiving yards per game (149.0) while setting an Elon and SoCon record with 1,639 receiving yards. He finished the year with 113 receptions and averaged 14.5 yards per catch, while grabbing 12 touchdowns. Mellette began the 2011 season with 11 catches for 180 yards and a touchdown at Vanderbilt.
 
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Brad Sorensen set an SUU record with 425 attempts in 2011, while his 288 completions were fourth-most in a season at SUU. His 3,143 passing yards were second (behind his own record 3,163 set in 2010) and the 17 TD passes tied for the sixth-most in school history. Sorensen was among the top 10 nationally in almost every passing category.
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