PFN Preseason All-B1G Team 2022: OSU’s C.J. Stroud, TreVeyon Henderson, and Jaxon Smith-Njigba set to star

    The PFN All-B1G Team awards the top players on both sides of the ball from the Big Ten ahead of the 2022 college football season.

    Aside from the exceptional talent across the conference, the PFN Preseason All-B1G Team showcases just how stacked the Ohio State Buckeyes are. C.J. Stroud, Jaxon Smith-Njigba, TreVeyon Henderson, and Paris Johnson Jr. take precedents as the Buckeyes return a core of players from college football‘s top offense a season ago. Presented in conjunction with our release of our College Football All-Americans, we at PFN debut our 2022 preseason All-B1G Team, as voted on by our team of national analysts and NFL draft evaluators.

    PFN’s 2022 All-B1G Team

    It’s important to note that these teams may look a bit different than the All-Conference teams listed by each individual conference. Our teams mirror our All-Americans, taking into consideration not only what a player has accomplished to date, but looking forward to what we expect to see based on the growth of the athlete’s career.

    Offense | First team

    QB: C.J. Stroud, Ohio State
    RB: TreVeyon Henderson, Ohio State
    RB: Braelon Allen, Wisconsin
    WR: Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Ohio State
    WR: Mitchell Tinsley, Penn State
    WR: Jayden Reed, Michigan State
    TE: Sam LaPorta, Iowa
    FLEX: Blake Corum, Michigan
    OT: Paris Johnson Jr., Ohio State
    G: Alex Palczewski, Illinois
    C: John Michael Schmitz, Minnesota
    G: Tyler Beach, Wisconsin
    OT: Peter Skoronski, Northwestern

    Defense | First team

    EDGE: Zach Harrison, Ohio State
    DT: Mazi Smith, Michigan
    DT: Jacob Slade, Michigan State
    EDGE: Ochaun Mathis, Nebraska 
    LB: Jack Campbell, Iowa
    LB: Cam Jones, Indiana
    LB: Cal Haladay, Michigan State
    CB: Denzel Burke, Ohio State
    CB: Riley Moss, Iowa
    CB: Tiawan Mullen, Indiana
    S: Ronnie Hickman, Ohio State
    S: Cam Allen, Purdue
    FLEX: Jalen Graham, Purdue

    Specialists | First team

    PK: Noah Ruggles, Ohio State
    P: Adam Korsak, Rutgers
    KR: Charlie Jones, Iowa
    PR: Jayden Reed, Michigan State
    LS: Bradley Robinson, Ohio State

    Not only do the Buckeyes return a core of star players on offense, but they also return three stars on the defensive side of the ball. Cornerback Denzel Burke wowed as a freshman a season ago and is poised to take the next step in his sophomore season. Ochaun Mathis transfers into the Big Ten and is ready to make a big impact.

    Offense | Second team

    QB: Aidan O’Connell, Purdue
    RB: Chase Brown, Illinois
    RB: Mohamed Ibrahim, Minnesota
    WR: Rakim Jarrett, Maryland
    WR: Marvin Harrison Jr., Ohio State
    WR: Parker Washington, Penn State
    TE: Erick All, Michigan
    FLEX: Ronnie Bell, Michigan
    OT: Dawand Jones, Ohio State
    G: J.D. Duplain, Michigan State
    C: Joe Tippmann, Wisconsin
    G: Zak Zinter, Michigan
    OT: Jaelyn Duncan, Maryland

    Defense | Second team

    EDGE: Keith Randolph Jr., Illinois
    DT: Branson Deen, Purdue
    DT: PJ Mustipher, Penn State
    EDGE: Nick Herbig, Wisconsin
    LB: Luke Reimer, Nebraska
    LB: Steele Chambers, Ohio State
    LB: Mariano Sori-Marin, Minnesota
    CB: Joey Porter Jr., Penn State
    CB: Max Melton, Rutgers
    CB: A.J. Hampton Jr., Northwestern
    S: Ji’Ayir Brown, Penn State
    S: Xavier Henderson, Michigan State
    FLEX: DJ Turner, Michigan

    Specialists | Second team

    PK: Jake Moody, Michigan
    P: Bryce Baringer, Michigan State
    KR: Emeka Egbuka, Ohio State
    PR: Charlie Jones, Iowa
    LS: William Wagner, Michigan

    With the talent returning on the offensive side of the ball, it’s imperative that the Big Ten defenses are stacked with talent. The second-team All-B1G Team is headlined by the secondary group with Joey Porter Jr. and Ji’Ayir Brown returning to Penn State. Northwestern’s A.J. Hampton Jr. and Rutgers’ Max Melton also present challenges to complete passes against.

    Offense | Honorable mention

    Taulia Tagovailoa
    , Maryland
    Payton Thorne, Michigan State

    Evan Hull, Northwestern
    Shaun Shivers, Indiana
    Jarek Broussard, Michigan State
    Jalen Berger, Michigan State

    Dontay Demus Jr.
    , Maryland
    Milton Wright, Purdue
    Emeka Egbuka, Ohio State
    Chris Autman-Bell, Minnesota
    Julian Fleming, Ohio State
    Andrel Anthony, Michigan

    Payne Durham
    , Purdue
    Brevyn Spann-Ford, Minnesota

    Donovan Edwards
    , Michigan
    Miyan Williams, Ohio State

    Matthew Bedford
    , Indiana
    Jarrett Horst, Michigan State
    Ryan Hayes, Michigan
    Jack Nelson, Wisconsin

    Connor Colby
    , Iowa
    Nouredin Nouili, Nebraska
    Trevor Keegan, Michigan
    Matt Carrick, Michigan State

    Olusegun Oluwatimi
    , Michigan
    Luke Wypler, Ohio State

    Defense | Honorable mention

    Durell Nchami
    , Maryland
    Jack Sawyer, Ohio State
    Garrett Nelson, Nebraska
    Adetomiwa Adebawore, Northwestern

    Jer’Zhan Newton
    , Illinois
    Trill Carter, Minnesota
    Lukas Van Ness, Iowa
    Simeon Barrow, Michigan State

    Nick Henrich
    , Nebraska
    Seth Benson, Iowa
    Bryce Gallagher, Northwestern
    Curtis Jacobs, Penn State
    Junior Colson, Michigan
    Tarique Barnes, Illinois

    Deonte Banks, Maryland
    Cameron Brown, Ohio State
    Cory Trice, Purdue
    Cameron Mitchell, Northwestern
    Quinton Newsome, Nebraska
    Charles Brantley, Michigan State

    Angelo Grose, Michigan State
    Josh Proctor, Ohio State
    Avery Young, Rutgers
    Christian Izien, Rutgers

    Jakorian Bennett, Maryland
    John Torchio, Wisconsin

    Specialists | Honorable mention

    Mitchell Fineran, Purdue
    Chad Ryland, Wisconsin

    Brad Robbins, Michigan
    Tory Taylor, Iowa

    Jayden Reed, Michigan State
    Aron Cruickshank, Rutgers

    Aron Cruickshank, Rutgers
    A.J. Henning, Michigan

    Chris Stoll, Penn State
    Hank Pepper, Michigan State

    For other Pro Football Network’s All-Conference Teams, view each conference here: ACCBig 12Pac-12SECIndependentsAACC-USAMACMWCSun Belt

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