PFN Preseason All-Independent Team 2022: BYU QB Jaren Hall earns top spot

The PFN All-Independent Team awards the top players on both sides of the ball from the FBS Independents ahead of the 2022 college football season.

For one final year, BYU appears on our All-Independent Team for the 2022 college football season. Set to join the Big 12, BYU sports the top honors across the offensive side of the ball while Notre Dame’s star defenders do the same on defense. Presented in conjunction with our release of our College Football All-Americans, we at PFN debut our 2022 preseason All-Independent Team, as voted on by our team of national analysts and NFL draft evaluators.

PFN’s 2022 All-Independent 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: Jaren Hall, BYU
RB: Christopher Brooks, BYU
RB: Ellis Merriweather, UMass
WR: Braden Lenzy, Notre Dame
WR: Puka Nacua, BYU
WR: Demario Douglas, Liberty
TE: Michael Mayer, Notre Dame
FLEX: Rico Arnold, UMass
OT: Blake Freeland, BYU
G: Clark Barrington, BYU
C: Jarrett Patterson, Notre Dame
G: Campbell Barrington, BYU
OT: Josh Lugg, Notre Dame

Defense | First team

EDGE: Andre Carter II, Army
DT: Jayson Ademilola, Notre Dame
DT: Kwabena Bonsu, Army
EDGE: Isaiah Foskey, Notre Dame
LB: Chris Ojoh, New Mexico State
LB: Jack Kiser, Notre Dame
LB: Payton Wilgar, BYU
CB: Kaleb Hayes, BYU
CB: Jabari Moore, Army
CB: Cam Hart, Notre Dame
S: Brandon Joseph, Notre Dame
S: Javon Scruggs, Liberty
FLEX: Keenan Pili, BYU

Specialists | First team

PK: Blake Grupe, Notre Dame
P: Ryan Rehkow, BYU
KR: Brian Brewton, UConn
PR: Demario Douglas, Liberty
LS: Michael Vinson, Notre Dame

Jaren Hall is a top-10 quarterback for the 2022 season and gives the Cougars a chance to win every game this season. He’s got the best offensive line in front of him, perhaps in the entire country, as BYU sends three to the first team and another on the second team. Payton Wilgar also anchors a solid linebacking corps at BYU, while New Mexico State’s Chris Ojoh earns the top honor at the position for all Independent schools this fall.

Offense | Second team

QB: Tyhier Tyler, Army
RB: T.J. Green, Liberty
RB: Tyrell Robinson, Army
WR: Cameron Ross, UConn
WR: Gunner Romney, BYU
WR: Rico Arnold, UMass
TE: Isaac Rex, BYU
FLEX: Jakobi Buchanan, Army
OT: Cooper McCaw, Liberty
G: Andrew Kristofic, Notre Dame
C: Connor Pay, BYU
G: Connor Finucane, Army
OT: Joe Alt, Notre Dame

Defense | Second team

EDGE: Durell Johnson, Liberty
DT: Justin Segura, New Mexico State
DT: Chase Lundt, UConn
EDGE: Tyler Batty, BYU
LB: Ian Swenson, UConn
LB: Josh Ferguson, New Mexico State
LB: Garrell Johnson, UMass
CB: Josh Wallace, UMass
CB: D.J. McCullough, New Mexico State
CB: Tariq Bracy, Notre Dame
S: Malik Moore, BYU
S: Marquel Broughton, Army
FLEX: Chris Megginson, Liberty

For other Pro Football Network’s All-Conference Teams, view each conference here: ACC | B1G | Big 12Pac-12SEC  | AACC-USAMACMWCSun Belt

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