The Big Ten is one of FBS’s premier football conferences. Big 10 teams are usually spread across the top 25, with many players dropping out of the conference.
Attached to the conference is a big team mentality, a team playing football “the right way,” but that doesn’t mean at all that superstars aren’t to be found. Even though the rosters are of a high standard, there are still those few players who stand out and today we are going to evaluate them.
Here are the top 10 individual players Iowa Hawkeyes fans will see against their favorite team in 2022.
Mo Ibrahim: Minnesota running back
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Career stats: 547 tries, 3,003 yards, 5.5 yards per carry and 33 touchdowns.
Mo Ibrahim has been a major player in the Big Ten for the past four seasons, playing a significant role in the Golden Gophers’ offense. He was hoping to have a better year in 2021 before an injury derailed his senior season. Ibrahim will be one of the people to look out for in the key end-of-season game on Minnesota.
Denzel Burke: cornerback for Ohio State
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Freshman stats: A total of 35 tackles, one interception and 12 passes.
First of many Ohio State Buckeyes Denzel Burke looks like the next great on the list Ohio extreme defender. An outstanding freshman, Burke produced excellent coverage grades and received a slew of passes. Expect Burke to become a household name when he becomes a sophomore in 2022.
Aidan O’Connell: quarterback for Purdue
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Career stats: 506 of 740, 5,729 passing yards, 43 touchdowns, and 17 interceptions
After Aidan O’Connell took over the starting position last year, Purdue. The Boilermakers boasted one of the best passing attacks in the country and knocked out Big Ten giants Iowa and Michigan. Coming in as the undisputed starter, expect AOC to end his career in West Lafayette, Indiana with a bang!
Nick Herbig: Wisconsin linebacker
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Career stats: 87 total tackles, 20.5 tackles to lose and 10 sacks.
Wisconsin The defense was fantastic last year. Like, better than you think. Badgers only 16.2 points per game allowed and only 4.17 yards allowed per game. It was only 0.01 behind Georgiahistorical unit. They also allowed the fewest yards in both total (3,108) and per game (239). Outside linebacker and pass rusher Nick Herbig became a breakout star in his sophomore year with 14.5 tackles per loss and nine sacks.
Blake Corum: Michigan Running Back
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Career stats: 170 tries, 1,026 yards, six yards per carry and 14 touchdowns.
When Hassan Haskins left for the NFL, junior running back Blake Corum steps into the lead. As Michigan Corum nearly hit 1,000 yards with his second punch and reached the end zone 12 times. follow MichiganCorum’s fast-paced attack, with the help of sophomore Donovan Edwards, became one of the best in football.
Peter Skoronski: Northwest Offensive Hold
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The only forward on the list, Skoronski is one of the best returning linemen in both the conference and the NCAA. Starting as a freshman, Skoronski showed early on his ability to manage his own and Northwestern Left tackle play didn’t falter without a first-round pick and NFL Second Team All-Pro Rushon Slater. His future may be in the NFL, but for now, teams need to send extra men to the left side of the Wildcats if they hope to stop Skoronski’s rushing attack.
Brelon Allen: running back Wisconsin
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Freshman stats: 186 tries, 1,268 yards, 6.8 carry yards and 12 touchdowns.
Too big. Too fast. Too strong. That’s the best way to describe sophomore runner Brelon Allen. Looking like the next Derrick Henry, Allen was a superstar freshman despite breaking up with Chaz Mellucy. While Mellusi will get his share, Allen’s talent cannot be denied. He will be the next in a long line of great college running backs from the Badgers.
TreVion Henderson: Ohio State running back
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Freshman stats: 183 yards, 1,248 rushing yards, 6.8 carry yards, and 15 touchdowns.
What TreVion Henderson was able to do last year as a real freshman was nothing short of incredible. It wasn’t just raw physical talent for him, as it was for Allen. While Henderson has physical abilities, his explosion is incredible, his vision is on the next level. He did advanced things right out of the gate. He is the most complete defender you can find, and for the next two years he will be a huge thorn in the side of opponents.
Jackson Smith-Njigba: Ohio State Receiver
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Career stats: 105 receptions, 1,655 yards, 15.58 yards per catch, and 10 touchdowns.
Last year, on a team with two wide receivers top 15 in the 2022 NFL Draft, Jackson Smith-Njigba outclassed them both. Like a real sophomore. This is scary. Possibly the best receiver in the country, Smith-Njigba would lead one of the best air attacks in the country as CJ Stroud’s No. 1 option. Don’t be surprised if Smith-Njigba is also selected in the top 15.
C.J. Stroud: Ohio state quarterback
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Career stats: 314 of 441, 4,435 passing yards, 44 touchdowns, six interceptions
It’s scary to think what CJ Stroud is going to do in his freshman year. Considering how great his sophomore stats were, it’s important to note that he did struggle a bit in the very early stages of the season. As soon as he found his foothold, the light went out.
He enters this season with a year of experience under his belt, a solid foundation and one of the best squads in the country. This entire list almost consisted of his teammates. Even if it hurts Iowa’s final record, make sure you enjoy what Stroud does this season. It will be special.
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