Ranking the 22 best Big Ten football players for the 2022 season

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It’s now July and college football – week zero – will be upon us at the end of August, so it’s time to really start thinking about college football again.

The 2022 football season is about to take off, so for this article, we’re going to rank the 22 best returning Big Ten players for the upcoming season.

It was difficult to come with only 22 players. This conference is pretty loaded on the offensive and defensive sides of the ball. I considered awards, stats, and All-Big Ten production when putting together this top 22 list. I’m sure there will be a lot of disagreements with this ranking, so please share your thoughts and what you would change.

Without further ado, here are the 22 best Big Ten football players ahead of the 2022 football season.

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Riley Moss – DB – Iowa

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Iowa defensive back Riley Moss (33) warms up during an NCAA Big Ten Conference football game against Minnesota, Saturday, Nov. 13, 2021, at Kinnick Stadium in Iowa City, Iowa.
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Career stats: 111 tackles, 10 interceptions, three defensive touchdowns and 15 pass deflections

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Ji’Ayir Brown — DB — Penn State

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January 1, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions safety Ji’Ayir Brown (16) intercepts the ball in the end zone during the first half against the Arkansas Razorbacks in the 2022 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium . Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton – USA TODAY Sports

Career stats: 79 tackles, six interceptions, one defensive touchdown and six pass deflections

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Olu Oluwatimi — OL — Michigan

Photo: Isaiah Hole

* Rimington Prize finalist in 2021

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Sam LaPorta — TE — Iowa

December 4, 2021; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Iowa Hawkeyes tight end Sam LaPorta (84) against the Michigan Wolverines during the Big Ten Conference Championship game at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Career stats: 95 receptions, 1,129 yards and four touchdowns

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Ronnie Bell — WR — Michigan

Photo: Isaiah Hole

Career stats: 83 receptions, 1,380 yards and five touchdowns

17

Rakim Jarrett — WR — Maryland

COLUMBUS, OH – OCTOBER 09: Rakim Jarrett #5 of the Maryland Terrapins passes the ball past Bryson Shaw #17 of the Ohio State Buckeyes for a touchdown in the third quarter during a game at Ohio Stadium on October 09, 2021 in Columbus, Ohio. (Photo by Emilee Chinn/Getty Images)

Career stats: 79 receptions, 1,081 yards and seven touchdowns

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Evan Hull — RB — North West

October 23, 2021; Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA; Northwestern Wildcats running back Evan Hull (26) rushes for a first-half touchdown against the Michigan Wolverines at Michigan Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Career stats: 267 attempts, 1,504 yards and 13 touchdowns

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Chase Brown — RB — Illinois

Wisconsin’s CJ Goetz stops Illinois running back Chase Brown for a short gain during the second quarter Friday.

Career stats: 348 attempts, 1,915 yards and eight touchdowns

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Mo Ibrahim — RB — Minnesota

September 2, 2021; Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA; Minnesota Gophers running back Mohamed Ibrahim (24) heads the ball as Ohio State Buckeyes cornerback Ryan Watts (16) tries to tackle him during the second quarter at Huntington Bank Stadium . Mandatory Credit: Harrison Barden – USA TODAY Sports

Career stats: 547 attempts, 3,003 yards and 33 touchdowns

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Parker Washington — WR — State of Pennsylvania

January 1, 2022; Tampa, Florida, USA; Penn State Nittany Lions wide receiver Parker Washington (3) makes a one-handed catch during the first half against the Arkansas Razorbacks in the 2022 Outback Bowl at Raymond James Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Matt Pendleton – USA TODAY Sports

Career stats: 100 receptions, 1,309 yards and 10 touchdowns

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Peter Skoronski — OT — Northwest

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EVANSTON, ILLINOIS – DECEMBER 12: Peter Skoronski #77 of the Northwestern Wildcats blocks Isaiah Gay #92 of the Illinois Fighting Illini at Ryan Field on December 12, 2020 in Evanston, Illinois. (Photo by Jonathan Daniel/Getty Images)

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Tiawan Mullen — DB — Indiana

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November 7, 2020; Bloomington, Indiana, USA; Michigan Wolverines running back Zach Charbonnet (24) is tackled by Indiana Hoosiers defensive back Tiawan Mullen (3) during the second half of the game at Memorial Stadium. The Indiana Hoosiers defeated the Michigan Wolverines 38-21. Mandatory Credit: Marc Lebryk-USA TODAY Sports

Career stats: 84 tackles, 3.5 sacks, three interceptions and 20 pass deflections

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Taulia Tagovailoa — QB — Maryland

Photo: Isaiah Hole

Career stats: 412 for 608, 4,971 yards, 34 touchdowns and 18 interceptions

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TreVeyon Henderson — RB — Ohio State

(AP Photo/AJ Mast)

Career stats: 183 attempts, 1,248 yards and 14 touchdowns

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Aidan O’Connell – QB – Purdue

(Nikos Frazier/Journal & Courier via AP)

Career stats: 506 for 740, 5,729 yards, 43 touchdowns and 17 interceptions

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Nick Herbig — LB — Wisconsin

Photo: Vincent Carchietta – USA TODAY Sports

Career stats: 87 tackles, 20.5 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries

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Jack Campbell — LB — Iowa

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December 4, 2021; Indianapolis, IN, USA; Michigan Wolverines running back Hassan Haskins (25) heads the ball while Iowa Hawkeyes linebacker Jack Campbell (31) defends in the second half at Lucas Oil Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Trevor Ruszkowski – USA TODAY Sports

Career stats: 174 tackles, seven tackles for loss, two sacks, three interceptions, two forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries

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Jayden Reed — WR — Michigan State

ATLANTA, GEORGIA – DECEMBER 30: Jayden Reed #1 of the Michigan State Spartans stiff arms Phil Campbell III #24 of the Pittsburgh Panthers during the fourth quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium on December 30, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Adam Hagy/Getty Images)

Career stats: 148 receptions, 2,230 yards and 21 touchdowns

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Blake Corum — RB — Michigan

Photo: Isaiah Hole

Career stats: 170 attempts, 1,026 yards and 13 touchdowns

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Braelon Allen — RB — Wisconsin

(AP Photo/Michael Conroy)

Career stats: 186 attempts, 1,268 yards and 12 touchdowns

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Jaxon Smith-Njigba — WR — Ohio State

ANN ARBOR, MICHIGAN – NOVEMBER 27: Jaxon Smith-Njigba #11 of the Ohio State Buckeyes and Rod Moore #19 of the Michigan Wolverines speak during the first quarter at Michigan Stadium on November 27, 2021 in Ann Arbor, Michigan . (Photo by Mike Mulholland/Getty Images)

Career stats: 105 receptions, 1,655 yards and 10 touchdowns

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CJ Stroud — QB — Ohio State

Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud (7) pulls away from Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson (97) in the second quarter of an NCAA college football game in Ann Arbor, Michigan , Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Tony Ding)

Career stats: 317 for 441, 4,435 yards, 44 touchdowns and six interceptions

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