Preview 2021: Previewing and looking ahead to the Big Ten season with the College Football News Preseason All-Big Ten Team & Top 30 players.
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2021 Preseason CFN Big Ten Offensive Player of the YearRB Mohamed Ibrahim, Sr. Minnesota
There isn’t a ton of flash, and he might not be at the hype level of a star quarterback, but Ibrahim is a tough, steady producer going into his fourth season as one of the nation’s best running backs.
Minnesota didn’t have the passing game of the 2019 team, and there wasn’t the running back rotation of the 2018 version, but Ibrahim still battled with 20 or more carries in every game. He ran the ball over 200 times in the seven game season for 1,076 yards and 15 scores. He’ll once again be a 100-yard machine.
Keeping with the theme of steady-over-sensational for the Big Ten preseason top players …
2021 Preseason CFN Big Ten Defensive Player of the YearLB Olakunie Fatukasi, Sr. Rutgers
Who’s Olakunie Fatukasi? No, he’s not an elite NFL prospect like some of the other Big Ten defensive talents, and he doesn’t play for Ohio State, Michigan, Wisconsin or Penn State. Also, Tyshon Fogg might be the longtime main man for the Rutgers defense, but the 6-1, 234-pound senior is a tough all-around defender. All he did was lead the Big Ten in tackles in 2020.
He wasn’t new to the mix. A bit smaller but still tough, he came up with 85 tackles as a junior, but under the new coaching staff he followed it up by doing just about everything with 101 stops with three sacks and 11 tackles for loss.
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QB – Graham Mertz, Soph. WisconsinRB – Tyler Goodson, Jr. IowaRB – Mohamed Ibrahim, Sr. MinnesotaWR – Ty Fryfogle, Sr. IndianaWR – Chris Olave, Sr. Ohio StateTE – Jake Ferguson, Sr. WisconsinOT – Thayer Munford, Sr. Ohio StateOT/OG – Logan Bruss, Sr. WisconsinC – Tyler Linderbaum, Jr. IowaOG – Mike Miranda, Sr. Penn StateOT – Peter Skoronski, Soph. NorthwesternRelated
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College Football News 2021 Preseason All-Big Ten Team: DefenseDE – Zach Harrison, Jr. Ohio StateDT – Keanu Benton, Jr. WisconsinDT – Haskell Garrett, Sr. Ohio StateDE – George Karlaftis, Jr. PurdueLB – Olakunie Fatukasi, Sr. RutgersLB – Micah McFadden, Jr. IndianaLB – Josh Ross, Sr. MichiganCB – Sevyn Banks, Sr. Ohio StateS – Jaquan Brisker, Sr. Penn StateS – Brandon Joseph, Soph. NorthwesternCB – Tiawan Mullen, Soph. IndianaCollege Football News 2021 Preseason All-Big Ten Team: Special TeamsPK – Charles Campbell, Soph. IndianaP – Tory Taylor, Soph. IowaKR – Aron Cruickshank, Jr. RutgersPR – Charlie Jones, Sr. IowaNEXT: CFN 2021 Preseason Top 30 Big Ten PlayersCollege Football News 2021 Preseason Top 30 Big Ten Players30. LB Tyshon Fogg, Sr. Rutgers29. LB Jack Sanborn, Sr. Wisconsin28. LB JoJo Domann, Sr. Nebraska27. CB Jaylin Williams, Jr. Indiana26. TE Jake Ferguson, Sr. Wisconsin25. OT Rasheed Walker, Jr. Penn State24. OT Logan Bruss, Sr. Wisconsin23. OT Thayer Munford, Sr. Ohio State22. CB Tiawan Mullen, Soph. Indiana21. WR Garrett Wilson, Sr. Ohio State20. LB Jake Hansen, Sr. Illinois19. QB Michael Penix, Jr., Soph. Indiana18. DE Aidan Hutchinson, Sr. Michigan17. CB Sevyn Banks, Sr. Ohio State16. DE Zach VanValkenburg, Sr. Iowa15. DE Tyreke Smith, Sr. Ohio State14. WR Jahan Dotson, Sr. Penn State13. DE Zach Harrison, Jr. Ohio State12. S Jaquan Brisker, Sr. Penn State11. QB Graham Mertz, Soph. Wisconsin10. WR David Bell, Jr. Purdue9. S Brandon Joseph, Soph. Northwestern8. LB Josh Ross, Sr. Michigan7. DE George Karlaftis, Jr. Purdue6. WR Ty Fryfogle, Sr. Indiana5. DT Haskell Garrett, Sr. Ohio State4. LB Micah McFadden, Jr. Indiana3. LB Olakunie Fatukasi, Sr. Rutgers2. WR Chris Olave, Sr. Ohio State1. RB Mohamed Ibrahim, Sr. Minnesota
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