College soccer’s prime 100 gamers for 2022

After an offseason spent consistently rating and reranking faculty soccer gamers on NIL offers and switch portal strikes, the upcoming kickoff of precise soccer video games signifies that the time has come to rank gamers on their precise soccer skills. Not by unit, convention or the place they may or won’t be chosen in future NFL drafts, however reasonably a great, old school 1-to-100 stacking of who’s the very best at taking part in soccer, no matter place.

Does having a Heisman Trophy on the home imply Bryce Younger ought to mechanically stiff-arm the competitors? What about all these dudes making an attempt to sort out the Bama QB this fall? Learn forward and put together to be impressed. Or, for those who’re a ball service being chased by Will Anderson, distressed.

Methodology: Voters have been introduced with a sequence of one-on-one votes. For instance, “Who will be better in 2022: Jaxon Smith-Njigba or Caleb Williams?” Consider it as an Oklahoma Drill of statistical reasoning. Greater than 11,000 votes later, these have been the outcomes.

— Ryan McGee

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OLB, Alabama, Junior
Notable 2021 stats: 101 tackles (57 solo), 17.5 sacks
Final yr’s rating: 10

Final season’s Bronko Nagurski Trophy winner might be subsequent yr’s No. 1 total draft decide. The previous Freshman of the 12 months emerged as probably the greatest gamers in faculty soccer as a sophomore, main the nation in sacks (17.5) and tackles for loss (34.5).

QB, Alabama, Junior
Notable 2021 stats: 4,872 yards, 47 TDs
Final yr’s rating: 21

The Southern California native and former five-star prospect greater than lived as much as the hype stepping in for Mac Jones in his first season as a starter final season. Not solely did he win the Heisman Trophy due to a school-record 47 whole touchdowns, he additionally set an Alabama single-season mark for passing yards with 4,872.

QB, Ohio State, Junior
Notable 2021 stats: 4,435 yards, 44 TDs
Final yr’s rating: NR

Stroud is the chief of what ought to be a high-powered offense at Ohio State. He was a Heisman Trophy finalist final season and coach Ryan Day says he has seen progress and maturity from his quarterback. If all goes as deliberate, Stroud very properly might be again on the Heisman record as soon as this season is over.

WR, Ohio State, Junior
Notable 2021 stats: 1,606 yards, 9 TDs
Final yr’s rating: NR

Smith-Njigba broke out final season, even with Garrett Wilson and Chris Olave on the roster. Smith-Njigba led the staff with 1,606 receiving yards and had 9 receiving touchdowns. Quarterback C.J. Stroud is returning and Smith-Njigba goes to be certainly one of his predominant targets.

RB, Texas, Junior
Notable 2021 stats: 1,127 yards, 11 TDs
Final yr’s rating: 14

Robinson has Heisman potential, working for 1,127 yards and averaging 5.8 yards per carry final season regardless of Texas’ offensive line points and lacking the ultimate two video games of final season after struggling an elbow harm. In what might be his ultimate season in Austin, Robinson is primed for an enormous yr.

DT, Georgia, Junior
Notable 2021 stats: 37 tackles (17 solo), 3 sacks
Final yr’s rating: NR

Georgia had three defensive linemen chosen within the first spherical of the NFL draft, together with No. 1 decide Travon Walker. Carter, a 310-pounder from Apopka, Florida, may find yourself being higher than all of them. He averaged a sort out on 11.7% of snaps and led the staff with 8.5 tackles for loss final season. ESPN draft guru Mel Kiper Jr. has him ranked because the fourth-best prospect for 2023.

RB, Ohio State, Sophomore
Notable 2021 stats:1,248 yards, 15 TDs
Final yr’s rating: NR

As a real freshman, Henderson ran for 1,272 yards and 15 touchdowns final season. He was sixth in yards per rush amongst all FBS working backs and was No. 12 in yards after first contact. With a yr of expertise, Henderson ought to be even higher this season.

TE, Georgia, Sophomore
Notable 2021 stats: 882 yards, 13 TDs
Final yr’s rating: NR

Bowers was arguably the very best tight finish within the nation final season, as a real freshman. It is exhausting to think about what he may do in his second season with the Bulldogs if he stays wholesome. He had 56 catches for 882 yards with a school-record 13 landing receptions in 2022. He figures to as soon as once more be quarterback Stetson Bennett’s favourite goal.

WR, USC, Junior
Notable 2021 stats: 1,593 yards, 17 TDs
Final yr’s rating: NR

Addison was the addition who appeared to swing USC from being harmful this coming season to probably being an issue for groups past the Pac-12. Can a large receiver add that a lot worth? It is exhausting to argue that he cannot given he was the very best wideout within the nation and is about to play in a greater offense and with a greater quarterback. One factor USC hasn’t lacked even throughout its down years is elite vast receiver expertise — JuJu Smith-Schuster, Michael Pittman, Drake London. None of them, nonetheless, received a Biletnikoff like Addison simply did.

QB, USC, Sophomore
Notable 2021 stats: 1,912 yards, 21 TDs
Final yr’s rating: NR

What Williams can do on the sector is clear. However maybe his largest power is the truth that the heightened hype round him would not appear to make him uncomfortable. USC has been lacking a participant with — and that is meant as a praise — this sort of irrational confidence. If his recreation matches it this season, he can single-handedly will this staff to not simply relevance, however success.

WR, LSU, Junior
Notable 2021 stats: 509 yards, 9 TDs
Final yr’s rating: NR

A season-ending harm in opposition to Kentucky final October minimize quick a nine-game run relationship to Boutte’s freshman season through which he scored in each recreation and racked up 13 touchdowns. Whereas there was concern early on that he would not mesh with new coach Brian Kelly, the choice to award Boutte the ceremonial No. 7 jersey in July signifies what’s anticipated of arguably probably the most gifted participant on the roster.

RB, Kansas State, Junior
Notable 2021 stats: 1,404 yards, 18 TDs
Final yr’s rating: 44

Vaughn is likely one of the most fun backs within the nation. In his sophomore season in 2021, he ran for simply over 1,400 yards and 18 touchdowns, including 468 receiving yards and 4 touchdowns. He is a very powerful participant on Kansas State’s roster each from a expertise perspective, and a scarcity of depth behind him.

DT, Clemson, Sophomore
Notable 2021 stats: 13 tackles (6 solo) 1.5 sacks in 4 video games
Final yr’s rating: 11

We acquired a glimpse of what Bresee may do as ACC Defensive Freshman of the 12 months in 2020, when he had 33 tackles, 6.5 tackles for loss and 4 sacks. He was on his method to one other massive yr as a sophomore, however he tore his ACL within the fourth recreation of the season and was out for the yr. Nonetheless, he earned third-team All-ACC honors in a nod to his dominance over such a brief stretch. He’s again and wholesome and figures to have his finest yr but.

CB, Georgia, Sophomore
Notable 2021 stats: 34 tackles (26 solo), 2 INT
Final yr’s rating: NR

Ringo will eternally be remembered by Bulldogs followers for his game-clinching pick-6 that put a bow on Georgia’s first nationwide championship in 41 years. At 6-foot-2, Ringo is a tall cornerback with exceptionally lengthy arms and good ball expertise and velocity. He had 34 tackles with eight move breakups and two interceptions in 2021. If Ringo is extra constant this season, he is likely to be one of many first cornerbacks off the board within the 2023 NFL draft.

RB, Syracuse, Sophomore
Notable 2021 stats: 1,496 yards, 12 TDs
Final yr’s rating: NR

At a college identified for its working again custom, Tucker broke the single-season college speeding document in 2021 with 1,496 yards — so that offers you all of the context you want about why he completely needed to be included on this record. Syracuse has additionally launched a Heisman marketing campaign for Tucker referred to as “PL34SED,” a nod to his jersey quantity and what he says after each recreation — that he’s happy together with his efficiency.

TE, Notre Dame, Junior
Notable 2021 stats: 840 yards, 7 TDs
Final yr’s rating: 47

Together with Georgia’s Brock Bowers, Mayer is a major Mackey Award candidate in what ought to be his ultimate faculty season. He has been dominant from the beginning, recording 113 receptions for 1,290 yards and 9 touchdowns in his first two seasons. His presence will likely be large for Notre Dame’s new beginning quarterback, Tyler Buchner.

LB, Oregon, Sophomore
Notable 2021 stats: 114 tackles (53 solo), 4 sacks, 2 FF, 1 INT
Final yr’s rating: NR

After a season of 114 tackles, 4 sacks two compelled fumbles and an entire lot of modifications at Oregon, Sewell is the mainstay the Geese badly want. With Dan Lanning — a defensive-minded head coach — getting into the fold, Sewell is certain to construct on final season’s success. Questions abound on the offensive facet of the ball, so Oregon goes to want an encore from Sewell because the chief of the Geese’ protection to make some noise this season. The excellent news? He is loads succesful.

DE, Clemson, Junior
Notable 2021 stats: 37 tackles (21 solo), 7 sacks
Final yr’s rating: 25

It is potential the largest impediment to Murphy’s dominance at defensive finish is that he has to share the wealth with so many different gifted linemen at Clemson. Nonetheless, Murphy is the very best of the bunch, ending final season with seven sacks, 14 tackles for loss, two compelled fumbles and 12 runs stopped at or behind the road of scrimmage. Murphy is a future first-round decide anchoring a line that may have two or three of them.

QB, NC State, Junior
Notable 2021 stats: 3,433 yards, 35 TDs
Final yr’s rating: NR

Coach Dave Doeren describes Leary as the very best quarterback within the nation based mostly on the whole lot he has seen out of his quarterbacks over his NC State profession. Final season, Leary threw for 3,433 yards and 35 touchdowns — setting a single-season college landing document. His .657 completion proportion ranks No. 3 at school historical past. Leary was chosen because the media alternative for preseason ACC Participant of the 12 months.

RB, Alabama, Junior
Notable 2021 stats: 746 yards, 4 TDs
Final yr’s rating: NR

There was a ton of buzz surrounding the previous All-ACC working again and return specialist when he left Georgia Tech and entered the switch portal in late November. Then he landed with Alabama, stepping in for third-round decide Brian Robinson Jr. He raised eyebrows instantly within the spring recreation with a 73-yard landing run and received MVP.

QB, Wake Forest, Junior
Notable 2021 stats: 4,228 yards, 39 TDs
Final yr’s rating: NR

Hartman will miss the early a part of the season whereas rehabbing from a non-football challenge that required surgical procedure in August. His absence will likely be felt by Wake Forest, as Hartman delivered arguably the very best season at school historical past in 2021, accounting for 4,591 yards of whole offense and 50 mixed touchdowns. He is simply the sixteenth Energy 5 QB in historical past to document 50 TDs in a season, a gaggle that features 11 first-round draft picks and eight Heisman Trophy winners.

C, Notre Dame, Senior
Notable profession stat: Has by no means allowed a sack
Final yr’s rating: NR

The three-year starter and 2021 captain has not been liable for a sack in his faculty profession, a giant motive why he ranks No. 2 on Mel Kiper Jr.’s record of draft-eligible facilities for 2023. The 6-foot-4, 310-pound Patterson will anchor one of many nation’s finest traces, and may push to grow to be Notre Dame’s first Rimington Trophy winner.

S, Alabama, Senior
Notable 2021 stats: 86 tackles (50 solo), 3 INT
Final yr’s rating: NR

Star pass-rusher Will Anderson Jr. is the face of Alabama’s protection, however do not sleep on Battle and the Crimson Tide’s loaded secondary. Mel Kiper Jr.’s third-ranked security forward of subsequent yr’s draft, Battle racked up 86 tackles and three interceptions as a junior final season.



Jordan Battle will get up for the interception and returns it 40 yards for a pick-six.

OLB, Alabama, Sophomore
Notable 2021 stat: 30 tackles (14 solo), 8.5 sacks
Final yr’s rating: NR

The Freshman All-American appeared in all 15 video games final season, however he got here on like a freight practice late, racking up 8.5 sacks over Alabama’s ultimate seven video games. Not solely a gifted pass-rusher in his personal proper, Turner advantages the protection by retaining Will Anderson Jr. from going through double- and triple-team blockers each down.

QB, Miami, Sophomore
Notable 2021 stats: 2,931 yards, 25 TDs
Final yr’s rating: NR

Van Dyke began final season as a backup quarterback as all eyes centered on D’Eriq King. However after King acquired damage early within the season, Van Dyke stepped in and began the ultimate 9 video games — incomes ACC Rookie of the 12 months honors after throwing for two,931 yards, 25 touchdowns and 6 interceptions. He ended 2021 with six straight 300-yard passing video games and at the least three landing passes, the primary Energy 5 quarterback to take action in a single season since LSU’s Joe Burrow in 2019.

WR, North Carolina, Junior
Notable 2021 stats: 101 rec, 1,335 yards
Final yr’s rating: NR

For the majority of the 2021 season, each protection the Tar Heels performed knew the place the ball was going. Downs was not simply the No. 1 goal, however typically the one dependable move catcher. And even with all that spotlight from defenders, he nonetheless caught 101 balls for 1,335 yards. Whereas UNC may have a brand new QB for 2022, it additionally expects to have a greater supporting solid for its star receiver, which may make Downs an excellent greater weapon this yr.

QB, Mississippi State, Junior
Notable 2021 stats: 4,739 yards, 36 TDs
Final yr’s rating: NR

It is exhausting to discover a extra underrated quarterback than Rogers. Perhaps it is as a result of he performs at Mississippi State and is overshadowed by SEC powers Alabama and Georgia. Perhaps it is as a result of he performs in Mike Leach’s distinctive Air Raid offense. However the numbers Rogers posted final season are simple, main the convention in passing yards per recreation (364.5).

RB, Minnesota, Senior
Notable 2020 stats:1,078 yards, 15 TDs
Final yr’s rating: 55

Minnesota misplaced working backs Ky Thomas and Mar’Keise Irving this offseason, so Ibrahim goes to be counted on much more than he already was. His season was minimize quick in 2021 when he injured his achilles within the season opener. Ibrahim is motivated to come back again this season and as soon as once more lead the staff in rush yards the best way he did in 2020.

WR, Wake Forest, Junior
Notable 2021 stats: 71 rec, 1,293 yards, 15 TDs
Final yr’s rating: NR

Perry is certainly one of simply 9 Energy 5 WRs to put up 70 catches, 1,200 yards and 15 touchdowns in a season within the playoff period. The remainder of the record contains six Biletnikoff winners, together with Jordan Addison, and 6 first-round draft picks. Perry is in rarified air, however he additionally steps right into a murkier state of affairs in 2022, with QB Sam Hartman anticipated to overlook a portion of the season.

LB, Military, Junior
Notable 2021 stats: 44 tackles (34 solo), 15.5 sack, 4 FF
Final yr’s rating: NR

He was 6-6, 220 kilos as an unrated recruit from Missouri Metropolis, Texas. Three years later, he is 6-7 and 260 and coming off of some of the unimaginable breakout seasons you may ever see. Solely Will Anderson Jr. topped his 15.5 sacks in 2021. What may he do as a senior?

DE, Notre Dame, Senior
Notable 2021 stats: 52 tackles (38 solo), 11 sacks, 6 FF
Final yr’s rating: NR

Move rush ought to be a power for Notre Dame’s protection, and Foskey will lead the trouble after recording team-highs in sacks (11) and tackles for loss (12.5) in 2021. Foskey was among the many nation’s most disruptive defenders, tying for the FBS lead in compelled fumbles (6) and tying for eleventh in sacks per recreation (.85).

QB, Arkansas, Junior
Notable 2021 stats: 2,676 yards, 31 TDs
Final yr’s rating: NR

One of many breakout stars a yr in the past within the SEC, Jefferson performed the quarterback place with the mentality of a linebacker. He is down from 250 to 240 kilos this season and ought to be even higher in his second season because the starter. He was certainly one of 5 FBS quarterbacks a yr in the past to whole at the least 20 landing passes with 4 or fewer interceptions and revels in working over defenders down on the aim line.



Arkansas QB KJ Jefferson tells SEC Now’s Peter Burns that he is blended a number of the taking part in fashion of Cam Newton into his recreation.

QB, Kentucky, Senior
Notable 2021 stats: 2,826 yards, 24 TDs
Final yr’s rating: NR

After getting used primarily as a runner at Penn State, Levis enters his second season at Kentucky projected to be one of many prime quarterbacks taken within the 2023 NFL draft. He is nonetheless a serious menace to run the ball together with his 6-3, 232-pound body, however confirmed final season together with his 2,827 passing yards and 24 touchdowns that he is equally efficient at beating groups together with his robust proper arm.

RB, Wisconsin, Sophomore
Notable 2021 stats: 1,268 yards, 12 TDs
Final yr’s rating: NR

Allen did not escape for the Badgers till the fourth recreation of the season in opposition to Illinois. However as soon as he caught hearth, Allen turned a severe menace for Wisconsin, ending the season with 1,268 yards and 12 touchdowns as a freshman. Allen now has expertise and is in place to enhance on his numbers from final season.

QB, Coastal Carolina, Junior
Notable 2021 stats: 2,873 yards, 27 TDs
Final yr’s rating: 31

In two seasons because the pilot of the Chanticleers, McCall has accomplished 71% of his passes for five,361 yards, 53 touchdowns and solely six interceptions. And he has rushed for 859 yards and 11 scores, too. He is likely to be probably the most uniquely environment friendly faculty QB we have ever seen.

OT, Ohio State, Junior
Notable 2021 stats: 4 pressures allowed in 440 pass-block snaps, 1 sack
Final yr’s rating: NR

Johnson performed all 13 video games final season at proper guard, however with left sort out Thayer Munford gone, Johnson goes to be the brand new beginning sort out for the Buckeyes. He had a great season at a brand new place in 2021, and transferring over to his pure place ought to pan out to a different wonderful season.

S, Notre Dame, Junior
Notable 2021 stats: 79 tackles (54 solo), 3 INT
Final yr’s rating: 62

A 2020 All-America choice at Northwestern, Joseph might be some of the essential transfers on protection previously cycle. After six interceptions two seasons in the past, his playmaking manufacturing dipped final fall, however he brings expertise and expertise to a Notre Dame secondary that will likely be examined instantly in opposition to Ohio State.

LB, Clemson, Junior
Notable 2021 stats: 65 tackles (41 solo), 6 sacks
Final yr’s rating: NR

Simpson emerged final season as the subsequent premier linebacker at Clemson, ending third on the staff with 78 tackles, whereas rating second on the staff in tackles for loss (12) and sacks (six). A projected first-round decide within the 2023 NFL draft, coach Dabo Swinney described the 6-3, 240-pound Simpson this fashion as fall camp started: “He’s a freak, man,” Swinney stated. “He is big, strong, fast and lean, and smart.”

LB, Arkansas, Senior
Notable 2021 stat: 125 tackles (45 solo)
Final yr’s rating: NR

The title is likely one of the finest in faculty soccer, however Pool’s recreation is equally stellar. The 6-2, 232-pound linebacker is again for a fifth season and is a tackling machine for the Hogs. He has racked up 100 or extra whole tackles every of his previous two seasons and has 349 for his profession. A second-team All-SEC choice a yr in the past, Pool is the centerpiece of Barry Odom’s protection.

OLB, Georgia, Senior
Notable 2021 stats: 55 tackles (31 solo), 3.5 sack, 3 FF
Final yr’s rating: NR

One of many few holdovers from final season’s record-setting protection, Smith has been largely overshadowed by former line of defense stars Jordan Davis, Devonte Wyatt and Walker. The No. 2 recruit within the 2019 class, in response to ESPN Recruiting, Smith ought to have extra of a highlight this season. He had 9 tackles for loss, 3.5 sacks, 56 tackles and three compelled fumbles in 2021.

RB, Kentucky, Senior
Notable 2021 stats:1,379 yards, 9 TDs
Final yr’s rating: NR

The one query with Rodriguez is his standing and whether or not or not he’ll miss any video games after pleading responsible in July to a DUI cost. He has been one of many SEC’s most efficient working backs every of the previous two seasons and desires 1,134 yards to interrupt Benny Snell’s college document of three,873 profession speeding yards. The 5-11, 224-pound Rodriguez has 26 profession speeding touchdowns.

RB, Auburn, Junior
Notable 2021 stats: 1,099 yards, 10 TDs
Final yr’s rating: 27

The record of nice working backs at Auburn over time seemingly goes on eternally. Bigsby is trying to put collectively a 3rd straight massive season for the Tigers. He has velocity and energy and is coming off a 1,099-yard season as a sophomore. That is after speeding for 834 yards as a real freshman (in opposition to an All-SEC schedule), the second most speeding yards for any FBS freshman in 2020.

OLB, LSU, Junior
Notable 2021 stats: 54 tackles (31 solo), 7 sacks
Final yr’s rating: NR

The truth that Ojulari was chosen to put on the coveted No. 18 jersey this season tells you what he means to the LSU staff. It is a custom that has awarded the participant who finest exemplifies LSU soccer. The 6-3, 250-pound defensive finish is likely one of the extra explosive pass-rushers within the SEC. He completed with 11.5 tackles for loss, together with seven sacks, final season.

QB, Georgia, Senior
Notable 2021 stats: 2,862 yards, 29 TDs
Final yr’s rating: NR

For a lot of the previous two seasons, some Georgia followers appeared for each motive to bench the previous walk-on. Ultimately, he silenced his critics by main the Bulldogs to a nationwide title. Bennett was offensive MVP within the CFP Nationwide Championship Sport, finishing 17 of 26 passes for 224 yards with two scores. With a full offseason because the starter underneath his belt, and a more healthy and deeper receiver corps coming again, he is likely to be higher in 2022.

CB, Alabama, Junior
Notable 2021 stats: 11 tackles (9 solo), 1 INT in 6 video games
Final yr’s rating: 35

Alabama has had success with transfers in recent times, and Ricks comes over from LSU and may make an prompt impression within the secondary for the Crimson Tide. The 6-2, 190-pound junior has nice dimension and size of a cornerback. His sophomore season was minimize quick by an harm, however he had 4 interceptions as a freshman, together with two he returned for touchdowns.

OT, Northwestern, Junior
Notable 2021 stats: 11 pressures allowed in 410 pass-block snaps, 2 sacks
Final yr’s rating: NR

Skoronski began all 12 video games as a sophomore final season for Northwestern and was an all-conference choice by the coaches and media. He’s already being projected as a first-round decide within the subsequent NFL draft and has confirmed he is likely one of the prime offensive lineman within the nation.

QB, Louisville, Senior
Notable 2021 stats: 2,941 yards, 19 TDs
Final yr’s rating: 65

Who topped the Complete QBR rankings within the ACC final season? It wasn’t Kenny Pickett, or Sam Hartman, or Devin Leary, or Tyler Van Dyke: It was the kinetic Cunningham, who threw for two,941 yards, rushed for 1,031 and produced 39 mixed scores. You may’t take your eyes off of him.

QB, Utah, Junior
Notable 2021 stats: 2,492 yards, 20 TDs
Final yr’s rating: NR

Relative to the chatter about incoming quarterbacks like USC’s Caleb Williams and Wazzu’s Cameron Ward, Rising is cruising a bit underneath the radar. But after a season with almost 2,500 passing yards and a 20-5 touchdown-interception ratio, he is precisely the form of regular quarterback with continuity on his facet that Utah must win the convention once more.

QB, Tennessee, Senior
Notable 2021 stats: 2,945 yards, 31 TDs
Final yr’s rating: NR

The Virginia Tech switch blossomed final season underneath first-year Tennessee coach Josh Heupel. Though not the starter to open the season, Hooker began the ultimate 11 video games and emerged as one of many nation’s best quarterbacks with 3,561 yards of whole offense and simply three interceptions. The 24-year-old redshirt senior returns as some of the skilled quarterbacks in faculty soccer.

DL, Iowa State, Senior
Notable 2021 stats: 36 solo tackles (24 solo) 11.5 sacks, 5 FF
Final yr’s rating: 84

McDonald is a participant who each quarterback within the Large 12 is aware of. After having 10.5 sacks in 2020, he had 11.5 in 2021, setting an Iowa State single-season document. The Cyclones’ profession sack chief enters 2022 trying to develop on his document, and is main one of many staff’s strongest items.

WR Texas, Sophomore
Notable 2021 stats: 981 yards, 12 TDs
Final yr’s rating: NR

Worthy broke out in opposition to Oklahoma final yr with 9 catches for 261 yards and two touchdowns en path to a freshman All-America season. The Longhorns have massive hopes for an encore for Worthy, who completed with 62 catches for 981 yards and 12 TDs regardless of catching two or fewer passes in 4 video games.

CB, Iowa, Senior
Notable 2021 stat: 39 tackles (34 solo), 4 INT
Final yr’s rating: NR

Moss was tied for second on the staff with 4 interceptions final season. He had 39 whole tackles and 5 move breakups for the Hawkeyes. He is a senior this season and is positioned to be certainly one of Iowa’s finest defenders once more in 2022.

DE, Clemson, Senior
Notable 2021 stat: 21 tackles (12 solo), 3.5 sacks
Final yr’s rating: 58

A former five-star recruit, Thomas introduced his arrival with fashion, delivering a spotlight reel hit on Syracuse QB Eric Dungey to safe a Clemson win in 2018. Stardom appeared imminent, however COVID-19 and different accidents saved Thomas in examine for a lot of the subsequent two years. In 2021, nonetheless, he lastly delivered on that promise, racking up 14 QB hurries, 3.5 sacks and two compelled fumbles. He additionally led the ACC with a 14.1% stress fee.

LB, Alabama, Senior
Notable 2021 stat: 111 tackles (52 solo), 4 sacks
Final yr’s rating: 48

Will Anderson Jr. is Alabama’s defensive headliner, however To’oTo’o is the glue after a prolific first season with the Tide. He led Alabama with 113 tackles, together with 8.5 for loss and 4 sacks, and he earned second-team All-SEC honors. The 6-2, 228-pound To’oTo’o additionally led Tennessee in tackles in 2020, and made 23 begins.

RB, Clemson, Sophomore
Notable 2021 stats: 739 yards, 11 TDs
Final yr’s rating: NR

As a real freshman final season, Shipley got here in with advance hype because the No. 2 highschool working again within the nation. Regardless of lacking two video games in the midst of the season with a leg harm, Shipley confirmed his potential — speeding for 738 yards and 11 touchdowns — the second most by a Clemson true freshman behind Travis Etienne’s 13 in 2017. His presence within the backfield in 2022 will likely be an enormous key to Clemson’s possibilities to turning round its fortunes on offense.



Will Shipley scores 29-yard speeding landing

RB, USC, Senior
Notable 2021 stats: 1,271 yards, 16 TDs
Final yr’s rating: NR

By accidents and inconsistent quarterback play, Dye was Oregon’s metronome final season. Now at USC this yr, Dye will likely be a great No. 1 again as a runner and a pass-catcher. And although he is a basic instance of substance over flash, it looks like there is a extra explosive model of him that might be unlocked by taking part in in a Lincoln Riley offense subsequent to Caleb Williams.

DE, Oklahoma State, Sophomore
Notable 2021 stats: 29 tackles (20 solo), 11. 5 sacks
Final yr’s rating: NR

As a freshman, Oliver had 29 whole tackles, 15.5 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks. The Cowboys misplaced defensive coordinator Jim Knowles to Ohio State and return simply 4 starters, however Oliver is undoubtedly the man you need again after a freshman season like that.

RB, Texas A&M, Junior
Notable 2021 stats: 910 yards, 9 TDs
Final yr’s rating: NR

One of many SEC’s most electrical offensive performers ought to tackle a much bigger position in Texas A&M’s offense this fall. Achane led the SEC in yards per rush (7) final season, and had 910 yards and 9 touchdowns on solely 130 carries. He can even assist in the move recreation after a 24-catch season in 2021.

CB, South Carolina, Junior
Notable 2021 stats: 41 tackles (31 solo), 3 INT
Final yr’s rating: NR

He has emerged as a shutdown cornerback for South Carolina and an interesting prospect for the 2023 NFL draft. Mel Kiper Jr. ranks Smith because the No. 2 draft-eligible cornerback and No. 20 total prospect. Smith earned second-team All-SEC honors final season, when he began seven video games and allowed a number of catches simply twice in 11 contests.

WR, Tennessee, Senior
Notable 2021 stats: 1,081 yards, 12 TDs
Final yr’s rating: NR

No Tennessee participant benefited extra from the teaching/scheme change to Josh Heupel than Tillman, who turned Tennessee’s first 1,000-yard receiver since Justin Hunter in 2012. Tillman, who caught 72 passes for 1,205 yards and 14 touchdowns, is the SEC’s prime returning receiver and a nationwide awards candidate alongside quarterback Hendon Hooker.



Cedric Tillman places on a present as he maneuvers previous the Commodores’ protection for his second landing of the sport.

WR, Michigan State, Senior
Notable 2021 stats: 1,026 yards, 10 TDs
Final yr’s rating: NR

Reed was a 3rd staff All-Large Ten honoree at vast receiver. He led the Spartans in receptions (59), receiving yards (1,026) and landing receptions (10). Reed confirmed his versatility in a number of methods throughout Michigan State’s 11-2 season in 2021 — averaging 128.8 all-purpose yards a recreation.

S, Georgia, Senior
Notable 2021 stats: 44 tackles (23 solo), 3 INT
Final yr’s rating: NR

Smith is definitely not probably the most heralded participant on Georgia’s protection, however he’s certainly one of its most skilled and productive. Final season, he began 11 video games and had 35 tackles, 4 move breakups, three interceptions and two quarterback hurries. He was at his finest within the Bulldogs’ largest recreation, totaling seven tackles, two move breakups and an interception in a 33-18 victory over Alabama within the CFP Nationwide Championship.

DT, Clemson, Senior
Notable 2021 stat: 23 tackles (8 solo), 2.5 sacks
Final yr’s rating 57

It has been a slog for Davis the previous two years. He burst onto the scene as a real freshman in 2019, racking up 6.5 sacks and 10 tackles for loss from the inside and searching like a future first-round decide. However he has been restricted to simply 16 video games over the previous two seasons, battling accidents routinely, and he managed simply 4.5 sacks within the course of. He is lastly wholesome to kick off 2022, and he’ll have an opportunity to lastly construct off the stellar begin to his profession.

WR, Oklahoma, Junior
Notable 2021 stats: 705 yards, 5 TDs
Final yr’s rating: 8

Regardless of catching simply 32 passes final yr, Mims averaged 22.0 yards per reception (first in Large 12, fourth nationally), ending with 705 yards and 5 touchdowns, down from 9 TD catches as a freshman. He has led Oklahoma in receiving yards each seasons he has been in Norman and may gain advantage from Jeff Lebby’s spin on the brand new OU offense.

S, Texas A&M, Junior
Notable 2021 stats: 79 tackles (53 solo), 1 INT
Final yr’s rating: NR

Johnson began all 13 video games for Texas A&M in 2021 as a sophomore. He was second on the Aggies’ protection with 79 tackles. He earned AP All-SEC second staff recognition. Johnson is on the preseason watch record for the Thorpe Award.

S, Arkansas, Junior
Notable 2021 stats: 46 tackles (22 solo), 2 INT
Final yr’s rating: NR

A preseason AP All-America choice in 2021, Catalon missed the ultimate seven video games with a shoulder harm however nonetheless completed eighth on the staff in tackles (46). In 2020, he turned the primary Arkansas defensive again to earn first-team All-SEC honors from the league’s coaches since 2007. He had 99 tackles and three interceptions that fall.

RB, UCLA, Senior
Notable 2021 stats: 1,137 yards, 13 TDs
Final yr’s rating: NR

The previous Michigan working again has carved out a pleasant position at UCLA, the place he completed final season because the second-leading rusher within the Pac-12 (in convention play) and completed the season with 1,137 yards speeding. He was a second-team all-Pac-12 choice and might be among the many nationwide speeding leaders this season.

WR, Maryland, Junior
Notable 2021 stats: 829 yards, 5 TDs
Final yr’s rating: NR

Jarrett led Maryland in receiving yards with 829 yards and in addition tied for many touchdowns on the staff with 5. He averaged 13.37 yards per reception. Now with quarterback Taulia Tagovailoa returning, Jarrett ought to have one other productive season.

QB, Michigan State, Junior
Notable 2021 stats: 3,240 yards, 27 TDs
Final yr’s rating: NR

Thorne set Michigan State’s single-season landing document (27) in his first full season because the Spartans’ quarterback. Thorne threw for 3,233 yards to assist lead Michigan State to a 11-2 document. He has been named to the preseason watch lists for the Maxwell Award, Davey O’Brien Award and Walter Camp Participant of the 12 months.

QB, Oklahoma, Senior
Notable 2021 stats: 814 yards, 9 TD in 3 video games
Final yr’s rating: 33

After beginning 25 of 26 video games in his profession at UCF, the place he threw for 8,037 yards, 70 TDs to 14 INTs, Gabriel transferred to Oklahoma and can rejoin Jeff Lebby, his outdated offensive coordinator. Gabriel went down with an harm after simply three video games final yr, however ranked second nationally in whole offense (373.9 ypg) in 2020.

LB, Iowa, Senior
Notable 2021 stats: 140 tackles (57 solo), 2 INT
Final yr’s rating: NR

In 2021, Campbell ranked second within the Large Ten with 140 tackles, which have been the fifth-most in Iowa historical past. 5 instances final season, he had at the least 10 tackles. Campbell has been named preseason first-team All-American by Phil Steele and can also be on the LOTT Impression watch record coming into the 2022 season.

CB, North Carolina, Junior
Notable 2021 stat: 47 tackles (36 solo)
Final yr’s rating: 80

Grimes was imagined to nonetheless be in highschool when he first stepped onto the sector for North Carolina in 2020. After reclassifying through the COVID-19 pandemic that shut down highschool soccer in his dwelling state of Virginia, Grimes rapidly developed into one of many ACC’s most gifted corners as a real freshman. The 2021 season noticed some regression — no TDs allowed in 2020, 4 in 2021 — however he nonetheless held opposing QBs to lower than 50% completions whereas breaking apart 9 passes.

C, Minnesota, Senior
Notable 2021 stat: 1 stress allowed in 289 pass-block snaps
Final yr’s rating: NR

Schmitz began all 13 video games at heart for Minnesota final season. Schmitz and the remainder of the Golden Gophers’ offensive line helped enable the staff to common 25.5 factors per recreation. Schmitz is on each the preseason watch lists for the Lombardi Award and Rimington Award.

QB, Fresno State, Senior
Notable 2021 stats: 4,096 yards, 33 TDs
Final yr’s rating: NR

He torched UCLA for 455 passing yards in a September upset final yr, and he completed the yr with 4,096 yards and 33 touchdowns. He will get his prime two receivers again this yr, too. It may be one other massive yr for the Washington switch within the San Joaquin Valley.

CB, Penn State, Junior
Notable 2021 stats: 51 tackles (40 solo), 1 INT
Final yr’s rating: NR

Porter recorded 51 tackles (40 solo) with one compelled fumble and one interception on his method to incomes third staff All-Large Ten recognition honors for Penn State. He began 13 video games for the Nittany Lions as a sophomore. His profession excessive of 9 tackles got here throughout a nine-overtime loss to Illinois.



Joey Porter Jr. dives for INT vs. Indiana

OG, Texas A&M, Junior
Notable 2021 stat: 4 pressures allowed in 311 pass-block snaps
Final yr’s rating: NR

He earned second-team All-SEC honors final season and can lead an skilled group of inside linemen for the Aggies. Mel Kiper Jr. charges Robinson as the highest draft-eligible guard for 2023. The 6-4, 330-pound junior began all 10 video games he performed final fall. He is an elite run blocker who may assist the Aggie offense take the subsequent step.

WR, Iowa State, Senior
Notable 2021 stats: 987 yards, 5 TDs
Final yr’s rating: NR

Shedding Brock Purdy is not nothing, however Xavier Hutchinson will make the subsequent quarterback’s job simpler. Hutchinson had 987 yards and 5 touchdowns in 2021 on 83 receptions (of that are an Iowa State single-season document). With tight ends Charlie Kolar and Chase Allen gone, Hutchinson might need an opportunity to interrupt his personal document with extra targets presumably coming his approach.

QB, South Carolina, Junior
Notable 2021 stats: 1,493 yards, 11 TD in 9 video games
Final yr’s rating: 1

He could have gone from Heisman favourite to second-stringer at Oklahoma final yr, however his numbers are nonetheless top-notch: a 70% profession completion fee, 4,595 profession passing yards and 40 touchdowns to solely 12 interceptions. His ceiling stays immense as he enters the second act of his faculty soccer profession.

RB, Michigan, Junior
Notable 2021 stats: 952 yards, 11 TDs
Final yr’s rating: NR

As a sophomore final season, Corum ran for 952 yards and 11 touchdowns on 143 carries because the Wolverines received the college’s first Large Ten title since 2004 on the best way to the College Soccer Playoff. With Hassan Haskins gone, Corum is Michigan’s undisputed prime again.

OLB, Florida, Junior
Notable 2021 stats: 41 tackles (26 solo), 8.5 sacks
Final yr’s rating: 59

Change is all over the place you look in Gainesville, however Cox is a continuing. He mixed 8.5 sacks with 10 run stops at or behind the road in 2021, and he broke up 4 passes in protection, too. With Ventrell Miller getting back from harm, Cox may helm a dynamite LB corps.

G, USC, Senior
Notable 2021 stat: 5 pressures allowed in 499 pass-block snaps
Final yr’s rankings: NR

An Related Press third-team All-American final season, that is the sixth straight season Vorhees has entered with a task for the Trojans (he obtained a medical redshirt for the 2019 season). With 44 appearances, he is some of the skilled gamers in faculty soccer and can play a key position on the offensive line for USC.

LB, NC State, Junior
Notable 2021 stats: 99 tackles (48 solo), 6 sacks
Final yr’s rating: NR

Thomas has been a stalwart on the Wolfpack linebacker unit — one which gamers consider is the very best within the nation. Headed into his third yr as a starter, Thomas led the Wolfpack in tackles final season with 100 (rating No. 4 within the ACC) and was an All-ACC first-team alternative. He is a giant motive why NC State is anticipated to be probably the greatest defenses within the league in 2022.

DE, Pitt, Senior
Notable 2021 stat: 41 tackles (25 solo), 9 sacks
Final yr’s rating: NR

Coach Pat Narduzzi has recruited and developed robust defensive linemen at Pitt — Baldonado isn’t any exception. Final season, Baldonado had 42 tackles, 11.5 tackles for loss and 9 sacks (that ranked No. 3 within the ACC). Now contemplate that Baldonado solely performed one yr of highschool soccer in america, transferring to Florida in 2017 after taking part in three years in his native Italy. That makes his fast improvement extra spectacular.

RB, Utah, Junior
Notable 2021 stats: 1,108 yards, 21 TDs
Final yr’s rating: NR

A primary-team all-Pac-12 choice final yr after speeding for 1,108 yards with 21 touchdowns, Thomas figures to see an excellent greater position after backfield mate T.J. Pledger left for the NFL. No Energy 5 working again had extra speeding touchdowns than the 6-2, 238-pound Thomas.

WR/TE, Georgia, Sophomore
Notable 2020 stats: 35 receptions, 368 yards
Final yr’s rating: NR

As harmful as Brock Bowers is for opposing defenses, Gilbert is likely to be simply pretty much as good. In highschool, Gilbert turned the primary tight finish to win the Gatorade Nationwide Participant of the 12 months. As a freshman at LSU in 2020, he caught 35 passes for 368 yards with two touchdowns. He missed final season due to private causes.

CB, Michigan, Senior
Notable 2021 stats: 33 tackles (26 solo), 2 INT
Final yr’s rating: NR

Turner appeared in all 14 of Michigan’s video games in 2021 — beginning eight. He had 33 tackles to go together with 9 move breakups and a pair of interceptions throughout his junior yr. Turner, an All-Large Ten honorable point out choice, recorded a career-high 9 tackles within the Wolverines’ 42-27 victory over Ohio State.

RB, Ole Miss, Junior
Notable 2021 stats: 648 yards, 5 TDs
Final yr’s rating: NR

The blue-chipper from Houston managed simply 146 rushes and 18 receptions in two years at TCU earlier than transferring, however he gained 1,269 yards with 10 touchdowns in these 164 touches. If he can keep on the sector in Oxford, he may dominate in Lane Kiffin’s up-tempo offense.

DE, Ohio State, Senior
Notable 2021 stats: 33 tackles (22 solo), 3 sacks
Final yr’s rating: NR

Harrison had 33 tackles (22 solo) with eight TFLs and three sacks for Ohio State throughout his junior yr. With 33 video games performed and 14 begins, he is probably the most skilled participant on the line of defense for the Buckeyes. Harrison earned All-Large Ten second-team recognition final season.

QB, Purdue, Senior
Notable 2021 stats: 3,712 yards, 28 TDs
Final yr’s rating: NR

O’Connell began 9 video games at quarterback for Purdue in 2021. He guided Jeff Brohm’s staff to top-five upsets of each Iowa and Michigan State. O’Connell was named All-Large Ten second staff after throwing for 3,712 yards and 28 touchdowns as a fifth-year senior. He threw for at the least 300 yards six instances final season.



Aidan O’Connell airs it out to Milton Wright for a 53-yard Boilermaker landing.

OLB, Auburn, Senior
Notable 2021 stat: 54 tackles (33 solo), 9 sacks
Final yr’s rating: NR

Corridor recorded 54 tackles (33 solo) for Auburn as a junior in 2021. He began 13 video games and had 12.5 tackles-for-loss and 9 sacks, main the Tigers in each classes. Corridor was named All-SEC second staff by the coaches.

QB, Oklahoma State, Senior
Notable 2021 stats: 2,839 yards, 20 TDs
Final yr’s rating: NR

As Sanders goes, so go the Cowboys. He lit up Notre Dame within the Fiesta Bowl, throwing for 371 yards and 4 TDs to complete off a 37-35 comeback win after a Large 12 title recreation battle the place he threw 4 interceptions in a 21-16 loss (seven of his 12 INTs final yr have been vs. Baylor). Coming into his fourth yr because the starter, Sanders wants 9 wins to catch Mason Rudolph because the Cowboys’ all-time winningest QB.

LB, Wisconsin, Junior
Notable 2021 stats: 61 tackles (40 solo), 9 sacks
Final yr’s rating: NR

Herbig gathered 57 tackles (36 solo) with 14.5 tackles for loss as a sophomore. Herbig led Wisconsin with 9 sacks, which ranked fourth within the Large Ten. He began all 13 video games for the Badgers in 2021. He has been named a preseason first-team All-American by Phil Steele.

QB, Florida, Sophomore
Notable 2021 stats: 529 yards, 6 TDs in 7 video games
Final yr’s rating: NR

He is large (6-4, 252 kilos). He is acquired a giant arm (amongst his 38 completions final yr have been six over 30 yards), and he is ridiculously quick (rushes of 80 and 73 yards). He is acquired all of the instruments. Now we get to see if he can put all of them collectively.

LB, Cincinnati, Junior
Notable 2021 stats: 95 tackles (45 solo), 4 INT
Final yr’s rating: NR

At 6-2, 215 kilos, the junior combines all the very best points of each a nickel again and out of doors linebacker. He made 14 run stops at or behind the road, and when he dropped into protection, he picked off 4 passes and allowed simply six completions for 45 yards.

WR, Virginia, Junior
Notable 2021 stats: 1,203 yards, 9 TDs
Final yr’s rating: NR

Wicks was a big-play machine final season, catching 57 balls for 1,203 yards — a median of 21.1 yards per catch, good for fifth nationally. He was the primary participant since 2019 to catch 50 passes and common at the least 20 yards per reception, and Wicks completed the yr with 27 catches of 20 yards or extra — trailing solely Jordan Addison and Jaxon Smith-Njigba amongst Energy 5 receivers.



Dontayvion Wicks someway comes up with this catch after briefly catching the soccer between his legs.

OL, Alabama, Senior
Notable 2021 stat: 7 pressures allowed in 593 pass-block snaps
Final yr’s rating: NR

The senior from Indianapolis has allowed solely three sacks in two seasons because the Crimson Tide’s beginning proper guard. He additionally dominated each protection however Georgia’s in run blocking final yr. Now he is main the cost to get revenge on the Dawgs within the nationwide title race.

OL, Florida, Junior
Notable 2021 stat: 3 pressures allowed in 378 pass-block snaps
Final yr’s rating: 100

An under-the-radar recruit, Torrence (listed at 6-5 and 347 kilos) was a right away star for head coach Billy Napier at Louisiana. Now the previous Freshman All-American and All-Solar Belt star will play his commerce with Napier in Gainesville. He instantly turns into Florida’s most confirmed and high-upside lineman.

WR, Boston College, Senior
Notable 2021 stats: 746 yards, 5 TDs
Final yr’s rating: 83

Flowers made headlines within the offseason when he turned down profitable NIL provides from intermediaries to enter the NCAA switch portal, staying at Boston College for his senior season. With a wholesome Phil Jurkovec again at quarterback and a brand new offensive coordinator, the assumption is the Eagles will make the most of Flowers extra throughout the board and put him in place to make performs from a number of spots.

S, Clemson, Sophomore
Notable 2021 stat: 48 tackles (30 solo)
Final yr’s rating: NR

When Lannden Zanders went down in Clemson’s opener in opposition to Georgia final yr, Mukuba — a real freshman — was thrust right into a beginning job. He did not miss a beat. For the season, Mukuba held opposing QBs to lower than 50% completions, had seven move breakups, allowed simply three completions of 20 yards or extra and surrendered lower than half a yard per protection snap. In the meantime, he completed fourth on the staff with 48 tackles. His position in 2022 will get even greater, nonetheless, as he is the one established starter in Clemson’s new-look secondary.

WR, USC, Sophomore
Notable 2021 stats: 380 yards, 4 TDs
Final yr’s rating: NR

A part of the Oklahoma-to-USC convoy, Williams was named to’s true freshman All-American staff final season after catching 35 passes for 380 yards with 4 touchdowns for the Sooners. His data of the offense and relationship with QB Caleb Williams ought to lead to a giant season within the Pac-12.

Writeups by Andrea Adelson, Kyle Bonagura, Invoice Connelly, Chris Low, Harry Lyles Jr., Alex Scarborough, Mark Schlabach, Tom VanHaaren, Paolo Uggetti and Dave Wilson.