After the 2017 college football season featured several prominent Big Ten teams, the future looks bright for the conference. This includes the individual talent in the Big Ten, as its football programs boast some of the best players in the nation.
CBS ranked the top 25 returning players for the 2018 college football season, and the Big Ten was well represented on the list. Penn State’s Trace McSorley, Ohio State’s Nick Bosa and Wisconsin’s Jonathan Taylor each made the list.
McSorley was the highest ranked Big Ten player, as he came in at No. 4 on the list. The Penn State quarterback has proven himself to be one of the most clutch quarterbacks in the country, and he goes into 2018 as an early Heisman candidate.
In 13 games in 2017, McSorley completed 66.5 percent of his passes for 3,570 yards and 28 touchdowns against 10 interceptions. Additionally, McSorley can get it done with his legs, as he rushed for 491 yards and 11 touchdowns this past season.
Bosa established himself as one of the top edge rushers in the nation in 2017, which earned him the No. 9 spot on the list. While Bosa had the luxury of playing on one of the top defensive lines in the country, he still found a way to stand out above the rest as he had 65 total pressures in 2017.
In 14 games with the Buckeyes this past season, Bosa made 34 total tackles (19 solo) and 16 tackles for loss. Bosa also recorded 8.5 sacks and forced 1 fumble. The Ohio State defensive end will continue to make life hard for opposing quarterbacks in 2018.
The last Big Ten player to make the list was Taylor, who was ranked No. 16. Taylor broke on the scene in 2017, as he became not only one of the best young players in the Big Ten, but one of the best running backs in the country.
In 14 games for the Badgers, Taylor rushed for 1,977 yards and 13 touchdowns on 299 carries. Based off his first season at the college level, don’t plan on Taylor showing any signs of slowing down in 2018.
Stanford running back Bryce Love topped the list, while Clemson defensive lineman Christian Wilkins and Houston defensive lineman Ed Oliver were ranked No. 2 and No. 3, respectively.