Jaxon Smith-Njigba, TreVeyon Henderson, C.J. Stroud named Big Ten preseason honorees

Colin Gay
The Columbus Dispatch

Three Ohio State players are heading into the 2022 Big Ten season with conference preseason honors. 

Quarterback C.J. Stroud, wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba and running back TreVeyon Henderson were each named to the Big Ten preseason honorees, along with Michigan running back Blake Corum and Michigan State wide receiver Jayden Reed as Big Ten East recipients. 

Iowa linebacker Jack Campbell, Northwestern offensive tackle Peter Skoronski, Purdue quarterback Aidan O'Connell, Wisconsin running back Braelon Allen and Wisconsin outside linebacker Nick Herbig were the Big Ten's recipients from the West division. 

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Stroud, who was named the Big Ten Graham-George Offensive Player of the Year, Thompson-Randle-El Freshman of the Year and Griese-Brees Quarterback of the Year last season, along with being a first-team All-Big Ten selection, was the only player that was a unanimous selection. 

Stroud, Henderson and Smith-Njigba are each members of the Maxwell Award preseason watch list.

Stroud is also a member of the Davey O'Brien preseason watch list for the top quarterback in college football, while Henderson was named to the Doak Walker Award preseason watch list and Smith-Njigba was named to the Biletnikoff Award preseason watch list. 

Stroud finished fourth in Heisman Trophy voting last season, recording 4,435 passing yards and 44 touchdowns. 

Henderson broke Ohio State's freshman touchdown record with 19 scores, recording 1,560 yards from scrimmage and averaging 7.4 yards per play. 

Smith-Njigba led the team with 1,606 receiving yards on 95 catches, scoring nine touchdowns, including three against Utah in the Rose Bowl. 

Ohio State opens the season at home against Notre Dame Sept. 3. 

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