Big Ten football’s top five leaders return for 2022

The NFL Draft is in the books and the annual spring games have come to an end in the Big Ten and it’s time to start diving into who to watch and what to expect in the 2022 season. We’ve already dipped into the top five rushers, passers, receivers, overall scorers and kick return leaders in the Big Ten, but in addition to the top five scorers, I thought it would be even more interesting to see who the top five are first return touchdown scorers are.

The top scorers overall are usually kickers, but obviously the top touchdown scorers give a better idea of ​​who are the best forwards to watch next season.

Let’s go.


TreVeyon Henderson, Ohio State

Ohio State Buckeyes running back TreVeyon Henderson (32) is tackled by Penn State Nittany Lions linebacker Jesse Luketa (40) during Saturday’s NCAA Division I football game at Ohio Stadium. Ohio at Columbus on October 30, 2021. Credit: USA TODAY Sports Network

The TreVeyon Henderson hype train is steaming along and for good reason as Henderson finished second in the Big Ten last season with 19 touchdowns.


Jayden Reed, Michigan State

Michigan State wide receiver Jayden Reed is defended by defensive back Marqui Lowery during spring training Saturday, April 16, 2022 at Spartan Stadium. Credit: USA TODAY Sports Network

Jayden Reed has been on a number of these lists and with the departure of Kenneth Walker, Reed could rise even higher due to being the number one option on this offense. Reed finished seventh in the Big Ten with 13 touchdowns last season.


Blake Corum, Michigan

Blake Corum heads the ball during Michigan’s spring game on April 2, 2022 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor. Credit: USA TODAY Sports Network

Blake Corum finished last season ninth in the Big Ten with 12 touchdowns and with Hassan Haskins gone, Corum should be in line to receive even more touchdowns.


Braelon Allen, Wisconsin

Wisconsin Badgers running back Braelon Allen (0) performs drills during University of Wisconsin spring football training at Camp Randall Stadium in Madison on Thursday, March 31, 2022. Credit: USA TODAY Sports Network

Braelon Allen exploded onto the scene last season and finished tenth in the Big Ten in touchdowns with 12 touchdowns. Wisconsin has a new stud in the backfield and I’m excited for what Allen can do in 2022.


Jaxon Smith-Njigba, Ohio State

Ohio State Buckeyes wide receiver Jaxon Smith-Njigba (11) drives past Michigan Wolverines linebacker David Ojabo (55) after a catch during the second quarter of their NCAA college football game at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Mi on November 27, 2021. Credit: Sports Network USA TODAY

It shouldn’t be shocking to see two Buckeyes on this list, but it does show just how powerful this Ohio State offense is. Jaxon Smith-Njigba finished last season ranked 11th in the Big Ten with 9 touchdowns.

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