C.J. Stroud, Caleb Williams spotlight Joel Klatt's Heisman Tiers

Published:Mar 8, 202422:58
C.J. Stroud, Caleb Williams spotlight Joel Klatt's Heisman Tiers

Welcome to the "12 months of the Quarterback."

Any soccer historian will let you know that the 1983 NFL Draft was the true "12 months of the Quarterback," as six school signal-callers — highlighted by John Elway, Jim Kelly and Dan Marino — have been chosen within the first spherical following spectacular showings within the 1982 school soccer season.

Quick-forward 40 years, and we could possibly be one other loaded class of quarterbacks, led by a pair of gamers who've been known as "generational skills."

Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud and Alabama's Bryce Younger are among the many favorites to take house this 12 months’s Heisman Trophy award, however in accordance with FOX Sports activities school soccer analyst Joel Klatt, there are many different names enjoying themselves into the dialog.

Klatt broke down his high 13 candidates for the game's most prestigious particular person award, separating them into three tiers on the newest episode of "The Joel Klatt Show."

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Ohio State QB C.J. Stroud

2022 stats: 1,376 passing yards, 18 passing touchdowns, two interceptions.

What Klatt mentioned: "This one is a no brainer. This man is the cream of the crop proper now. He’s one of the best quarterback proper now within the nation and that’s one of the best offense within the nation. He can be there so long as they proceed to play this manner, which they are going to.

"He has needed to cope with the truth that the operating again we felt like was going to get the majority to the carries has not — TreVeyon Henderson — and he hasn’t had his greatest offensive weapon, Jaxon Smith-Njigba. So he’s doing this, placing himself proper on the high of this race, even with out his greatest skill-position participant."

Alabama QB Bryce Younger

2022 stats: 1,202 passing yards, 14 passing touchdowns, three interceptions, 154 speeding yards, three speeding touchdowns. 

What Klatt mentioned: "This can be a no-brainer. He’s the defending Heisman Trophy winner, though now we name into query what his standing goes to be transferring ahead. He can play by way of this harm. He can be again on the sector and nonetheless be very efficient. 

"Bryce Younger gained the Heisman Trophy largely because of the truth he had unimaginable numbers final 12 months. And the arduous half in making an attempt to defend that or win it in back-to-back years is that a variety of voters are going to carry him to that customary, not simply no matter customary is in entrance of him together with his friends this season. I don’t assume that’s the right solution to vote or take a look at it, however I'm at the least acknowledging the fact that’s probably how voters will take a look at Bryce Younger.

"He will have to get wholesome, after which he will have to have some monster video games all through the center of this schedule. This can be a man that’s going to be there till the tip."

USC QB Caleb Williams

2022 stats: 1,402 passing yards, 12 passing touchdowns, one interception, 144 speeding yards, three speeding touchdowns.

What Klatt mentioned: "I’m sorry OU followers, however hear, that is the secret. Caleb Williams is clearly enjoying himself into the Heisman dialog, and he’s on Tier 1. I believe to not acknowledge that's simply being a hater. It’s fairly clear that and not using a nice protection, your complete present is that offense for the Trojans, and he's the set off man.

"I believe that is the kind of man that might have the levels in entrance of him, whether or not it is Utah, UCLA, the Pac-12 championship recreation. There are a variety of voters which can be going to begin Caleb Williams and be like ‘Man, you're a distinction maker.' That is fairly clear, judging by the place they got here from a 12 months in the past and the place they're at this 12 months."

Who leads the Heisman Trophy Race?

Who leads the Heisman Trophy Race?

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Michigan RB Blake Corum

2022 stats: 611 speeding yards, 10 speeding touchdowns, 4 catches, 20 yards.

What Klatt mentioned: "Two weeks in the past, towards Maryland, he needed to be absolutely the bell cow for Michigan. They don’t like doing that, by the way in which. Maryland … they have been going to be a really robust out that day within the Large Home until Blake Corum was going to play nice, and he did.

"Then they go to Iowa, the No. 1 scoring protection within the nation, that is Iowa’s protection that's clearly one of many higher defenses within the nation, and this man put up 29 carries for over 100 yards. 

So in back-to-back weeks, he is gone 59 carries for 376 yards. That’s sensational stuff of us. He’s acquired all of the levels in entrance of him to get himself into that dialog."

Kansas QB Jalon Daniels

2022 stats: 983 passing yards, 11 touchdowns, one interception, 329 speeding yards, 5 speeding touchdowns.

What Klatt mentioned: "That is my favourite story in school soccer. Jalon Daniels has been excellent for Kansas. He's the explanation why they're an undefeated workforce internet hosting Recreation Day. This snapshot this week for the Jayhawks is about the truth that Jalon Daniels has been so good. It isn't simply his capacity to throw the ball, it is his capacity as a runner as effectively. He is speeding it for over seven yards per carry and has had 5 touchdowns.

"Jalon Daniels may not want his workforce to be nice on the high finish as a result of the story of Kansas is resonating wildly in school soccer, and rightfully so. It'd simply be the place he wants to steer his workforce to an eight or nine-win season so as to go to New York, and that may be an enormous deal for Kansas. 

"I don’t assume it is as vital for his workforce that he has these huge levels. It isn't as vital that his workforce performs for a championship or a playoff spot as a result of they're 5-0 due to this child. They have been on the backside of the barrel and have risen to the purpose the place they're enjoying significant video games in October due to Jalon Daniels."

Tennessee QB Hendon Hooker

2022 stats: 1,193 passing yards, eight passing landing, zero interceptions, 175 speeding yards, three speeding touchdowns.

What Klatt mentioned: "I simply assume he is performed excellent soccer. I believe that Tennessee, sadly, is a little bit of idiot's gold. I don’t assume they're going to get by way of this stretch. This isn't the 12 months that they're going to make a run, partially due to their schedule. However that does not imply you don’t acknowledge what Hendon Hooker has completed up thus far."

Kansas State QB Adrian Martinez

2022 stats: 654 passing yards, three touchdowns, 469 speeding yards, 9 speeding touchdowns.

What Klatt mentioned: "That is the one which’s gonna increase some eyebrows, however he has performed unbelievable prior to now couple of weeks. That efficiency towards Oklahoma was transcendent.

"I additionally assume that that is an incredible comeback story. From what he was at Nebraska, the way in which that ended below Scott Frost and that fan base, to point out up at Kansas State, clearly be gun-shy early within the season and never enjoying his greatest, after which to point out up the way in which he did towards Oklahoma on the highway. That’s excellent stuff, and I like it. He has come alive."

Adrian Martinez fakes the handoff and runs for a TD

Adrian Martinez fakes the handoff and runs for a TD

Kansas State QB Adrian Martinez fakes the handoff and rushes for a 6-yard landing towards Oklahoma.


Clemson QB DJ Uiagalelei

2022 stats: 1,242 passing yards, 11 passing touchdowns, one interception, 242 speeding yards, three speeding touchdowns. 

What Klatt mentioned: "I believed he is been nice over the previous couple of weeks. The issue is that they don’t have a variety of marquee video games from this level on in a weak ACC."

UCLA QB Dorian Thompson-Robinson

2022 stats: 1,211 passing yards, 11 passing touchdowns, one interception, 223 speeding yards, three speeding touchdowns.

What Klatt mentioned: "How about the way in which he performed towards Washington? Now, he’s acquired a stage towards Utah this week. This UCLA workforce is undefeated and DTR is enjoying very well. He’s acquired an opportunity."

Alabama RB Jahmyr Gibbs

2022 stats: 378 speeding yards, two speeding touchdowns, 207 receiving yards, three receiving touchdowns.

What Klatt mentioned: "With out Bryce Younger on the market this week and perhaps in coming weeks, they are going to run the crap out of the ball. You actually learn Nick Saban's lips when he was screaming. I believe Jahmyr Gibbs goes to have a pair monster weeks developing, and he can play himself into this dialog.

Oklahoma State QB Spencer Sanders

2022 stats: 1,097 passing yards, 11 passing touchdowns, two interceptions, 185 speeding yards, 4 speeding touchdowns. 

What Klatt mentioned: "Is anyone mentioning Oklahoma State? They're actually good. They're simply hanging out within the high 10, and nobody is noticing. He (Sanders) is enjoying actually good soccer, and they are going to be there ultimately."

Spencer Sanders finds Bryson Inexperienced for the TD

Spencer Sanders finds Bryson Green for the TD

Oklahoma State QB Spencer Sanders linked with Bryson Inexperienced on a wonderful 7-yard landing go. 

Georgia TE Brock Bowers

2022 stats: 20 receptions, 342 receiving yards, two receiving touchdowns, 82 speeding yards, three speeding touchdowns.

What Klatt mentioned: "If he continues to have performances like he is had, he'll play himself into the dialog."

TCU QB Max Duggan

2022 stats: 997 passing yards, 11 passing touchdowns, 149 speeding yards, two speeding touchdowns. 

What Klatt mentioned: "They have been incredible towards Oklahoma final week at house, and now they have the stage towards Kansas in an undefeated matchup in Lawrence."

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