Heisman Watch and National Players of the Week – Week 11
C.J. Stroud, Ohio State, Quarterback, Junior.
Stroud was 17 of 28 for 305 total yards and five touchdowns. On the season he is 186 of 277 for 2,750 yards and 34 touchdowns. It seems like not only are Ohio State and Michigan on a collision course for a game between undefeated teams but it’s looking to be a game that decides the Heisman trophy as well. Whichever star carries his team to a win will be the heavy favorite for the Heisman.
Blake Corum, Michigan, Running Back, Junior.
Corum had 28 carries for 162 yards and a touchdown. For the year he has 227 carries for 1,349 yards and 18 total touchdowns. With no less than three games left, Corum could very well get to 2,000 yards and 20 touchdowns before the season is over. This will almost certainly be his final season and The Game will give him a chance to make it Heisman-worthy.
Caleb Williams, USC, Quarterback, Sophomore.
Williams was 14 of 26 for 268 yards and had five total touchdowns. On the season Williams is 218 of 342 for 3,010 yards and 31 touchdowns in the air with 80 carries for 283 yards and six touchdowns. Williams will be right on the heels of Corum and Stroud as long as SC keeps winning with big games against UCLA, Notre Dame, and Oregon or Utah to close the season.
Drake Maye, North Carolina, Quarterback, Freshman.
Maye was 31 of 49 for 448 yards and three touchdowns passing with 19 carries for 71 yards and a touchdown rushing. On the year he is 253 of 361 for 3,412 and 34 in the air with 133 carries for 584 yards and five touchdowns rushing. Drake Maye’s numbers are speaking volumes but he needs a big win against Clemson in the ACC Championship to have a legitimate shot at a true freshman Heisman win.
Stetson Bennett, Georgia, Quarterback, Senior.
Bennett was 25 of 37 for 289 yards and four total touchdowns. Bennett is 223 of 329 for 2,895 yards and 21 total touchdowns. Bennett is still here because Georgia is still number one. If he has a game with less than four touchdowns between now and the end of the season his hopes for the Heisman will be gone, but something tells me he’d rather go back-to-back with national titles anyway.
In the Race:
Max Duggan, TCU, Quarterback, Senior.
Duggan had a rough game going 19 of 29 for 124 yards and one touchdown and had 10 carries for -41 yards due to five sacks. The good news for Duggan is the Horned Frogs won and stayed undefeated to keep his hopes alive for now. On the year he is 180 of 273 for 2,531 yards and 25 touchdowns passing with 86 carries for 241 yards and four touchdowns rushing. Duggan is like Bennett, another average game, even if they keep winning will sink his chances.
Bo Nix, Oregon, Quarterback, Senior.
Nix was 19 of 27 for 280 yards and two touchdowns passing and had nine carries for 59 yards and a touchdown. It wasn’t Nix’s fault the Ducks fell to the Huskies, but it did likely kill his Heisman chances. Nix is 219 of 300 for 2,775 yards and 24 touchdowns in the air with 78 carries for 516 yards and 14 touchdowns on the ground. Even with gaudy numbers like these, it’s unlikely enough guys in front of him will stumble to get him to the front of the race.
- Bijan Robinson, Texas, Running Back, Junior. Robinson had only 29 yards on 12 carries. This was his first game of the year without having over 100 total yards. On the season he has 204 carries for 1,158 yards and 12 touchdowns rushing with 19 carries for 314 yards and two touchdowns receiving. Still having a great year and is one of the best backs in America, but not a Heisman-winning one.
- Hendon Hooker, Tennessee, Quarterback, Senior. Hooker was 25 of 35 for 355 yards and three touchdowns passing with eight carries for 50 yards and a touchdown rushing. On the season Hooker is 204 of 287 for 2,888 yards and 24 touchdowns in the air with 99 carries for 405 yards and five touchdowns on the ground. So with these kinds of stats why is Hooker out? The simple reason is that he only has South Carolina and Vanderbilt to play before Selection Sunday and won’t get to play in the SEC Championship. Harsh, but the way it is.
- Dorian Thompson-Robinson, UCLA, Quarterback, Senior. DTR’s Heisman hopes were destroyed in the UCLA loss to Arizona. Thompson-Robinson was 26 of 39 for 245 yards and a touchdown. On the year he is 206 of 290 for 2,385 yards and 20 touchdowns passing and 84 carries for 463 yards and seven touchdowns rushing. That’s not going to be enough in enough big-time games to win the Heisman.
National Players of the Week
National Player of the Week:
Bert Emanuel Jr., Central Michigan, Quarterback, Freshman.
BERT EMANUEL JR. 🚨
He somehow stays up and takes it 87 yards to tie the game! pic.twitter.com/H29PtSvZN4
— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) November 10, 2022
Bert Emanuel did it the old-school quarterback way by running the football. Passing he was only one of three for 22 yards but rushing he had 24 carries for 294 yards and three touchdowns, including a long of 87 for a touchdown in which he refused to go down. CMU won 31-27.
National Offensive Player of the Week:
Michael Penix, Washington, Quarterback, Junior.
Penix was 26 of 35 for 408 yards and two touchdowns. On the season he is 286 of 426 for 3,640 yards and 27 total touchdowns. If the Huskies keep winning and Penix keeps producing like this he may find himself on the Heisman Watch, particularly if the Huskies win the Pac-12 crown, though them getting to that championship game is quite the long shot.
National Defensive Player of the Week:
Kamren Kinchens, Miami, Safety, Sophomore.
Kitchens had a mind boggling game. He had eight tackles, a pass deflected, and 0.5 tackles for a loss and three interceptions, one of which he returned 99 yards for a touchdown.
National Special Teams Player of the Week:
Jadon Thompson, Cincinnati, Wide Receiver, Junior.
100-YARD KICK RETURN TD IN CINCINNATI 😯
Sauce Gardner loved it 👀 pic.twitter.com/T5RTMl12IE
— ESPN College Football (@ESPNCFB) November 12, 2022
Thompson had 157 total yards, including 146 on kick returns, capped off by a 100-yard return that ended up being a huge difference in a two-point win for the Bearcats.
Honorable Mention of the Week:
Harold Perkins, LSU, Linebacker, Freshman.
Perkins had eight tackles, four sacks, four tackles for a loss, a quarterback hurry, and a pass defended in LSU’s 13-10 win over Arkansas. The Tigers needed every big play he could give them to win the Golden Boot.
John Rhys-Plumlee, UCF, Quarterback, Senior.
Rhys-Plumlee was 17 of 30 for 132 yards and a touchdown through the air but did most of his damage on the ground with 18 carries for 176 yards and two touchdowns. His performance has UCF in the driver’s seat for a New Year’s Six Bowl.
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0. Heisman Watch and National Players of the Week – Week 0
1. Heisman Watch and National Players of the Week – Week 1
2. Heisman Watch and National Players of the Week – Week 2
3. Heisman Watch and National Players of the Week – Week 3
4. Heisman Watch and National Players of the Week – Week 4
5. Heisman Watch and National Players of the Week – Week 5
6. Heisman Watch and National Players of the Week – Week 6
7. Heisman Watch and National Players of the Week – Week 7
8. Heisman Watch and National Players of the Week – Week 8
9. Heisman Watch and National Players of the Week – Week 9
10. Heisman Watch and National Players of the Week – Week 10
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