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2022 Heisman Trophy Rankings by B/R: The Hunt is Here

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    Blake Corum | AP Photo/Paul Sancya

    CJ Stroud remains the Heisman Trophy favorite, but the Ohio State star quarterback officially has company.

    Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker not only reaffirmed his candidacy in Saturday’s upset win over Alabama, but Michigan running back Blake Corum boosted his chances with another big day. Stroud was never officially a runaway leader, but a sizable gap is now much smaller.

    In short: the race is fun.

    Additionally, due to multiple losses – as we mentioned last week – the overall field is shrinking even more.

Stage 4: Possible candidates for voting

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    AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 15: Texas Longhorns quarterback Quinn Ewers (3) throws the ball during the game against the Iowa State Cyclones on October 15, 2022 at Darrell K Royal - Texas Memorial Stadium in Austin, TX.  (Photo by Adam Davis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

    Quinn Ewers | Adam Davis/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

    Grayson McCall, QB, Coastal Carolina: The loss to Old Dominion basically rules out McCall’s rise. Despite this, he has rushed for 2,086 total yards and notched 21 touchdowns with a single interception.

    JJ McCarthy, QB, Michigan: The best way to describe McCarthy’s production is “modest”. As the Wolverines ran all over Penn State, he threw 145 yards with a very unlucky interception and added 57 yards on the ground. McCarthy is not a big contender – especially compared to his teammate Corum – but cannot be eliminated.

    Quinn Ewers, QB, Texas: Someone who misses more than three games is not going to win the Heisman. But there’s no question that if he keeps producing and Texas keeps winning, a smaller group of voters will put Ewers on their ballots. Since returning from a shoulder injury, he has thrown for 461 yards and seven touchdowns with one interception.

    Michael Penix Jr., QB, Washington: The nation’s passing leader is Penix, who has registered 2,560 yards, 20 scores and four interceptions. He just set UW’s single-game record for 516 passing yards and scored his fourth four-pass touchdown game of the season in a win over Arizona.

    More to Know: Alabama Edge Will Anderson Jr., Kansas QB Jalon Daniels, Ohio State RB Miyan Williams, Ohio State WR Emeka Egbuka, Ohio State WR Marvin Harrison Jr., Oklahoma QB Dillon Gabriel, Pitt RB Israel Abanikanda, UCF QB John Rhys plumee

Stage 3: Stay around

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    WINSTON-SALEM, NC - SEPTEMBER 24: DJ Uiagalelei (5) of the Clemson Tigers aims to throw the ball during a football game between the Wake Forest Demon Deacons and the Clemson Tigers at Truist Field on September 24, 2022 in Winston-Salem , NC .  (Photo by David Jensen/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)

    DJ Uiagalelei | David Jensen/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images

    DJ Uiagalelei, QB, Clemson: Uiagalelelei’s Season of Redemption continued into Week 7. While the Tigers had a nice win in Florida State, he totaled 229 yards and four touchdowns. So far, Uiagalelei has 2,002 offensive yards and 21 totals for two interceptions. Clemson hosts No. 14 Syracuse in a crucial ACC showdown this weekend.

    Chase Brown, RB, Illinois: The veteran defender became the first FBS player to cross the 1,000-yard mark on the ground. As upstart Illini defeated Minnesota and improved to 6-1, Brown rushed for 180 yards and caught three passes for a season-high 53 yards on a touchdown.

    Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas: For the first time all season, Robinson didn’t get into the end zone on Saturday. Still, he put out a total of 171 hard-earned yards against a troublesome Iowa State defense. Robinson is one of only three FBS players with more than 1,000 yards from scrimmage. Texas travels to the 11th state of Oklahoma this weekend.

    Cameron Rising, QB, Utah: Rising secured a signature moment with his winning touchdown and two-point conversion to topple then-undefeated USC. He threw for 415 yards, rushed for 60 and scored five points overall. Utah (5-2) needs to avoid another loss but Rising is still on the radar.

    More to know: Georgia QB Stetson Bennett, Kansas State QB Adrian Martinez, Mississippi State QB Will Rogers, North Carolina QB Drake Maye, Wake Forest QB Sam Hartman

Stage 2: Need the Heisman moment

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    KNOXVILLE, TENNESSEE - OCTOBER 15: Running back Jahmyr Gibbs #1 of the Alabama Crimson Tide runs the ball with linebacker Juwan Mitchell #10 of the Tennessee Volunteers in pursuit during the second half at Neyland Stadium on October 15, 2022 in Knoxville, Tennessee.  Tennessee won the game 52-49.  (Photo by Donald Page/Getty Images)

    Jahmyr Gibbs (right) | Donald Page/Getty Images

    Jahmyr Gibbs, RB, Alabama: The past three weekends have got Gibbs talking. After a total of 226 yards and two points in Arkansas, he recorded 167 scrimmage yards against Texas A&M. Although the Crimson Tide lost to Tennessee, Gibbs rushed for 151 yards and three touchdowns. With 1,067 general purpose yards, it ranks fourth nationwide.

    Spencer Sanders, QB, State of Oklahoma: As a general guideline, a negative result should not ruin a player’s candidacy. The fall at TCU certainly hurt Sanders. Still, he contributed 313 yards and three touchdowns to the double loss in overtime. Sanders has 1,948 yards and has 21 points this year.

    Bo Nix, QB, Oregon: Nix and the Ducks had an idle weekend to prepare for a showdown with UCLA. He goes into the matchup with a respectable total of 1,857 yards and 20 touchdowns.

    Max Duggan, QB, TCU: Early on, it seemed like Sanders and OSU would end TCU’s undefeated year. However, TCU overcame a 17-point deficit behind another great performance from Duggan. He totaled 286 passing yards, 57 rushing yards and three points to stun OSU. Next is Kansas State, the only other undefeated team in the Big 12 games.

    Dorian Thompson-Robinson, QB, UCLA: Much like Nix, Thompson-Robinson spent the weekend preparing for the Oregon clash. DTR has generated 1,741 offensive yards and 19 touchdowns on two interceptions, and UCLA also has top-25 wins over Washington and Utah.

Stage 1: Ranking of favorites

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    Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker (5) looks for a receiver during the first half of an NCAA college football game against Alabama on Saturday, Oct. 15, 2022 in Knoxville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Wade Payne).

    Hendon Hooker | AP Photo/Wade Payne

    While subjective, the ranking is based on factors – individual performance, team success and key moments – that voters have traditionally used to determine the winner.

    5. Bryce Young, QB, Alabama: Young was returning from a shoulder injury and threw for 455 yards with two touchdowns in the Tennessee loss. Last season, Young bounced back from a midseason loss at Texas A&M to win the Heisman. I wouldn’t recommend dropping it much.

    4. Blake Corum, RB, Michigan: As the Wolverines rolled over Penn State, Corum enjoyed another tremendous day on the ground. He rushed for 166 yards and two touchdowns and added three receptions for 15 yards. Combined with his FBS-leading 13 rushing scores, Corum ranks second nationally with 901 rushing yards.

    3. Caleb Williams, QB, USC: When a quarterback accumulates 438 yards and five touchdowns in a loss, it stings. But that kind of performance certainly doesn’t remove a QB from the Heisman radar. Williams has totaled 2,206 yards and 22 touchdowns for an interception.

    2. Hendon Hooker, QB, Tennessee: How’s that for a Heisman moment? Hooker torched the Alabama defense for 385 yards and five touchdowns, and also threw two clutch passes to set up Chase McGrath’s winning field goal. Tennessee was on a 15-game losing streak against Alabama, and Hooker closed the gap on the Heisman leader.

    1. CJ Stroud, QB, Ohio State: Stroud and the Buckeyes had a Saturday to watch from home. Over the next two weekends, they play against a strong Iowa defense and 16th-ranked Penn State. Stroud is tied for the FBS lead on touchdown passes (24) and has an FBS best of 10.9 yards per attempt.

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