With week one of the 2022 football season in the books, we’ve finally seen the names on the Heisman Watchlist live in action. Buzz about who will receive the Heisman starts in the off-season, but as each week progresses, we get a better look at who will be the next trophy holder.
Anthony Richardson: University of Florida
It’s safe to say that Gators quarterback Anthony Richardson put on an electric performance on Saturday in the nailbiter 29-26 upset win over No. 7 Utah. Making his first career home start in his hometown of Gainesville, Florida, Richardson finished 17-of-24 passing for 168 yards. He added 106 yards rushing and a career-high three touchdowns on the ground, including the game-winner.
The Gators are now ranked No. 12 and host the No. 20 Kentucky Wildcats Saturday night.
Stetson Bennett: University of Georgia
The defending champions picked up where they left off against Oregon on Saturday. The Dawgs annihilated the Ducks 49-3. Bennett led the team as he completed 25-of-31 passes for 368 yards with three touchdowns and recorded another on the ground.
Next, Stetson and the Bulldogs host Samford Saturday afternoon.
Caleb Williams: USC
Williams emerged as a Heisman contender mid-season last year when he was with the Oklahoma Sooners. After transferring to Southern California, there were questions about how the offense would look but a dominating 66-14 win over Rice eased those questions.
Williams had an impressive performance, going 19-for-22 with 249 yards passing and three touchdowns.
No. 10 USC will take on the Stanford Cardinal Saturday night.
C.J. Stroud: Ohio State University
The Ohio State vs. Notre Dame matchup brought in over 10 million viewers over the weekend. According to ESPN, it was the most-watched regular season game on its network since 2017, and the second-largest audience for a week one Saturday game on record.
The Irish were able to stay with the Buckeyes for most of three quarters, but the Buckeyes pulled through for a 21-10 victory.
Junior quarterback C.J. Stroud finds himself falling behind Bryce Young in the Heisman race as his numbers from the game rank among the least productive starts of his career.
Stroud went 24-for-34 for 223 yards and two touchdowns but averaged a career-low 6.6 yards per attempt.
The No.3 Buckeyes will host the Arkansas State Red Wolves on Saturday.
Bryce Young: University of Alabama
As the reigning Heisman winner, it’s no surprise that he’s back on the radar this season. In the 55-0 shutout against the Utah Aggies, Young had a career-high 100 rushing yards and one score, while throwing for an additional 195 yards with five touchdowns.
The No. 1 team in the country travels to Austin, Texas, on Saturday to face the Longhorns.
There is definitely tons of talent at the quarterback position this season. The Heisman race will only continue to get better as the season goes on.