The 2022 Heisman Trophy race continues to heat up, with a bunch of potential candidates that can make a run in November.
1. Hendon Hooker | Tennessee QB | Senior (RS) | Last week: 2 (+1)
Hendon Hooker totaled four more touchdowns while Tennessee breezed past Kentucky, and he’s arguably the clear (yet close) frontrunner for the Heisman ahead of this Saturday against Georgia. If Hooker has another outstanding game in a highly anticipated SEC contest—and especially if the Vols pull off the road upset—his candidacy might take off.
71.2% | 2,338 PASS YDS | 21 PASS TD | 1 INT
73 CAR | 338 RUSH YDS | 4 RUSH TD | 4.6 AVG
2. C.J. Stroud | Ohio State QB | Sophomore (RS) | Last week: 1 (-1)
While Stroud threw for 354 yards and a touchdown against Penn State, the star quarterback and the Ohio State passing game is still just a touch off from where they want to be—which says a lot considering the passing yardage Stroud is putting up. Stroud should again hit the 30-mark touchdown this season when the Buckeyes face Northwestern on Saturday.
71.3% | 2,377 PASS YDS | 29 PASS TD | 4 INT
3. Bryce Young | Alabama QB | Junior | Last week: 3
Bryce Young had off, but he’s steady at No. 3 in this week’s Heisman rankings. Young and Alabama have a tough game coming up at LSU this weekend.
66.1% | 1,906 PASS YDS | 18 PASS TD | 3 INT
26 CAR | 137 RUSH YDS | 3 RUSH TD | 5.3 AVG
4. Bo Nix | Oregon QB | Senior | Last week: NR
Bo Nix has 11 total touchdowns (eight passing, three rushing) over the past two games, and he’s quietly working his way near the top of the Heisman watch. Nix has led Oregon to a 7-1 start, with the lone loss coming in a very difficult environment in his first game for the program facing Georgia. I was tempted to insert Nix all the way up to No. 2, and if he keeps playing the way he has been, he’ll keep rising.
72.3% | 2,221 PASS YDS | 20 PASS TD | 5 INT
60 CAR | 441 RUSH YDS | 11 RUSH TD | 7.4 AVG
5. Israel Abanikanda | Pittsburgh RB | Junior | Last week: 5
Pitt lost again to drop to 4-4, but Israel Abanikanda ran for 127 yards and three touchdowns helping his team build a lead that was eventually relinquished with 21 points in the fourth quarter by North Carolina. The junior running back leads the nation in touchdown runs (16) and is third in rushing yards (1,086). There are other worthy candidates for the top five, but Abanikanda remains at No. 5.
183 CAR | 1,086 RUSH YDS | 16 RUSH TD | 5.9 AVG
7 REC | 109 REC YDS | 1 REC TD | 15.6 AVG
Texas RB Bijan Robinson