5 Desmonds Front Runner
4 Desmonds Headed for New York
3 Desmonds Might Get To New York
2 Desmonds In The Conversation
1 Desmond Long Shot
1. QB Bryce Young (Alabama)
Young is still the clear frontrunner after the Tide rolled past FCS Mercer. The numbers were solid: 19 of 27, 227 yards and 3 TDs. The kid has been all but flawless so far, but a trip to the Swamp this week is just the kind of place a freshman can struggle.
2. QB Spencer Rattler (Oklahoma)
Rattler bounced back nicely against FCS Western Carolina with 5 touchdowns in a 78-0 @ss whoopin. Just the kind of game to help people forget that just last week the Sooners almost lost. Still the clear #2 at this point. Playing Nebraska provides a big stage and a big name with a bad defense to pile up some numbers.
3. QB Sam Howell (North Carolina)
Howell also distanced himself from last week with a huge 450+, 5 touchdown performance against an outgunned Georgia Southern team. The schedule gets brutal in a month or so, but he’s got a number of games the Tar Heels will be heavily favored in to pill up some numbers and wins. Harder for Howell to erase last week… unlike Oklahoma, the Tar Heels lost, and Howell played poorly.
4. QB Matt Corral (Ole Miss)
Corral is quietly creeping up this list. Two blow out wins, 7 overall TDs, no picks, pushing 700 yards passing and 100 rushing. Tulsa this week, and that game is going to be a fireworks display. He may put up some monstrous numbers. Then ‘Bama. Corral is one of the few guys in this race who controls his own fate… the schedule is hell, but if he shines.. and some of the top dogs fall… which, all being 18 d@mn years old could easily happen… he’s still a legit contender.
5. QB CJ Stroud (Ohio State)
Losing at home to Oregon may be the best thing that could happen to Stroud’s Heisman chances. Let’s be honest, an Ohio State QB is going to win the Heisman if there’s any way they can. It wasn’t a good loss, but the kid put up d@mn near 500 yards. There are 4 bad teams in a row for the Buckeyes… it’s likely they spend the next month putting up huge numbers. And now, after losing to Oregon, if he kills it from here on out he’s a redemption story.
6. WR Chris Olave (Ohio State)
We came into 2021 saying Olave is the best receiver in the country. Nothing has changed. Olave is becoming Stroud’s security blanket, which could lead to some huge numbers. He would need a whole string of Heisman moments to pass up all of the QBs, but if there’s one WR who might it’s this guy.
7. QB JT Daniels (Georgia)
5 TDs in 12 passes is hard to argue with. Daniels is still a longshot, but like Stroud, he has a couple of games against softies to pile up some numbers. Then, as with the other SEC QBs, he gets all the opportunity he needs to shine in conference. The trophy could be decided with the SEC if the Bulldogs and Tide stay on their collision course.
8. QB Jaren Hall (BYU)
Jaren Hall is quietly putting on a show… he’s one upset win over Arizona State away from making Cougars fans say “Zach who?”
9. QB Kedon Slovis (USC)
Slovis isn’t completely out of the Heisman race, but he’s hanging by a thread. He was terrible in the Trojans shocking loss to Stanford. The only reason he still has a shot is the fact that there are a number of games left against big name schools. At this point, however, he would have to steal the show in all of them.
10. QB Grayson McCall (Coastal Carolina)
Coastal could very well destroy everyone on their schedule, but the only shot McCall would have is if he put up stupid numbers while they were. And he isn’t. He’ll be part of the conversation for a few more weeks.
11. RB Bijan Robinson (Texas)
Robinson took a hit against Arkansas. 69 yards and a TD, one catch for 4 yards… Not exactly Heisman numbers. He’s the leading RB out there, but even he won’t stay here if he’s that unimpressive again.