Heisman Watch: Week 12

Story posted November 18, 2021 in CommRadio, Sports by Logan Bourandas

It was another strong week for some of the top Heisman contenders.

We are starting to have a group of players separating themselves from the rest of the pack as it continues to become clear who the finalists might be.

Let’s take a look at how some of the top players in the country performed this past week.

Bryce Young, QB, Alabama

The Crimson Tide quarterback has continued to have a great first season as a starter and showed his talent once again in a win over New Mexico State.

During the 59-3 win, Young had arguably his best game of the season as he completed all but two of his passes while throwing for 270 yards and a staggering five touchdowns.

Young was taken out towards the end of the game as the Crimson Tide had built such a big lead, but the quarterback has played some of his best football during Alabama’s four game winning streak.

This was the first of those four games where Young didn’t throw for over 300 yards, but his accuracy was on full display as he now has 3,025 passing yards and 33 touchdowns on the season.

Kenneth Walker III, RB, Michigan State

Walker has gone on an absolute tear over these past three weeks as the Michigan State running back has surpassed one hundred yards rushing in all three games.

In the Spartans recent 40-21 win over Maryland, Walker rushed for 143 yards and two touchdowns as he accumulated more yards than the entire Terrapins rushing attack.

Walker has played a major role in the Spartans' surprise bounce back season as they are currently 9-1 on the year and ranked No. 7 in the College Football Playoff poll.

On the season, Walker has 1,473 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns as he continues to keep pace in the Heisman race with the nation's top quarterbacks.

C.J Stroud, QB, Ohio State

Speaking of the nation's top quarterbacks, let’s talk about another one as we stay in the Big Ten conference.

Stroud has the Buckeyes rolling as of late, as they have won their last eight games following a loss to Oregon earlier in the season.

That impressive play continued during the Buckeyes’ recent win against No. 19 Purdue, by a final score of 59-31. Stroud threw for 361 yards and five touchdowns.

Stroud ranks just outside of the top-10 in passing yards with 3,036, while also throwing for 30 touchdowns on a Buckeyes team ranked No. 4 in the College Football Playoff poll.

Logan Bourandas is a third-year majoring in broadcast journalism. To contact him, email lxb5412@psu.edu.