Heisman Watch: Week 4

Story posted October 1, 2021 in CommRadio, Sports by Nolan Wick

Bryce Young, Quarterback, Alabama

Sophomore quarterback Bryce Young is having a solid season with the Crimson Tide so far.

With a 188.45 rating, Young has thrown for 1,124 yards, 15 touchdowns and only one interception. Young has a completion percentage of 72.1%.

Young and the Crimson Tide have been dominant this season despite almost being upset at then-No. 11 Florida two weeks ago.

They face another difficult opponent this weekend, however, as Matt Corral and the Ole Miss Rebels face the Crimson Tide in Tuscaloosa.

It will be a big matchup between two red-hot quarterbacks and two potential playoff teams.

Matt Corral, Quarterback, Ole Miss

Although he trails the Young in many categories, Corral is having another impressive season so far.

The junior from Ventura, California has thrown for 997 yards, nine touchdowns and not a single interception so far. Corral owns a 186.9 quarterback rating.

As mentioned before, Corral and the Rebels face an uphill battle this week at Alabama. The outcome will have a huge impact on the heisman race and playoff implications.

If the Rebels are to upset the Crimson Tide, it would be a statement victory from a team that is off to a hot start.

Will Rogers, Quarterback, Mississippi State

Will Rogers is arguably the best quarterback in the SEC.

Rogers leads the conference in passing yards with 1,454, while throwing for 11 touchdowns and has a 75.11 completion percentage with only two interceptions. Rogers has been nothing but stellar this year.

The only reason one might hesitate when mentioning Rogers as a possible Heisman candidate is because Mississippi State lost to Memphis and LSU, and barely beat Louisiana Tech.

The Bulldogs travel to No. 15 Texas A&M, in a game that should be challenging for Rogers and Mississippi State.

Taulia Tagovailoa, Quarterback, Maryland

The Taulia Tagovailoa experience is going quite well in College Park.

Tagovailoa leads the Big Ten with 1,340 passing yards and 10 touchdowns and has completed 75.5% of his passes, while only throwing one interception.

It looks like Maryland may finally have the quarterback it needs to make some noise.

Although the Terrapins are unranked, they are currently 4-0 heading into a Friday night showdown at home against No. 5 Iowa. A win would boost Tagovailoa’s Heisman case  and draw attention to things in College Park, Maryland.

Sean Clifford, Quarterback, Penn State

Sean Clifford is having almost as good of a season as Tagovailoa so far.

With 1,158 yards and eight touchdowns, he barely trails his counterpart at Maryland. Clifford also owns a 171.4 quarterback rating.

Clifford and Penn State head into this weekend with a home matchup against Indiana, one of the easier games on Penn State’s difficult schedule. The Nittany Lions have also beaten ranked opponents Wisconsin and Auburn so far.


Nolan Wick is a first-year majoring in Journalism. To contact him, email nhw5046@psu.edu.

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