NEW YORK (AP) – Bryce Young of Alabama and CJ Stroud of Ohio have been friends since high school and competed in basketball and football when they were growing up in Southern California.
Yang could secure a single win against Stroud, and on Saturday night he defeated Heisman over his other finalist.
Two-quarters will return to college in 2022 and continue the long-distance race.
He is a fifth-year sophomore who won Young Heisman and is a sixth-grader in his sophomore year of college. Stroud is a second-year player and first-year starter like Yang, but a first-rate red shirt in terms of compatibility.
In 2022, Yang will try to become the second player to win two Heismans. Archie Griffin, who is behind Ohio, is the only player to have won the College Football Player of the Year award twice in 1974 and 1975, respectively.
At the time, Heisman was dominated by adults, so winning in college football was rare. That has changed in the last twenty years.
In 2007, Florida midfielder Tim Tebou became the first sophomore to win the award.
The next two winners (Sam Bradford of Oklahoma and Mark Ingram of Alabama) were both sophomores. Bradford was a sophomore, but in his third year in Oklahoma, he won the Heisman in 2008 after wearing a red shirt in his freshman year.
Texas A&M defender Johnny Manziel was the first cadet in the red shirt to win the Heisman in 2012, and James Winston of Florida achieved that feat the following year.
Lamar Jackson of Louisville was also a sophomore when he defeated Heisman in 2016.
Among the second-year and red-shirt freshmen who won Heisman, only Tebou played two more seasons in college after winning the award. Tebou finished third in the 2008 vote and fifth in 2009.
The rest all played college football for another year, and none came close to winning another Heisman. Manziel was fifth in 2013; Winston finished sixth in 2014 and Jackson third in 2017.
History has shown that Yang is against repetition. Or college football is for another two-time Heisman winner.
Expect Stroud to be a competitor as well.
Assuming talented teenagers like Kenneth Walker III of Michigan and Breece Hall of Iowa move into the NFL, who else will enter 2022 with the Hayman hype?
Caleb Williams, QB, Oklahoma
It will be an interesting job for Williams. The former five-star prospect is currently registered to play with Lincoln Riley, who is currently in Southern California. The first question with the new NCAA transfer rules is: will it stay? If so, could Oklahoma become a Heisman plant without Riley, who coached winners Baker Mayfield and Kayler Murray?
New Sooners attack coordinator Jeff Lebby has extensive experience with UCF and Mississippi. It seems like a good game for Williams, wherever he goes to school, Heisman can be a contender.
Jaxson Dart, QB, USC
Riley’s new defender took on a starting role as a freshman this season and promised a team that wasn’t so good. The Trojans will need a big turnaround in 2022 to bring Dart into the Heisman conversation. It can.
Braelon Allen, RB, Wisconsin
These are hard times to run back to swallow Heisman. Yang became the 18th quarterback defender of the century, compared to three runs.
Wisconsin runners typically have a combination of opportunity and team success to get into a conversation, and Allen looks like the next great Badgers. After barely seeing the field in his first four games in Wisconsin, he finished with a run of 1,106 yards and 7.06 yards per carry.
Shon Taker, RB, Syracuse
Taker is worth mentioning as he has committed a limited orange offense this season, with 1,751 yards and 14 touchdowns. But if Syracuse isn’t surprised if he can’t eliminate a strong top five in the fight against a good team like Walker (sixth in the voting in Haysman), Tucker’s chances of getting closer in 2022 seem very far off.
Will Anderson Jr., OLB, Alabama
Anderson could have won this year’s Heisman after fighting for 15.5 sacks and 31.5 defeats. He finished fifth. While Michigan colleague Aidan Hutchinson finished second for Yang, it is likely that Haysman voters have begun to warm up to the idea of a defensive player who has won the award.
Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio
Recipients who win in Heisman are less likely to run backwards because their defenders usually get credit. And Smith-Njigba is playing with the Heisman finalist at Stroud. Still, he was good enough to lead the team this season with two possible first-round NFL draft receivers (80) and yards (1,259).
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