Week 4 Heisman Watch: Preseason Favorites Struggleby Alex Kielar September 26, 2021 1 comment
It was another crazy week in the Heisman watch, as a few more new faces join the rankings. A couple of the preseason favorites in Spencer Rattler and Sam Howell struggled and have a high hill to climb to bring home the trophy.
1A. Bryce Young, Alabama
Although it was against a subpar Conference USA opponent, Young once again showed what he can do. In the first three quarters until taking a rest in the blowout, the Crimson Tide quarterback threw for 312 yards and five touchdowns on 20-of-22 passing. A huge test comes next week against Ole Miss and who I’m calling Heisman candidate 1B right now.
Bryce Young 10¢ throw
— PFF College (@PFF_College) September 25, 2021
1B. Matt Corral, Ole Miss
Corral and the Rebels were on a bye this week. Next week will decide who the real frontrunner is.
2. Taulia Tagovailoa, Maryland
The younger brother of Tua has officially entered the chat. The junior quarterback has led the Terps to a 4-0 start while putting up impressive numbers. On Saturday, Tagovalioa threw for three touchdowns and over 300 yards for the third time this season. His 384 air yards were a season-high, while he has a 75.5 percent completion percentage on the season. He did throw an interception, but it was his only one on the season so far. The real test comes in the ensuing weeks, as Maryland plays Iowa at home before traveling to Columbus to face Ohio State the next two games.
3. Bijan Robinson, Texas
The sophomore running back has found the endzone every game this season, as he had a receiving touchdown on Saturday. Robinson juked defenders on his way to a 38-yard score for the first points of the game against Texas Tech. He finished with 137 yards on the ground and 54 in the air (mostly after the catch). His tremendous ability to shake his way through traffic has been fun to watch.
Bijan Robinson making this look effortless is insane. pic.twitter.com/eIftuPOxvb
— Barstool Sports (@barstoolsports) September 25, 2021
4. Breece Hall, Iowa State
For the second straight week, the junior running back ran for two touchdowns and at least 100 yards. This week against Baylor, Hall ran for 190 yards and two touchdowns on 27 carries. He broke the Big 12 record for consecutive games with a touchdown as it was his 16th straight game with at least one score. The Wichita native now has six touchdowns on the season and is averaging nearly five yards a carry.
Breece Hall — the leading rusher form 2020 — is keeping Iowa State alive against Baylor.
— Pro Football Network (@PFN365) September 25, 2021
5. Kenneth Walker III, Michigan State
The Spartans escaped with a narrow victory over Nebraska, while Walker was held in check for most of the game. The junior back was held to just 37 yards on 12 carries in the first half after averaging over 164 yards per game thus far. But he stepped up when it mattered most, starting left and bouncing back right for a 23-yard run that set up the winning field goal in overtime. Walker finished the game with 61 yards and just 3.2 yards a carry, but it’s what he did in a big moment that matters most.
On the outside looking in: CJ Verdell, Jake Haener, Desmond Ridder
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