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Heisman Trophy watch 2021

Oklahoma quarterback Caleb Williams celebrates with fans while

Oklahoma quarterback Caleb Williams celebrates with fans while walking off the field after the team's team's 52-31 win over TCU in an NCAA football game on Saturday in Norman, Okla. Credit: AP/Ian Maule

The 2021 college football season is in full swing. Time to look at who is emerging as a legit candidate for the Heisman Trophy.

1. Bryce Young, QB, Alabama, Soph.

Last week (vs. Ole Miss, W 42-21): 20 of 28 (71.4%), 348 yards, 4 TDs

2021 stats: 156 of 225 (69.6%), 2,082 yards, 24 TDs, 3 INTs

The skinny: Young ranks in the top 10 in the nation in passing yards (seventh) and passing touchdowns (third), and he is 11th in completion percentage.

Up next: vs. Tennessee on Saturday

2. Matt Corral, QB, Ole Miss, Jr.

Last week (at Tennessee, W 31-26): 21 of 38 (55.3%), 231 yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT; 30 carries, 195 yards

2021 stats: 122 of 184 (66.3%), 1,728 yards, 14 TDs, 1 INT; 88 carries, 450 yards, 8 TDs

The skinny: Corral’s 195 rushing yards against Tennessee were the second-most by a QB in Ole Miss history, and his 30 carries were the most for any Rebel since BenJarvus Green-Ellis in 2007. However, he’s questionable to play vs. LSU with an ankle injury.

Up next: vs. LSU on Saturday

3. CJ Stroud, QB, Ohio State, Fr.

Last week (vs. Maryland, W 66-17): 24 of 33 (72.7%), 406 yards, 5 TDs

2021 stats: 104 of 157 (66.2%), 1,699 yards, 18 TDs, 3 INTs

The skinny: Stroud’s 406 passing yards against Maryland were a career high. He’s returned to form since missing the Buckeyes’ win over Akron with a shoulder injury.

Up next: vs. Indiana on Saturday.

4. Desmond Ridder, QB, Cincinnati, Sr.

Last week (vs. UCF, W 56-21): 13 of 23 (56.5%), 140 yards, 1 TD

2021 stats: 108 of 168 (64.3%), 1,444 yards, 13 TDs, 2 INTs; 6 carries, 37 yards, 3 TDs

The skinny: Cincinnati didn’t ask Ridder to do too much against UCF, instead crushing the Knights on the ground. Still, Ridder has been a big reason why the Bearcats are No. 2 in the AP poll thus far.

Up next: vs. Navy on Saturday

5. Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh, Sr.

Last week (vs. Virginia Tech, W 28-7): 22 of 37 (59.5%), 203 yards, 2 TDs; 12 carries, 38 yards, 1 TD

2021 stats: 143 of 205 (69.8%), 1,934 yards, 21 TDs, 1 INT; 48 carries, 180 yards, 3 TDs

The skinny: Pickett has the Panthers atop the ACC with some impressive numbers, but a big test awaits against Clemson, against whom he has a career 47.3 completion percentage and a 2:5 touchdown-interception ratio.

Up next: vs. Clemson on Saturday

6. Caleb Williams, QB, Oklahoma, Fr.

Last week (vs. TCU, W 52-31): 18 of 23 (78.3%), 295 yards, 4 TDs; 9 carries, 66 yards, 1 TD

2021 stats: 40 of 59 (67.8%), 609 yards, 6 TDs; 18 carries, 215 yards, 3 TDs

The skinny: It’s crazy to think Williams could be mentioned given (a) he took over for struggling preseason favorite Spencer Rattler just two weeks ago in the Red River Shootout, and (b) no in-season backup-turned-starter has ever won the Heisman. That said, the Sooners’ offense has been revitalized under Williams, who has the chance to put up big numbers against some top competition in November.

Up next: at Kansas on Saturday.

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