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2021 Heisman Watch (Pre Week 1)

The Heisman trophy is one of the prestigious individual awards given out in College Football. This award is given out annually to the most outstanding player in college football. Last season it was won by Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith which was the first time a wide receiver has won the award since 1991 when Desmond Howard won the Heisman. This year we have some names that will be must watch all season long. This season I will be given updates on how I believe the Heisman voting will be going. For right now here are some honorable mentions to watch out for this year.

 

Honorable Heisman Watch 

Brock Purdy (QB) Iowa State

Matt Corral (QB) Ole Miss

Kedon Slovis (QB) USC

D’Eriq King (QB) Miami

 

Now that we have our honorable mentions out of the way. It is time to focus on my top five for the 2021 Heisman watch at this very moment.

 

Heisman Watch

5.) Bryce Young (QB) Alabama

There is a lot of hype around Alabama’s sophomore quarterback Bryce Young. Young was the number one quarterback recruit in 2020 and was the fifth overall high school ranked player as well. He looks like he could be better than the guys that they have had in the past. However the Crimson Tide are in the midst of a big time shakeup on offense. Their offense is only bringing back three starters from their national title winning team a season ago. Young is a dual threat quarterback and Alabama should be excited for him this season. I expect the Alabama offense to take some time clicking before we see how good they truly can be. This is why Bryce Young is sitting at number five right now.

Week 1 Game: Saturday September 4th vs Miami (The U) @Mercedes Benz Stadium

 

4.) Dj Uiagalelei (QB) Clemson

At number four I have sophomore DJ Uiagalelei from the University of Clemson. Uiagalelei got some experience last season when Trevor Lawrence missed a game, but that was in their loss to Notre Dame. He threw for over 400 passing yards and had three total touchdowns in that game. I am expecting a big year for Uiagalelei, but I do feel like it will be overshadowed by being the guy to come in after Trevor Lawrence.

Uiagalelei will be a solid quarterback this season and I am looking forward to what he can do in a full season. I am however keeping my expectations low just in case he doesn’t pan out. That is why I have him at number four on my heisman watch list at the moment.

Week 1 Game: Saturday September 4th vs Georgia @Bank Of America Stadium

 

3.) Spencer Rattler (QB) Oklahoma

Coming in at number three is sophomore quarterback Spencer Rattler. Rattler was a little rocky at times last season as a Freshman, but I do see him bouncing back this season. There is a lot of buzz about Rattler taking that next step this season and I can see him doing that. Oklahoma will look to get back into the playoff this season after missing it. I think the Big 12 this season is going to be a tough stretch for them like it was last season.

This year however I see Rattler not getting rattled in key situations. He threw for over 3,000 yards last season and 30 passing touchdowns. Add on his 6 rushing touchdowns as well and he accounted for 36 total touchdowns. Watch for Oklahoma and Rattler to make some noise this year. He is the Heisman favorite by many, but for me he is on the list at number three due to the fact that pre season heisman favorites rarely win the award.

Week 1 Game: Saturday September 4th @Tulane

 

2.) JT Daniels (QB) Georgia

Coming in at number two is junior quarterback J.T. Daniels from Georgia. Yes this is the same J.T. Daniels that people were iffy about at USC. Daniels transferred to Georgia and played in four games for them last season. He was a much better quarterback in those four games than he was at USC. I saw some big upside for him and I am beyond exciting to see what he can do with a full season under his belt at Georgia. In his four starts last season he threw for 1,231 passing yards to go along with 10 passing touchdowns and two interceptions. With a full season in this offense and a full spring to get ready I see him being a big time factor in the heisman race this year.

Week 1 Game: Saturday September 4th vs Clemson @Bank Of America Stadium

 

1.) Sam Howell (QB) UNC

My number one for the Heisman trophy at this very moment is junior quarterback Sam Howell from the University of North Carolina. Howell in my mind is a first round pick in next year’s NFL Draft, but this will be the year that he solidifies himself as the number one quarterback in the country. Howell has thrown for 30 or more touchdowns in each of his first two seasons at UNC, and has completed 64.4 percent of his passes in his career. I see Howell’s numbers going big time this season as I think he has a realistic shot at getting close to the 4,000 yard passing mark and we could see a career high in touchdowns as well. Big things are to come from this kid this year so stay tuned as he is number one on my Heisman watch list.

Week 1 Game: Friday September 3rd @Virginia Tech 

 

Feature Image Credit: si.com

 

-Chris Jones (@cjoneswho1212)

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