Heisman Watch: Bryce Young Remains in Top Spot
Stop me if you’ve heard this one before but Alabama is really good again in 2021. After losing their Quarterback in round one in each of the past two drafts, the Crimson Tide haven’t missed a beat to start their season.
In fact, their new QB Bryce Young is picking up where the other two left off with a Sophomore season to remember through two games so far. With a strong showing in Alabama’s 48-14 win over Mercer, Young remains in the top spot for Heisman Odds after two weeks.
Heisman Watch: Week 2 Performances
Bryce Young - Alabama QB
Week 2 stats: 19-27 passing, 227 yards, 3 Passing TD, 177.7 Rating
Nick Saban didn’t ask Bryce Young to do all that much, having him throw just 27 passes as opposed to 38 in Week 1, but it was an efficient day for the Heisman frontrunner. He had a completion percentage of 70.4 percent and a yards per attempt of 8.4.
In a Heisman season, no one is going to remember this game in Week 2 but he didn’t do anything to hurt his stock in Alabama’s second game.
Matt Corral - Ole Miss QB
Week 2 stats: 21-33 passing, 281 yards, 5 Passing TD, 185.2 Rating
The Junior QB was solid for Ole Miss in their 54-17 blowout over Austin Peay. In the first half alone, Corral had four passing TD’s as Ole Miss would take a 37-7 lead into the half. He’d add one more in the third quarter before his day was done.
While he didn’t throw for as many yards as he did against Louisville he was arguably more efficient throwing for five touchdowns vs just one the week prior. His rating also jumped up from 179.1 to 185.2 from Week 1 to Week 2.
Spencer Rattler - Oklahoma QB
Week 2 stats: 20-26 passing, 243 yards, 5 Passing TD, 218.9 Rating
After a two-pick performance against Tulane, Rattler bounced back nicely in Oklahoma’s win over Western Carolina. He wasn’t asked to throw the ball nearly as much as he was in Week 1 but when he did throw he was very good.
Rattler was at 9.3 yards per attempt with five passing touchdowns to his name before being pulled in the blowout. The Sooners have a much more competitive game on their slate this week against Nebraska so we’ll see how he holds up from his bounce-back performance.
CJ Stroud - Ohio State QB
Week 2 stats: 35-54 passing, 484 yards, 3 Passing TD, 1 INT, 154.7 Rating
Stroud is the first QB on this list to be coming out of a loss in Week 2. He played pretty well completing 64.8 percent of his passes on 54 attempts for 484 yards and 3 TDs. Unfortunately, when driving, trailing by a touchdown late in the fourth quarter, Stroud was picked off by Verone McKinley III.
The interception was a backbreaker as that pretty much iced the game for Oregon. A mental mistake cost him an otherwise great performance in the loss.
DJ Uiagalelei - QB Clemson
Week 2 stats: 14-24 passing, 171 passing yards, 1 passing TD, 1 INT, 123.6 rating, 2 rushing TD
After a lackluster performance in Week 1 in the loss to Georgia, DJ Uiagalelei was better but still not where he would like to be. He completed just 58.3 percent of his passes for 171 yards on 24 attempts and was picked off.
While his day through the air was nothing to write home about he did add two touchdowns on the ground for a three-touchdown day. You can deal with that kind of performance against teams like South Carolina State. If he wants to move up this list he’s going to have to start putting some big-time games together.