Mon. Feb 6th, 2023

USC quarterback Caleb Williams was a transparent winner in a straw ballot of 26 Heisman Trophy voters carried out this week by CBS Sports activities. Using the identical voting protocol because the Heisman Belief, Williams simply positioned above different finalists in what would make him the Trojans’ first Heisman winner since working again Reggie Bush in 2005.

Williams acquired 17 first-place votes in comparison with seven for TCU QB Max Duggan and one every for Michigan RB Blake Corum and Alabama QB Bryce Younger, the reigning Heisman winner. Duggan positioned second behind Williams with fellow finalist Georgia QB Stetson Bennett IV and Tennessee QB Hendon Hooker ending in a tie for third. Corum and Younger, neither of whom (together with Hooker) acquired invites to New York for the Heisman ceremony, tied for fifth.

At instances this season, Williams appeared to virtually single-handedly elevate USC to its first 11-1 begin since 2008. In his first full season as a starter after transferring from Oklahoma, he threw for 4,075 yards (fourth-most nationally) and 37 touchdowns, tying him for the nationwide lead with Ohio State QB C.J. Stroud and Houston QB Clayton Tune.

The Trojans appeared destined to win their first Pac-12 championship in 5 years earlier than Williams “popped” a hamstring Friday within the league title recreation throughout a protracted first-half run. With Williams hobbled the remainder of the way in which, Utah was in a position to roar again to win its second consecutive Pac-12 crown.

If Williams performs towards Tulane within the Cotton Bowl, he would want 69 yards passing to surpass Sam Darnold as USC’s single-season passing chief.

Duggan was the inspiration behind TCU’s run to the Huge 12 Championship Recreation. Changing injured starter Chandler Morris within the opener, Duggan went on to guide the league in yards passing and landing passes.

Bennett led Georgia to its first SEC title since 2017 in his first full season because the starter. The tremendous senior heads to his second Faculty Soccer Playoff 27-3 when beginning for the Bulldogs. Since taking up for JT Daniels final season, he has advanced from recreation supervisor to recreation changer, rating because the SEC’s No. 2 passer in 2022.

Hooker’s and Corum’s candidacies had been each stalled by late-season accidents. Hooker was injured within the season finale towards South Carolina after throwing for 58 touchdowns towards solely 5 interceptions in two years at Tennessee. Corum suffered a knee harm towards Illinois and performed briefly at Ohio State however was unable to see a second sequence towards the Buckeyes earlier than being dominated out for the season. He completed third in Huge Ten speeding.

Voters had been promised anonymity in exchanged for his or her ballots. The 26 voters signify 3% of the 870 voters.

2022 Heisman Trophy straw ballot

1. QB Caleb Williams, USC

17

66

2. QB Max Duggan, TCU

7

46

T3. QB Stetson Bennett, Georgia
T3. QB Hendon Hooker, Tennessee

8

T5. RB Blake Corum, Michigan
T5. QB Bryce Younger, Alabama

1

7

7. QB C.J. Stroud, Ohio State

6

8. RB Bijan Robinson, Texas

5

9. QB Michael Penix Jr., Washington
210. TE Michael Mayer, Notre Dame
1

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