7 takeaways from Alabama’s Week 1 victory

Latest takeaways from Alabama’s victory on Saturday

By: Jake Rajala

The Alabama Crimson Tide, also known as the alpha team in college football, mopped the floor against the Utah State Aggies in Week 1 by a score of 55-0. It was clear that Utah State needed Herb Brooks to have a chance against the Nick Saban-led CFB team. With that said, I’m going to unwine 7 takeaways from Alabama’s Week 1 victory.

  • Bryce Young (passing)

The Bama field general Bryce Young clearly had his wheaties on Saturday morning. He unleashed a whopping 5 passing touchdowns against Utah State. It was clearly a great start for his Heisman chances in 2022. There were only three occasions last season where he threw five touchdowns.

  • Bryce Young (rushing)

The Bama QB flexed his ability to dazzle with his legs on Saturday – as he unveiled five rushing attempts for 100 rushing yards 1 rushing TD. Young has clocked a 4.4 time before – which compares well to RG3’s 40 time (4.41).

  • Traeshon Holden

The stud wideout for Young was none other than Traeshon Holden, who ousted 70 yds and 2 TDs on Saturday. The 6’3 220 lb wideout registered 239 yds and 21 catches a season ago. With Jameson Williams in the NFL (with the Detroit Lions), Holden is expected to be a star WR for Saban.

  • Jermaine Burton

Holden didn’t hog all of the fun at WR on Saturday – as Jermaine Burton hauled in a pair of touchdowns. Burton should plan to play in the NFL after his third season. He registered 497 yds in 2021 and 404 yards in 2020.

  • Jahmyr Gibbs

The next 1,000+ yard RB in the Alabama offense should undoubtedly be Jahmyr Gibbs. He can flat out run. The junior half-back capped off 93 rushing yards on 9 attempts on Saturday. I don’t expect him to maintain a 10.3 YPC, but he should have a monster 2022 campaign.

  • zero sacks

The Bama passing offense was blazing hot (without needing an ambulance), but they didn’t generate a ton of success in pressuring opposing QBs. The Bama defense ousted zero sacks. Although, they did nicely have four QB hurries. Furthermore, they had five tackels for loss.

  • Jalen Milroe

The Bama QB2 Jalen Milroe saw playing time on Saturday and threw 1 touchdown, 1 interception, 76 passing yards, and an 80% completion percentage. It’s pivotal that the red-shirt freshman gains experience, especially when Young is likely headed to the NFL draft in 2023.

3 reasons why the Seahawks shouldn’t trade for Baker Mayfield

Pete Caroll shouldn’t trade for Baker Mayfield

By: Jake Rajala

The Seattle Seahawks have two young, disappointing, and highly motivated quarterbacks fighting for the starting QB gig. Geno Smith and Drew Lock are making their bid to be QB1 and it’s been reported by New York Post that Smith is in the lead for the keys to the starting offense. With that enunciated, there is another QB option that is deemed available for the Seahawks: Baker Mayfield.

As reported by The Athletic, the Seahawks have a strong interest in Mayfield. I do believe that Mayfield may have more upside over Geno Smith and Drew Lock, but I am not convinced that he is the path that the Seahawks should pursue. With that said, here are three reasons why the Seahawks should not acquire Mayfield.

Asking price

The Browns don’t only want a second or third-round pick, but they also want his new squad to eat up a lot of his contract. The Seahawks don’t exactly have the luxury of having only two or three holes to fill on their roster. They could really benefit from using their resources to ink a new pass rusher, LB, and a couple of defensive backs in the 2023 and 2024 off-season. They struggled to build the team around Russell Wilson and it would be quite a challenge to purchase FA talent for Mayfield.

Long term fit

I really don’t believe Baker is the long-term answer for the Hawks. It feels like the Seahawks are trying to fight for scraps in the QB pool this off-season. If/when the Seahawks target a QB like Bryce Young in the 2023 draft, it’s safe to say that Mayfield would be a very expensive backup QB. They should prioritize a future QB beyond 2023 with their resources and “draft ammunition”.

Geno Smith

I actually like the ability that Geno Smith showed with the Seahawks offense last season. He kept the Hawks competitive in the rainy contest against the Saints and brought the Hawks to OT against the Steelers. It should also be noted that Smith was a modest game manager, despite not having an off-season of preparation with the starters. Smith had impressive connections with Metcalf and I trust them to continue to grow. It’s also unclear if Baker would properly utilize the Seahawks potent WR duo, as he wasn’t able to properly utilize OBJ and Jarvis Landry in the same offense.

Could Jared Goff actually be the long-term QB?

Could Jared Goff be the starting QB beyond 2022?

By: Raina Rutschka

It wasn’t long ago that Jared Goff was the man to beat. He had just led his team to an NFC Championship and a Super Bowl appearance. His relationship with Sean McVay seemed to be in a strong place, and the Rams looked like a force to be reckoned with.

Fast forward four years and life couldn’t be more different for Goff. His relationship with his former head coach crumbled beneath him, leading to the downfall of his playing career in Los Angeles. After a rocky 2020 season, Goff was traded to the Detroit Lions. Goff and the Lions ended last season with the second-worst record in the league at 3-13.

Detroit has made a lot of upgrades this season, but they chose to stick with their guns at quarterback, keeping Goff around for another year. For 2022, that seems to be the best option. But is Goff a long-term solution for the Lions?

The arguments to keep Goff

The biggest draw to Goff is his experience. He’s been a part of almost everything that the NFL has in store, including the game of all games. Goff was also a key part of the development of Cooper Kupp, the NFL’s reigning triple crown receiver. If previous success is a determining factor in future success, Dan Campbell and the Lions may be leaning on their quarterback to aid in the development of rookie receiver Jameson Williams.

Goff has already proven he has good chemistry with the Lions’ young receivers. In 2021, rookie wide receiver Amon Ra St. Brown showed glimpses of being a star receiver in the not-so-distant future. If Goff’s connection with Williams is as immediate and meaningful, it may give the Lions a reason to keep him around.

Why the Lions should move on

Despite Goff’s previous success, he hasn’t shown much promise for the future. He seems to be past his peak, with stats declining steadily the previous three seasons. In 2021, Goff threw for just 19 touchdowns to eight interceptions. His 332 completed passes for 3245 yards were the lowest of his starting career per Pro Football Reference.

His declining stats are just one piece of the puzzle, however. There aren’t many people that expect the Lions to excel this year, leaving the door open for another high draft pick in 2023. Unlike the 2022 draft class, the 2023 class is stacked with first-round talent at quarterback. Alabama’s Bryce Young, Ohio State’s C.J. Stroud, and Miami’s Tyler Van Dyke are all highly regarded as the top talents at QB in next year’s draft.

If the Lions find themselves with a high pick and these exceptional quarterbacks on the board, they would be remiss to not consider taking them. Jared Goff has tried his hand at being a franchise quarterback, and it didn’t lead the Rams where they hoped. Young, Stroud, and Van Dyke are the next generational talents with the makings of a franchise quarterback.

The Lions’ core pieces on offense, D’Andre Swift, Jameson Williams, and Amon Ra St. Brown, are all young talents. Joining them with a young, up-and-coming quarterback might be the spark the Lions need to get out of the bottom tier of the league once again. That being said, there aren’t many reasons the Lions should consider keeping Goff around much longer. A rebuilding team deserves an upgrade at every position, including quarterback.

Best Bryce Young NFL fits in 2023

What is the best NFL fit for Bryce Young?

The Alabama quarterback Bryce Young easily won the Heisman in 2021 and he is clearly the top college football player in the nation. Young will try to build off a 2021 season where he ousted 4,872 passing yards, 47 passing touchdowns, and an 87.6 passer rating. He will certainly be motivated this offseason, as he did lose the National Championship against Georiga. In addition to suffering a defeat in his biggest contest of the year, he also will lose his wide receiver Jameson Williams to the NFL.

Love was pure magic last season and it’s clear he is seen as a gift from the football gods in the CFB world and NFL nation. There is no reason to doubt Love’s chances of dominating next season and being a prime candidate for another Heisman trophy. Furthermore, he will likely be seen as an early first-round draft choice in 2023. At this moment, he is certainly the favorite to be selected first overall in the 2023 NFL Draft.

With that enunciated, the question is: who is the top fit for the utterly polarizing draft prospect? Well, I’m going to untwine top NFL fits for Bryce Young.

  • Detroit Lions

Dan Campbell is clearly building his squad around the QB spot with the right pieces. He’s added a future All-Pro offensive tackle in Penei Sewell and I expect him to draft Kyle Hamilton or Aidan Hutchinson in the 2021 NFL draft. Nonetheless, they are still aching for prominent talent on offense around Sewell, T.J. Hockenson, and D’Andre Swift on offense

They featured the 24th ranked passing defense and the 28th ranked rushing defense in 2021, as well. The CB, S, LB, and DE spot demand upgrades.

The Lions might be adding smart chess pieces and appealing fans with their spirit, but they will most likely be a 1-5 win team next offseason. I don’t foresee them attracting many star profiles and/or seeing a significant boost from their QB spot in 2022. The NFC North really belongs to Aaron Rodgers and Davante Adams, who are coming out guns blazing with the Pack next season.

  • Houston Texans

The Houston Texans pick third in the 2022 NFL Draft and I expect them to pick in the Top 5 in the 2023 NFL Draft. They carry the very controversial, talented Deshaun Watson and it appears they will trade him soon. QB David Fales showed glimpse of success in 2021, but he will be crippled yet again in 2023.

The Texans traded RB Mark Ingram in 2021 and their weaponry won’t look noticeably different moving forward. They should also lose David Johnson and Phillip Lindsay this offseason. Brandin Cooks is essentially the lone wolf in Houston as it stands. Brandin Cooks is also a hot trade candidate. The Texans are also outside the Top 10 in cap space, so they won’t really be luring numerous elite profiles in free agency. In the near future, I expect the rebuilding Texans to add a few pieces around the QB, give the keys to David Fale, and then be very aggressive for a top-notch QB in 2023.

  • Tampa Bay Buccaneers

The Carolina Panthers are eyeing a QB with their Top 10 pick (eighth overall pick) in the 2021 NFL Draft and I believe the fellow NFC South squad in the Bucs could be in a similar situation next offseason. The Bucs lost seven-time Super Bowl champion Tom Brady, who led the league in passing yards and passing touchdowns last season is out the door.

The Bucs were honestly dreadful without Brady before he arrived. They could endure more horrific outcomes without TB12, as the Bucs will hand the keys to Trask with a team that will likely miss the production from Playoff Lenny, AB, Suh, JPP, Gronk, and potentially Chris Godwin. I also don’t see them residing in the QB trade sweepstakes, as Aaaron Rodgers, Russell Wilson, Kirk Cousins, and Kyler Murray are basically off the board.

Honorable mentions:

  • New York Jets

I didn’t love the hire of Robert Saleh, who might put together a worse tenure than Adam Gase in the Big Apple. Saleh is Dan Quinn 2.0 in my opinion, as he was a top-notch defensive coordinator on a team that had backup, elite studs. When Nick Bosa was injured, the 49ers defense and Saleh looked a lot less impressive.

I don’t expect the Jets to turnaround noticeably in the AFC East division featuring the Miami Dolphins, Buffalo Bills, and New England Patriots with their OL and QB personal. Mekhi Becton, who appeared to have the most potential in 2020, took a big step back in 2021. Meanwhile, Zach Wilson ousted 9 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. They were aching for QB stability so much that they traded for the former Jet Joe Flacco. They will likely invest in their highly drafted BYU QB for at least one more season, but I expect him them to looking for a new QB at the bottom of the barrel in 2023.

  • Seattle Seahawks

The Seattle Seahawks have just shipped out their beloved Russell Wilson and things could be quite dark for the Hawks in 2022. They still have the incredible hulk in D.K. Metcalf, but they will be bleeding at the QB, RB (likely losing Chris Carson), OL, and numerous defensive spots. The world knows Wilson walked out the door, but the All-Pro LB Bobby Wagner departed, too. Pete Caroll is an underrated “hot seat” candidate in 2022.

Drew Lock will be the new alpha male at the QB spot, but it will be tough sledding for the former rookie star. Lock will be tasked with leading a squad that unveiled a 7-10 record last season with Wilson in 2021. I surely expect the Seahawks to struggle next season and finish with a Top 5 pick in the 2023 draft. The Broncos will also have two first round picks in 2023, so they could opt to trade for the golden ticket (first overall) and snag their next long-term QB. If the Seahawks can add a few nice pieces with their multiple first round picks this offseason, they could have comfortable chair for the gifted Bryce Love in 2023.

Early Heisman candidates heading into 2022 season

Who are the best heisman candidates for the 2022 season?

By: Tim Rodriguez

There’s no better way to look ahead to the New Year than looking even further ahead. After back to back Heisman Trophy winners from the Alabama Crimson Tide, the rest of the country looks to dethrone the program of the decade. Four of the last five Heisman Trophies have gone to offensive players from Alabama or Oklahoma. Three of those winners have been quarterbacks. With elite skill players and offensive innovators around them, those quarterbacks lit the world on fire and put up ungodly numbers. With constant coaching change and transfer portal news altering the landscape of college football, let’s look ahead at some early favorites for the 2022 Heisman Trophy. 

Quinn Ewers: QB, Texas Longhorns 

Deal with it. After sitting for the entirety of the 2021 season at Ohio State, Quinn Ewers is going home. The highest rated high school prospect of all time has transferred to Texas to join Steve Sarkisian’s disappointing Texas group coming off of a disastrous 2021 season. Sarkisian’s RPO scheme produced five players that finished top ten in Heisman voting from 2018 to 2020. Three of those seasons belonged to quarterbacks (Tua Tagovailoa twice and Mac Jones in 2020). Ewers has more arm talent than both of those players and will benefit from having all world Bijan Robinson behind him. The biggest hurdle for Ewers will be whether or not Sarkisian will start a player with two career snaps in an important year for the program. 

Will Anderson Jr: EDGE, Alabama

Perhaps the most egregious omission of the 2021 Heisman finalists was Alabama edge rusher Will Anderson. Anderson was the most dominant defender in college football this year, and enters the 2022 in a spot we have seen a few times before. Rarely is there ever a non quarterback who enters their season already knowing that they will be an extremely early draft pick next Spring. The last one was Chase Young, who finished as a finalist in his last year in Columbus. Anderson enters the season as the best player in the world and will likely feast on opposing offenses all year. 

CJ Stroud: QB, Ohio State

A relatively unknown commodity heading into the 2021 season, Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud was thought to be simply a placeholder for the aforementioned Ewers. That was far from the truth, as Stroud put together an elite 2021 campaign and found himself in New York as a Heisman finalist. While Stroud is losing several pieces of his elite offense, he will still have plenty of weapons at his disposal in 2022, making him an obvious addition to this list. Ohio State head coach has had several Heisman top ten vote getters as of late with Stroud, Justin Fields in 2019 and 2020, and Dwayne Haskins in 2018. Stroud is one of the safer bets of the 2021 season.

Dark Horse: Jaxson Dart, QB, USC

I don’t have to give you the numbers related to Lincoln Riley and the Heisman Trophy. Offensive players under Lincoln Riley simply produce. USC Sophomore Jaxson Dart is an exciting talent for Riley to work with in Southern California. With countless Southern California quarterbacks deciding not to play for the storied Trojans, it would be fitting that their next Heisman Trophy winner would come from Utah.

Back to Back?

Many would scoff at the omission of 2021 winner Bryce Young on this list. However, it is almost impossible for someone to win this award twice. Young would have to be head and shoulders above everyone else in the conversation. Young is probably the first pick in the 2023 NFL draft, but another Heisman feels unlikely. 

Top 5 Heisman candidates for the 2021-22 college football Season

Will Spencer Rattler win the Heisman?

By: Chris Thomas

Now that the College Football season has started it won’t be long until Heisman candidates and storylines start to emerge. The Heisman is awarded to the best player in college football that season and cements a player’s legacy as one of the greatest college football players of all time. 

Last year was the first time in a couple of years that there wasn’t a clearcut favorite for the award. Alabama wide receiver DeVonta Smith became the first wide receiver to win the award since 1991 and the fourth wide receiver ever to do so. Smith also became the first non-quarterback to win the Heisman since former Alabama running back Derrick Henry won the award in 2015. 

Many great candidates could be nominated and win the award this upcoming season. Here are a few players to look out for who could take home the Heisman at the end of the 2021-22 College Football season. 

Spencer Rattler, QB, Oklahoma

It is hard to start a Heisman candidates list without the face of college football Spencer Rattler. The redshirt sophomore is about to enter his second full season as the team’s starting quarterback. Rattler is already the favorite to go first overall in the 2022 NFL Draft and by many to win the Heisman. He would be Lincoln Riley’s third quarterback to accomplish both feats since he took over the program in 2017. Both Baker Mayfield and Kyler Murray won the Heisman and went first overall in the NFL Draft back to back in the 2017-18 and 2018-19 seasons. 

Last season Rattler threw for 3,031 passing yards, 28 touchdowns, and only seven interceptions. He also rushed for 160 yards and six touchdowns on 81 attempts. That performance earned Rattler a spot on AP‘s First Team All-Big 12 and made him a semifinalist for the Davey O’Brien award. He finished the year with the third-highest PFF grade among quarterbacks in the FBS with a 92.5.

This upcoming season Rattler not only has the opportunity to build upon how he played last year but potentially take the Oklahoma Sooners to the College Football Playoffs and compete for a National Championship. If Oklahoma makes it to the College Football Playoffs it would be hard to imagine Rattler not at least being nominated for the Heisman after this season. 

Bryce Young, QB, Alabama

It is not a ridiculous statement to say that Bryce Hall has the potential to be the most dynamic passer Nick Saban has had during his time at Alabama. That is not a shot at Jalen Hurts, Tua Tagovailoa, or Mac Jones who are all NFL starting quarterbacks. In the small sample size that Young has shown, he displayed more of a playmaker skillset compared to a distributor/point guard type like Tagovailoa and Jones or athlete that relies on mobility like Hurts. 

Last season Young finished the season completing 13 of his 22 passes for 156 yards and a touchdown. In high school, Young was considered the best dual-threat quarterback in the nation and a five-star prospect.

The sophomore quarterback has a fantastic opportunity to become one of the faces of college football now that he will be the starting quarterback of the reigning national champions. Young will be leading an extremely talented roster that is considered the favorite to repeat as champions. If Young shows why he was considered such a polarizing high school quarterback at the next level in a full-time starting role he could very well win the Heisman this year.

D.J. Uiagalelei, QB, Clemson

It cannot be an enviable position to follow up Trevor Lawerence as the starting quarterback of the Clemson Tigers. Lawerence was considered by many as one of the greatest college quarterbacks of all time. The sophomore quarterback will join a line of prestigious quarterbacks to start for Clemson over the last decade including Lawerence and Deshaun Watson. Both quarterbacks have left big shoes for D.J. Uiagalelei to fill. There are a lot of expectations that come with being the quarterback for a Dabo Swinney-led Clemson team. Both Lawerence and Watson were catalysts for the Tigers winning National Championships when they were starters. 

Last season he played in ten games but started two against Boston College and Notre Dame. In his first start against Boston College, Uiagalelei completed 73.2% of his passes going 30 for 41 and passing for 342 yards and two touchdowns. He also had six rushes for 25 yards and a touchdown. Then the following week against #4 Notre Dame, Uiagalelei went 29 of 44 for 439 yards and two touchdowns. Uiagalelei rushed for two yards on 13 attempts and a touchdown in that game as well. He finished the year completing 66.7% of his passes completing 78 of 117 of them for 914 yards, five touchdowns, and zero interceptions. Uiagalelei had 28 rushing attempts for 60 yards and four touchdowns. His 146.4 pass efficiency rating was fifth-best by an ACC freshman quarterback since 2002. Uiagalelei also became only the second FBS player since 2000 to throw at least 115 passes and record at least five passing touchdowns and no interceptions.

As long as Clemson makes the College Football playoffs Uiagalelei should be a Heisman contender. What he brings to the table that separates him from the rest is the combination of size and athleticism. At 6’4″ and 249 pounds he is a fantastic athlete and a threat as a ball carrier. His combination of size, mobility, and arm strength could draw comparisons to another former Heisman winner former Auburn quarterback Cam Newton who is 6’5″ and 245 pounds. If Uiagalelei plays similarly to how Newton did in his Heisman campaign in the 2010 season, he could very well win the award at the end of this season. 

J.T Daniels, QB, Georgia

One player that has been trending towards being considered one of the nation’s best quarterbacks is Georgia quarterback JT Daniels. He will start his second season as a Georgia Bulldog after two years at USC. Many believe a great season from him could catapult Georgia back into the National title picture. 

Daniels transferred to Georgia after redshirting his sophomore season due to a season-ending knee injury. Last season only started four games for Georgia at the end of the season. Daniels finished the year completing 80 of his 119 passes for 1,231 yards, ten touchdowns, and only two interceptions. That is an average of 307.8 passing yards, 2.5 touchdowns, and .5 interceptions a game. 

He is entering his Junior year this season so Daniels is eligible for another year. However, he is gaining a lot of hype as a quarterback prospect to look out for that could potentially be a first-round pick. Daniels has a cannon for an arm which will get him on a light of highlight reels throughout the season. If Georgia makes a National title push and Daniels makes huge plays throughout the season he could have a legitimate case to win the Heisman at the end of the year. 

Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas

Now that the Sam Ehlinger era is over at Texas the star Longhorn tasked with bringing them back to relevancy is running back Bijan Robinson. The Longhorns have needed a star on their roster who can bring them back to what they were over a decade ago. So far Robinson has shown that he has what it takes to be that guy. 

During his freshman year, Robinson played in nine games, but only started six of them. He had three games last season where he rushed for over 100 yards and averaged 10.3 carries in each of those games. His best game came at the end of the year against Colorado where he rushed for 183 yards and a touchdown off ten carries. In that game, Robinson also caught two passes for 37 yards and two more touchdowns. He finished last year with 703 rushing yards and four touchdowns on only 86 carries. 

Robinson has the size and strength to be a power back, but is shifty and has the athleticism to make him almost impossible to defend. He has shown that he is also a threat as a receiver. His style of play is similar to Dallas Cowboys running back Ezekiel Elliott. 

If Robinson thrives in a workhorse role for Texas gets them closer to being a national title threat he could become the first running back since 2015 to win the Heisman. 

Breece Hall, RB, Iowa State

Last season Breece Hall was arguably the best running back in college football. He discretely had one of the greatest seasons for a running back in college football history. He could put up similar production in his junior year at Iowa State. 

After an outstanding freshman season Hall broke out in a major way his sophomore year. In the twelve games he played, Hall rushed for 1,572 yards on 279 attempts and 21 touchdowns. He led the entire country in rushing last season. He averaged 131 rushing yards per game. Hall became the first player in College Football to have 75+ yards and a rushing touchdown in all 12 games since NFL Hall of Famer and former TCU running back LaDainian Tomlinson did it in 2000. He added multiple accolades to his resume including being the first unanimous All-American in Iowa State history, winning Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year, and First Team All-Big 12. This performance landed Hall sixth in the Heisman voting.

He came extremely close to winning the Heisman a year ago. If Hall were to repeat his performance or even break his records there would be slim to no chance that he does not get recognized as one of the greatest running backs to ever play in college football by winning the Heisman. 

Brian Robinson Jr., RB, Alabama

Brian Robinson Jr. becomes the next running back to join the fraternity of Alabama starting running backs. The Crimson Tide have had an outstanding group of players at the position over the years including Mark Ingram, Trent Richardson, Eddie Lacy, Derrick Henry, and Najee Harris. There have also been other talented running backs for the Crimson Tide that weren’t workhorse backs including Alvin Kamara, T.J. Yeldon, Kenyan Drake, Damien Harris, and Josh Jacobs. So expectations are high for a player like Robinson who will now control this backfield and have a major role for this offense. 

Over the last two seasons, Robinson Jr. has played a complementary role to Najee Harris. Last year he rushed for 483 yards and six touchdowns on 91 attempts. Robinson fits the bigger running back mold the Crimson Tide have been known for under Nick Saban. He has been used to run the ball outside of the tackles on outside zone runs. He has also returned kickoffs for Alabama on occasion. 

This year the redshirt senior finally gets his chance to lead this backfield. If Robinson has a breakout season and is as dominant as the Alabama running backs that have come before him he has a great of a chance as anyone to win the Heisman. There has not been a more dominant position group on a college football team over the last decade than Alabama running backs. Robinson could be the third to win the Heisman since 2009.

Chris Olave, WR, Ohio State

It is extremely unlikely that a wide receiver wins the Heisman in any given year. It is even more unlikely that a wide receiver wins the Heisman in back-to-back seasons. But after DeVonta Smith won last year it does open up the conversation to the position group and it is unlikely that a talent like Chris Olave isn’t considered for the award after the season.

Last year Olave broke out and established himself as one of the best receivers in college football. He almost matched his receiving yardage and touchdown total from the season prior despite having his season reduced to seven games. Olave caught 50 receptions for 729 yards and seven touchdowns. He averaged 104.1 yards per game. He was named First Team All-Big Ten after his performance. He was considered one of the best wide receivers in college football last season.

Coming into this season Olave is considered the best wide receiver in the nation. If he continues the pace that he set last season or exceeds it over a full college football season he could make it back-to-back seasons that a wide receiver wins the Heisman.

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