Week 2 standings see three group-five QBs on the rise
Posted On September 15, 2021
As a number of preseason Heisman Trophy contenders struggle with efficiency or injury – including Clemson’s DJ Uiagalelei, Georgia’s JT Daniels and North Carolina’s Sam Howell – two SEC stars have moved on. leading the line of Football Bowl Subdivision quarterbacks.
Bryce Young of Alabama lived up to expectations with seven touchdowns and no interceptions in two easy wins to open the season. Ole Miss Junior Matt Corral extended his non-interception streak to three games and over 100 attempts.
They top the list of best quarterbacks in college football after week two. Among those chasing Young and Corral are Oklahoma’s Spencer Rattler, UCLA’s Dorian Thompson-Robinson and three Group of Five figures.
1. Bryce Young, Alabama
Young threw for 227 yards and three touchdowns in Alabama’s 48-14 win over Mercer before the second-team Crimson Tide offense entered the game with five minutes left in the third quarter. He attempted four fourth-quarter assists in two games a year after Mac Jones made just 26 fourth-quarter throws in 13 games.
2. Matt Corral, Ole Miss
The Tide will host Ole Miss on October 10. 2 in a clash with Heisman and the implications of SEC West. Corral was terrific in the Rebels’ 2-0 start, following up his 381 passing yards in Game 1 against Louisville with five touchdowns in Saturday’s easy win over the outmatched Austin Peay.
3. Spencer Rattler, Oklahoma
Rattler rebounded from a patchy performance in the Sooners’ opener against Tulane with 243 passing yards and a career-high five touchdowns against Western Carolina. His year is about to heat up: OU’s next four games are against Nebraska, West Virginia, Kansas State and Texas.
4. Dorian Thompson-Robinson, UCLA
A second-team pick last season, Thompson-Robinson has the potential to be UCLA’s first quarterback to win all-conference first-team honors since Cade McNown in 1998. Only two Bruins quarterbacks have finished in the top five of the Heisman vote in the more than 50 years since Gary Beban became the only winner in program history: McNown (third in 1998) and Troy Aikman (third in 1988).
5. Desmond Ridder, Cincinnati
Ridder was as polite as expected in Cincinnati’s two easy wins over Miami (Ohio) and Murray State, averaging 11.4 yards per attempt with six TDs on 47 shots. The next two games, against Indiana and Notre Dame, will tell the story of its season and decide how far the Bearcats will go in 2021.
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6. Will Levis, Kentucky
Levis will have an impact even when he’s not throwing for 367 yards, as he did in Kentucky’s season opener against Louisiana-Monroe. The Penn State transfer continued to impress in the Wildcats’ 35-28 win over Missouri, representing over 200 yards of attack and two scores while showing the kind of physical style that will play well in the SEC. He helped make the UK a serious contender to finish in the Top 25 this year.
7. Carson Strong, Nevada
Strong hit on 79.1% of his attempts for 381 yards and four touchdowns without interception in Nevada’s 49-10 win over Idaho State, providing a glimpse of the kind of numbers to expect from a fashionable prospect. the NFL once the Wolf Pack enters the meat of the Mountain West schedule in the second half of October and November. Like Ridder, his next two games will decide whether Strong stays on the national card. Nevada faces Kansas State on the road before heading to Boise State on October 10. 2.
8. Grayson McCall, Carolina Coast
McCall has just seven failures in two games as Coastal Carolina aim to build on last year’s breakthrough and reach the New Years Six. The second-year starter finished 17 of 21 for 245 yards and two. scores as the Chanticleers beat Kansas for the third straight year. McCall completes a best FBS of 82.5% of his passes with 12.7 yards per attempt.
9. Will Rogers, State of Mississippi
Rogers is showing signs of a second-year bump under coach Mike Leach, continuing a trend of returning starters taking a big leap as they become more comfortable in the Air Raid system. He had 75% of his throws with five touchdowns and a 72-goal FBS-leader in the Bulldogs’ 2-0 start after recording 11 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 346 attempts in 2020.
10. Sam Howell, North Carolina
Howell returns to the roster after bouncing off Georgia State for 352 yards and three scores on 12.1 yards per pass. It comes after a hugely disappointing opener against Virginia Tech which saw preseason contender Heisman pitch three picks in a 17-10 loss.
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