Ohio State Buckeyes quarterback CJ Stroud has always been the best.
As a high school senior at Rancho Cucamonga High School in Rancho Cucamonga, California, Stroud threw for 47 touchdowns and totaled 3,878 yards passing and was named Inland Daily Bulletin offensive player of the year. In 2019, Stroud was named MVP of the Elite 11 (a showcase for the top high school quarterbacks across the country).
People knew how good CJ Stroud was going to be; even when he was backing up now Chicago Bears QB Justin Fields. Stroud only got to play one snap in 2020, but this is what he did on that one snap.
Last year, in his first year as a starter Stroud threw for 4,435 yards, 44 touchdowns and only six interceptions. Granted he was throwing the ball to future first-round picks Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson but how’s he fared this year? Through four games, Stroud has already almost thrown for 1,000 yards (941) and has tossed 11 touchdowns and zero interceptions despite missing one of his top receivers from last season Jaxon Smith- Njigba who went out Week 1 against Notre Dame with a knee injury.
Stroud has spread the ball to receivers Marvin Harrison Jr, Julian Fleming Emeka Egbuka Jayden Ballard and tight end Cade Stover.
Stroud just looks comfortable in that offense, he’s taking with what the defense is giving him and not forcing the big play if it’s not there. Look at that first drive against Wisconsin last week; He methodically led the Buckeyes down the field by picking up big chunk plays and the Buckeyes were in the end zone in six plays.
A lot of teams play zone against Ohio State because they don’t want to give up the long touchdown, and Stroud has great recognition to check the ball down, and let his receivers use their speed to make guys miss which has often been the case this season. Looking at the numbers and how great he has been so far this season. I firmly believe that…
CJ Stroud will win the 2022 Heisman Memorial Trophy. Last year, Stroud was a Heisman finalist along with Pittsburgh QB Kenny Pickett, Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson and Alabama QB Bryce Young (Young ended up winning the Heisman) Stroud wasn’t close to winning last year, as he finished fourth with only 12 first-place votes, but this year I’ve haven’t seen a guy like CJ Stroud. Sure Bryce Young is great, but that story has been told and there hasn’t been a back-to-back Heisman winner since Ohio State running back Archie Griffin did it back in 1974 and 75′. So with that being said, mark it down on December 10, 2022, in New York City, CJ Stroud will become the eighth player in Ohio State history to win a Heisman Trophy.