'Must see' Sooners QB tipped for Heisman Trophy run

23 October 2021 20:49:20 GMTPlus11
Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin

In the week he was named 'co-starter' at quarterback for the Oklahoma Sooners, Caleb Williams has picked up more support for his surprise Heisman Trophy candidacy.

The freshman, who impressed in relief of preseason Heisman favourite Spencer Rattler two weeks ago, is 125/1 to win the trophy, despite only starting his first game in college last Saturday.

Four touchdowns

Williams threw for four touchdowns and ran in another as Oklahoma beat TCU 52-31 to keep the third-ranked Sooners on track for the Big 12 Championship and College Football Playoff.

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Alabama triggerman Bryce Young and his Ole Miss rival Matt Corral remain the leading contenders for the award, which has been dominated by quarterbacks in recent years.

Young is edging the battle as he boasts a 69.6 completion percentage and has thrown for more than 2,000 yards already while his 24 touchdowns is currently the third-most among FBS quarterbacks.

Corral injury concern

Corral could drop back in the race if he misses the Rebels' game against LSU this weekend through injury.

"He's not in very good shape," Ole Miss head coach Lane Kiffin said Monday of Corral, via The Clarion-Ledger. "He hasn't been for the last two days. You guys know how we are on injuries. Hopefully he will play but I don't feel good about that right now."

ESPN's college football analyst Kirk Herbstreit has put Williams, who will start for the Sooners against Kansas on Saturday, firmly in the mid-season Heisman conversation and described the freshman as "must-see TV".

'Shocked'

"I'll be shocked if he's not at New York in the Heisman," he said on the ESPN College Football Podcast.

"He is going to be the face of college football because of the team and the coach that he plays for and because of how darn good he is and because he's on a team that's going to be ranked in the top five all years that he's there and he's just a guy that is electric and he is, as I say, must-see TV."

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