2021 Final Heisman Rankings

2021 Final Heisman Rankings
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We’ve made it to our final Heisman rankings for the year. The winner will be announced in just a few short hours. However, for some, there’s the honor of just being up for this prestigious award. But, there are only a few that have a legitimate shot of taking home the hardware. Last year, we had a wide receiver win the Heisman. Could we have a defensive player come away with the award this year? In a year where we’ve seen so few people separate themselves, anything is possible. Before we get into the top half, let’s take a look at all of the contenders in our 2021 Final Heisman rankings.

Bryce Young had one of his best performances in the biggest stage of them all. But, could the fake slide, touchdown run from Kenny Pickett be considered a Heisman moment? What about Matt Corral and Kenneth Walker III who both had been consistent among the leader board all season? With that being said, let’s take a look as we unveil our 2021 Final Heisman rankings.

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Note: Ties were broken alphabetically by player’s last name

Ranking Player Position Team Points
1 Bryce Young QB 94
2 Kenny Pickett QB 50
3 C.J. Stroud QB 47
4 Aidan Hutchinson DL 42
5 Will Anderson DL 23
6 Kenneth Walker III RB 17
7 Matt Corral QB 10
8 Jerome Ford RB 1
9 Desmond Ridder QB 1

Top Five Candidates

1. Bryce Young

QB | Alabama                                                                                                                                                                    Next Game: 12/31 vs Cincinnati

With his performance against Georgia in the SEC Championship Game, it’s hard to envision anyone else winning the Heisman. Young had nearly 500 yards of total offense to go along with four touchdowns against the best defense in the country. He has consistently been the top guy more often than anyone else and his statistics and winning speak for themselves.

2021 SEASON
PASSING
YDS TD INT CMP% RATING
4,332 43 4 68.0 175.5
RUSHING
YDS TD YPC
31 3 0.4

2. Kenny Pickett

QB | Pittsburgh                                                                                                                                                                         Next Game: 12/30 vs Michigan State

The thing that you have to love about Pickett is that he made a play so influential that it has already sparked a rule change. His fake slide into a touchdown run was a play many of us have never seen. Be that as it may, that probably won’t be enough to win him the Heisman

2021 SEASON
PASSING
YDS TD INT CMP% RATING
4,319 42 7 67.2 165.3
RUSHING
YDS TD YPC
241 5 2.5

3. C.J. Stroud

QB | Ohio State                                                                                                                                                                       Next Game: 1/1 vs Utah

Stroud did not play in Championship Weekend, however did manage to jump up one spot to number three. Not participating in the final weekend of the year is obviously detrimental to your chances of winning the award. However, that takes nothing away from Stroud’s outstanding season. In a season where there were questions about how prolific the offense would be, Stroud was a clear bright spot on the offense.

 

2021 SEASON
PASSING
YDS TD INT CMP% RATING
3,862 38 5 70.9 182.2
RUSHING
YDS TD YPC
-30 0 -1.0

4. Aidan Hutchinson

DL | Michigan                                                                                                                                                                        Next Game: 12/31 vs Georgia

You’ve got to be a pretty dominant player to become a Heisman finalist as a defensive lineman. Hutchinson did just that in the biggest moments of the year. He had four sacks over his last two games and was part of a dominant defensive performance against Iowa. Hutchinson likely will not come home with the hardware but was a huge part of Michigan’s resurgence this season.

2021 SEASON
DEFENSE
TACKLES SACKS FF FR INT
58 14 2 1 0

 5. Will Anderson

DL | Alabama                                                                                                                                                                           Next Game: 12/31 vs Cincinnati

Although Anderson did not make the finalist list, his contributions cannot be understated. In a season where the Crimson Tide defense has been inconsistent, Anderson was a dependable playmaker. He had 15.5 sacks and led the country in tackles for loss on the season. His impact was felt all through the SEC and will be a key component for Alabama’s back-to-back National Championship bid.

2021 SEASON
DEFENSE
TACKLES SACKS FF FR INT
91 15.5