The 2021 Heisman Trophy went to Alabama quarterback Bryce Young on Saturday night. Young is a former five-star prospect from California who lived up to the hype after having to replace Mac Jones, who is now starting in the NFL for the first place New England Patriots.
But now all the attention turns to the 2022 season and an interesting name popped up when ESPN put together it’s list of Heisman Trophy contenders for next season.
There were favorites that included Oklahoma QB Caleb Williams and Texas running back Bijan Robinson, but when it came to “sleepers” a Big 12 defensive player was listed in Oklahoma State edge rusher Collin Oliver.
“Need a defender to rival Alabama’s Anderson? Oliver might be your best bet. As a freshman in 2021, he ignited the stifling Oklahoma State defense, racking up 15 tackles for loss and 10.5 sacks while making big plays down the stretch that almost led the Pokes to a Big 12 title.“
Oliver certainly became one of the most explosive players for the Cowboys down the stretch of the season and the former four-star prospect and local product from Edmond Sante Fe is poised to be one of the most dangerous defensive players in the league in 2022, even without Jim Knowles calling the shots after he left for Ohio State.
Interestingly, the other sleepers included Clemson QB Cade Klubnik, plus “whoever” ends up as Texas Tech’s starting quarterback, given they will be working with new offensive coordinator Zach Kittley.