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Joel Klatt Names The 'Clear' Heisman Favorite This Season

Joel Klatt

In a tweet sent out Monday, Joel Klatt announced that C.J. Stroud is his 'clear favorite' to win the Heisman Trophy. 

Klatt also mentioned a bevy of other names which he thought deserved recognition. 

The list included quarterbacks Caleb Williams (USC), Bryce Young (Alabama), Hendon Hooker (Tennessee), Drake Maye (North Carolina), and Dorian Thompson-Robinson (UCLA). 

Klatt also recognized running backs Blake Corum (Michigan), Chase Brown (Illinois) and Jahmyr Gibbs (Alabama) in his post. The only defensive player on the list was Alabama edge rusher Will Anderson. 

The favorite, Stroud, helped boost his Heisman odds this past week after a dazzling performance against Michigan State. He threw more touchdowns (6) than incompletions (5) and posted 361 yards in an Ohio State 49-20 victory. 

While Bryce Young, Caleb Williams and Will Anderson have been on Heisman watch for the past two seasons, others like Chase Brown, Drake Maye and Hendon Hooker are relative newcomers. 

One thing the new Heisman hopefuls have in common is the current success of their programs. Hooker has led the Volunteers to a 5-0 record this season, while Brown and Maye have the Illini and Tar Heels sitting at 5-1.