Heisman Watch: Blake Corum, Adrian Martinez on the rise

The Heisman Trophy race continues to change and evolve through Week 5 of the season.

Ohio State quarterback C.J. Stroud was fine on Saturday, though not as dominant as he has been up to that point. Meanwhile, two other contenders, Alabama’s Bryce Young and Oklahoma’s Dylan Gabriel, have suffered injuries that throw some uncertainty into their seasons.

This opened the door for other rising stars to enter the mix.

See how the leading Heisman candidates fared heading into Week 5 on Saturday.

Note: Players are ranked according to FOX Bet odds entering Week 5.

1. Ohio State QB CJ Stroud +150 (bet $10 to win a total of $25)

Stroud has been consistently terrific all season as the Buckeyes have rattled the opposition en route to a 5-0 start.

The weather continued Saturday with a 49-10 Rutgers victory, but Stroud wasn’t at its best. The junior star went 13-for-22 for 154 yards, two touchdowns and an interception, just his second of the season

Still, it’s hard to see him taking many hits when his totals are still great (1,376 yards, 18 touchdowns, two interceptions) and Ohio State continues to look like one of the top three teams in the nation .

C.J. Stroud hits Julian Fleming for TD

The Ohio State Buckeyes extended their lead to 21-7 after C.J. Stroud connected with Julian Fleming on a touchdown pass against Rutgers.

Week 4 Rank: 1

Trending: Stable.

Next: At Michigan State on Oct. 8

2. Alabama QB Bryce Young +350 (bet $10 to win a total of $45)

Young, the reigning Heisman Trophy winner, left Saturday’s 49-26 win over Arkansas early in the second quarter after dislocating his shoulder.

Alabama’s Bryce Young leaves the game

Alabama's Bryce Young leaves the game

Alabama Crimson Tide QB Bryce Young left the game with an injury against the Arkansas Razorbacks on Saturday.

The Tide led 14-0 at the time, but Young wasn’t his usual dynamic self, completing seven of 13 passes for 173 yards, one touchdown and one interception.

Freshman quarterback Jalen Milrow, a four-star recruit from Katy, Texas, was 4-for-9 for 65 yards and a touchdown in Young’s absence. Alabama also got a big boost from running back Jameer Gibbs — who has been on this list in the past — who rushed for 206 yards and two touchdowns on just 18 carries.

Week 4 Rank: 3.

Trending: Down.

Next: Against. Texas A&M on Oct. 8.

3. USC QB Caleb Williams +600 (bet $10 to win a total of $70)

Meet Arizona State on Saturday.

Week 4 Rank: 2

Trending: Down.

Next: Against. Washington State on October 8.

4: Tennessee QB Hendon Hooker +1600 (bet $10 to win a total of $170)

Volunteers have been idle this week.

Week 4 Rank: T9

Trending: up.

The next one: At LSU on Oct. 8

5. Georgia QB Stetson Bennett +2500 (bet $10 to win a total of $260)

Meet Missouri on Saturday.

Week 4 Rank: 4

Trending: Down.

Next: Against. Auburn on Oct. 8

T6. Michigan RB choir Blake +4000 (bet $10 to win a total of $410)

The Wolverines’ 27-14 win over Iowa wasn’t the most aesthetically pleasing game, not surprising when the rough-and-tumble Hawkeyes are involved.

But Corum was his usual dominant self, rushing for 133 yards on 29 carries. His 20-yard touchdown run late in the final quarter iced the game. The junior has rushed for 611 yards and 10 touchdowns this season as the Wolverines are off to a 5-0 start.

Blake Corum ices the game

Blake Corum ices the game

Blake Corum’s fumble gave the Michigan Wolverines a crucial late touchdown to secure a victory over the Iowa Hawkeyes.

Week 4 Rank: Unranked

Trending: up.

Next: In Indiana on Oct. 8.

T6. Kansas State QB Adrian Martinez +4000 (bet $10 to win a total of $410)

A week after shooting up this list with a stunning performance in a win over Oklahoma last week, Martinez was just as impressive in a win over Texas Tech.

The former Nebraska quarterback was dominant with both his arm and legs, passing for 116 yards and a touchdown while rushing for another 171 yards and three touchdowns.

Week 4 Rank: Unranked

Trending: up.

Next: At Iowa State on Oct. 8

T6: Oklahoma QB Dylan Gabriel +4000 (bet $10 to win a total of $410)

Things have been pretty rough for the Sooners the past few weeks. After a loss to Kansas State, Oklahoma was easily defeated by TCU, 55-24. Gabriel was knocked out of the game in the second quarter after a nasty hit by Horned Frogs linebacker Jamoy Hodge and did not return. Hodge was ejected for pitching.

However, Gabriel hasn’t been particularly effective up to this point, completing just seven of his 16 pass attempts for 126 yards and no touchdowns. He will be evaluated for a concussion.

Week 4 Rank: T5

Trending: Down.

Next: Against. Texas on October 8.

T6: Wake Forest QB Sam Hartman +4000 (bet $10 to win a total of $410)

Hartman made his season debut on our Heisman watch and was solid in leading the No. 22 Demon Deacons to a 31-21 victory over No. 23 Florida State.

The junior QB was 22-for-34 for 234 yards and a pair of touchdowns and didn’t throw an interception.

Wake is now 4-1 with the loss coming at No. 5 Clemson in double overtime.

Week 4 Rank: Unranked

Trending: up.

Next: Against. Army on Oct. 8

10. Alabama LB Will Anderson Jr +5000 (bet $10 to win a total of $510)

It’s hard for defensive players to get noticed in the Heisman Trophy race, and Anderson is a perfect example of that. The defender’s stats have improved recently, though he continues to dominate.

Against Arkansas on Saturday, Anderson racked up seven tackles, including 1.5 tackles for loss, and registered a half-sack for good measure.

Week 4 Rank: T5

Trending: Down.

Next: Against. Texas A&M on Oct. 8.


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