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How do C.J. Stroud's stats compare to the other 2022 Heisman Trophy finalists?

Colin Gay
The Columbus Dispatch

C.J. Stroud is a Heisman Trophy candidate for the second-straight season.

Heading into the 2022 Heisman Trophy ceremony Saturday, Stroud is the only returning finalist from 2021 and is joined by USC quarterback Caleb Williams, TCU quarterback Max Duggan and Georgia quarterback Stetson Bennett for the award given to the best player in college football.

How do Stroud's stats compare to the other three finalists?

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2022 Heisman Trophy finalists:Stetson Bennett, Max Duggan, C.J. Stroud and Caleb Williams named finalists

Here's a look at each of the Heisman finalists' stats and what they have done for their respective teams in 2022.

USC QB Caleb Williams

Southern California quarterback Caleb Williams (13) looks for an open receiver during the first half of the team's Pac-12 Conference championship NCAA college football game against Utah on Friday, Dec. 2, 2022, in Las Vegas. Utah defensive end Gabe Reid (91) is at right. (AP Photo/Steve Marcus)

2022 (13 games): 4,075 passing yards, 372 rushing yards, 47 total touchdowns, four interceptions, 66.1% completion rate

While Williams and USC came up short against Utah in the Pac-12 championship game, leaving the Trojans out of the College Football Playoff, the sophomore quarterback still put on a show offensively.

Williams finished with the forth-most passing yards in college football with 4,075, averaging 313.46 per game.

He is also tied with Stroud and Houston quarterback Clayton Tune with 37 passing touchdowns, while adding 10 more rushing.

TCU QB Max Duggan

TCU quarterback Max Duggan (15) throws under pressure from Kansas State defensive end Felix Anudike-Uzomah (91) and linebacker Austin Moore (41) in the first half of the Big 12 Conference championship NCAA college football game, Saturday, Dec. 3, 2022, in Arlington, Texas. TCU running back Kendre Miller (33) is at bottom. (AP Photo/LM Otero)

2022 (13 games): 3,321 passing yards, 404 rushing yards, 36 total touchdowns, four interceptions, 64.9% completion rate

Duggan helped lead TCU to a perfect 13-0 record and a No. 3 spot in the College Football Playoff rankings, showing what he could do in the Big 12 title game with 251 yards passing and 110 yards rushing with two touchdowns.

It was the second time in 2022 Duggan recorded at least 250 yards passing and 100 yards rushing along with a 55-24 win against Oklahoma.

Duggan has the seventh-best yards per pass attempt average in the sport, averaging 9.02 yards per try.

Georgia QB Stetson Bennett

Dec 3, 2022; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Stetson Bennett (13) reacts after his touchdown pass against the LSU Tigers during the second quarter at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

2022 (13 games): 3,425 passing yards, 184 rushing yards, 27 total touchdowns, six interceptions, 67.7% completion rate

Bennett helped lead Georgia to a perfect 13-0 record, a No. 1 spot in the College Football Playoff rankings and a date with No. 4 Ohio State in the Peach Bowl Dec. 31.

In 13 games, Bennett has four 300-yard passing games, while throwing three touchdowns or more twice: against Mississippi State and LSU.

Ohio State QB C.J. Stroud

Nov 26, 2022; Columbus, Ohio, USA;  Ohio State Buckeyes offensive lineman Paris Johnson Jr. (77) consoles quarterback C.J. Stroud (7) after he gave up an interception to Michigan Wolverines linebacker Taylor Upshaw (91) during the second half of the NCAA football game at Ohio Stadium. Michigan won 45-23. Mandatory Credit: Adam Cairns-The Columbus Dispatch

2022 (12 games): 3,340 passing yards, 74 rushing yards, 37 total touchdowns, six interceptions, 66.2% completion rate

While Ohio State found itself in the final Playoff spot despite losing to Michigan 45-23 in the final game of the regular season, Stroud has been one of the best statistical quarterbacks in college football.

Stroud, the Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year, is tied with Tune and Williams with 37 passing touchdowns, the most in college football, while also posting the best passer efficiency rating in the sport.

College football rankings 2022

Here's a look at the final College Football Playoff ranking of the 2022 season.

  1. Georgia (13-0) 
  2. Michigan (13-0) 
  3. TCU (13-0) 
  4. Ohio State (12-1) 
  5. Alabama (10-2) 
  6. Tennessee (10-2) 
  7. Clemson (11-2) 
  8. Utah (10-3) 
  9. Kansas State (10-3) 
  10. USC (11-2) 
  11. Penn State (10-2) 
  12. Washington (10-2) 
  13. Florida State (9-3) 
  14. Oregon State (9-3) 
  15. Oregon (9-3) 
  16. Tulane (11-2) 
  17. LSU (9-4) 
  18. UCLA (9-3) 
  19. South Carolina (8-4) 
  20. Texas (8-4) 
  21. Notre Dame (8-4) 
  22. Mississippi State (8-4) 
  23. NC State (8-4) 
  24. Troy (11-2) 
  25. UTSA (11-2) 

Ohio State football's 2022 schedule

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