The Ohio State Buckeyes return a Heisman Trophy finalist at quarterback in third-year sophomore C.J. Stroud, and 247Sports college football analyst Blake Brockermeyer believes the former five-star recruit is primed for an even bigger 2022 season. Speaking on 247Sports’ The Block, Brockermeyer broke down this week’s film observations of Stroud.
“Well, Stroud last year just got better and better each week,” Brockermeyer said. “He kind of got banged up early on in the season, but by the end of the season, he was just pinpoint accurate, one of the top quarterbacks in the country easily, on an incredibly loaded offense. So I think Stroud having a year of experience is going (to allow him) to really shine this year. He loses two first-round picks at wide receiver, but their offense is loaded. They got Jaxon Smith-Njigba and Marvin Harrison Jr. and so on. So they got a ton of guys, a ton of talent.
“I think he’s going to be in the running for the first pick in the draft. I think he’s going to be a possible Heisman leader and contender, for sure. And this guy is going to have a really explosive offense, and Ohio State’s gonna have a chance to have a special season offensively especially.”
Fellow co-host Carl Reed was asked if Stroud had something to prove going into 2022 after Ohio State fell short of a Big Ten title and College Football Playoff appearance last season.
“Well, I think when you have a player of his magnitude, you always have something to prove because you lost to Michigan a year ago and you were knocked outside of the playoffs,” Reed said. “I think he’s going to come back with a vengeance this season. And I think a key to his development is the fact that coach Ryan Day is one of the best quarterback offensive coaches in any level of football. That’s NFL and college football. He’s getting coached at an extremely high level. He has a high level of skill guys surrounding him, like Blake just said. I think that he’s coming out on a mission and he’s going to be super, super competitive this year. And I’m really excited to see how special he plays this season.”
As a first-year starter on the 2021 season, Stroud completed 71.9% of his passes for 4,435 yards and 44 touchdowns to six interceptions.
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Stroud was a 247Sports five-star out of Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) High. He took his talents from California to Ohio State as the Class of 2020’s No. 29 overall prospect and No. 2 pro-style passer.