Bryce Young, QB, Alabama:
Bryce Young walked away with the Heisman Trophy his first season as a starter for the Alabama Crimson Tide. Can he seal the deal and bring another title home?
Malik Willis, QB, Liberty:
Malik Willis is the most fun player to watch in college football. The expectation is that this is Willis’ last game as a Liberty Flame before he heads off to the NFL.
Kenny Pickett, QB, Pittsburgh:
No player on college football improved as much as Kenny Pickett did in 2021. Pickett went from an afterthought to putting together a Joe Burrow-esque senior season.
Matt Corral, QB, Ole Miss:
There may not be a more polarizing player in college football than Matt Corral. With critics and supporters on both sides, Corral looks to add to his resume and gain momentum to declare for the 2022 NFL Draft.
Carson Strong, QB, Nevada:
Carson Strong would like to end his college career on a high note to carry his momentum into the NFL Draft process.
Sam Howell, QB, North Carolina:
Sam Howell once was thought of as a Heisman Trophy candidate, and potential #1 overall pick in the upcoming draft. Howell performed poorly and did not handle life after Javonte Williams, Michael Carter, and Dyami Brown. Howell looks to rebound late with a good performance in the bowl game and regains some momentum late in the process.
C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State:
C.J. Stroud put together a strong 2021 season forcing Quinn Ewers out of town. Stroud will be back next season as the Buckeyes quarterback looking to pick up where he left off and lead the Ohio State program to a National Title run.
Caleb Williams, QB, Oklahoma:
Caleb Williams will be the poster boy for the 2022 Heisman Trophy campaign. Williams has all of the talents, but how does he perform in life after Lincoln Riley?
Grayson McCall, QB, Coastal Carolina:
Grayson McCall has been as solid as one could be in raising the national prominence of the Coastal Carolina program. Can Coastal Carolina close out the season on a high note with their first bowl victory?
Bailey Zappe, QB, Western Kentucky:
Blake Zappe put up eye-popping numbers this season for the Hilltoppers. What does he have in store for an encore in the bowl game? Get your popcorn ready.
Jake Haener, QB, Fresno State:
Jake Haener entered the transfer portal to return to Washington, only to remove his name several days later, to stick with Fresno State. We were on the Bulldogs all season long, and Jake Haener was a big reason why.
Jayden Daniels, QB, Arizona State:
Jayden Daniels is one of the more electrifying players in college football. If you blink, you might miss him. Daniels announced he will be returning to Arizona State in 2022.
Emory Jones, QB, Florida:
Emory Jones recently announced that he will be entering the transfer portal, and will play elsewhere in 2022. Jones will lead the Gators on the field in the bowl game from the latest reports–an awkward situation.
Malik Cunningham, QB, Louisville:
Malik Cunningham was one of the most productive quarterbacks in college football this season. Cunningham’s performance seems to have been overlooked by some. The bowl game presents an opportunity to springboard his low-key 2022 Heisman candidacy.
Tanner Mordecai, QB, SMU:
Tanner Mordecai transferred from Oklahoma to SMU, and what a good decision that was. Mordecai immediately became a prolific pocket passer for the Mustangs and led them to a resilient season.
Brennan Armstrong, QB, Virginia:
Brennan Armstrong is the Cavaliers’ offense. Few players carried their team the way Armstrong carried Virginia this season.