Quarterback domination of Heisman in this day and age
Broadly speaking, you don’t get many Heisman winners in this day and age that don’t play quarterback. We do see the occasional wide receiver or running back winning the Heisman, but it’s much less common than quarterbacks winning the honors.
And when you expand the conversation to the position distribution among Heisman finalists in the last decade, the quarterback dominance becomes even more apparent. Since 2012, 22 of the 30 Heisman finalists played quarterback. And of the Heisman winners since 2012, 80 percent play quarterback.
It’s also worth mentioning that both non-quarterback Heisman winners in the last decade were Alabama skill position players. And one of them, Smith in 2020, was coached up by Sark during his time as the Alabama offensive coordinator.
Moreover, with how much proven talent there is at the quarterback position around college football this year, it’s hard to see the Heisman going to any other position group. There are some real superstars returning around college football at quarterback this fall such as Ohio State’s CJ Stroud, Alabama’s Bryce Young, USC’s Caleb Williams, NC State’s Devin Leary, etc.
But it’s not out of the question that Ewers could rise to the occasion and inset himself into that Heisman conversation among the top quarterbacks in the country this season.
In order for Ewers to drum out this sort of Heisman hype this fall, he would likely need to rack up at least 3,500 passing yards, 35-40 passing touchdowns, and keep his interception numbers in the low double-digits at worst. With the sort of weapons he has at his disposal combined with the fact that he’ll be playing in a Big 12 that shouldn’t have the same caliber of defenses that it did last season, the potential for Ewers this fall is sky high.
The ceiling for Ewers this fall is massive. And we’ll likely get a good indication of the type of season he’ll have as early as mid-September after Texas has cleared through the difficult portion of the non-conference slate which includes matchups against the defending Conference-USA Champion UTSA Roadrunners and reigning National Champion runner-up Alabama.