In his second year as a starter for Ohio State, C.J. Stroud has a chance to be recognized with several postseason accolades for his collective performances this season.
Stroud was named Tuesday as a finalist for the Maxwell Award, presented to the best player in college football, and the Davey O'Brien National Quarterback of the Year Award.
So many great moments, so many fantastic players. Wish we could name them all. But after all the throws, the runs, the touchdowns, the challenges, the wins and the blood, sweat and tears, here are our 3 finalists for the 2022 Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award! #DaveyQBs pic.twitter.com/yCeYL4YcN9— Davey O'Brien National Quarterback Award (@daveyobrien) November 29, 2022
Through 12 games this season, Stroud has completed 235 of 355 passes (66.2%) for 3,340 yards, 37 touchdowns and six interceptions. The California native leads the nation in passing efficiency at 176.2 and is tied with Houston's Clayton Tune for the NCAA lead in passing scores. Stroud also ranks sixth in yards per completion (14.2), seventh in points responsible for (222), 13th in passing yards and 23rd in completion percentage.
For the Maxwell Award, Stroud is a finalist with Tennessee's Hendon Hooker and Southern California's Caleb Williams.
Meanwhile, Stroud is a finalist with Williams and Texas Christian's Max Duggan for the Davey O'Brien Award.
As a redshirt sophomore, Stroud is eligible for the 2023 NFL draft and is a projected top-five pick, according to most analysts. Should he decide to leave for the NFL after this season, Stroud would end his Ohio State career with career statistics that put him firmly in the school's record book, as his 69.5% completion percentage, 7,775 yards and 81 touchdowns all rank second in program history after 24 games with the Buckeyes.
The Maxwell and Davey O'Brien awards will be announced during ESPN’s Home Depot College Football Awards show on Dec. 8.