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Can Shedeur Sanders take the Heisman?

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There’s been a lot of talk of who will take the Heisman this year, with USC Trojans quarterback Caleb Williams, the reigning 2022 Heisman Trophy Winner and the prohibitive favorite to go No.1 in next April’s NFL Draft. But there’s another quarterback who’s mesmerizing the college football world and college sports right now, not only being the son of legendary former NFL cornerback Deion Sanders but with his tantalizing talent… His name is Shedeur Sanders.

Impressive, daunting, otherworldly, and unbelievable are the words you could use to describe the play of Sanders through the first two games for the No.22 ranked Colorado Buffaloes 2-0 start to the season defeating TCU (the runner-up in the National title game last year) 45-42.

The Buffaloes lost all but one game last season and won their first game in a thriller. The momentum didn’t stop there, as the Buffaloes carried it for their highly anticipated home opener for the first home game in the Deion Sanders era… It didn’t disappoint.

The Buffaloes snatched the game right out of Nebraska’s heart winning that one 36-14 with fans storming the field as they went 2-0 on the season after just finishing (1-11) overall and (1-8) in the Pac-12 last season (both last).

Sanders put up staggering numbers in both games. He threw for a whopping 510 yards on 38-of-47 completions for four touchdowns in the season opener against TCU. Four different receivers had over 100 reception yards from Travis Hunter, to Dylan Edwards, Xavier Weaver, and Jimmy Horn Jr.

Edwards received three of Sander's touchdown passes with Horn Jr. getting the other, with the highlight being a 75-yard touchdown by Edwards on a 2nd & 10 (2:38) play early in the third quarter to push the Buffaloes lead 24-14.

Sanders looked composed and unphased of all the hype surrounding the team coming into the season with the arrival of his dad as head coach.

He was a master in the pocket, had great ball placement to his receivers, accuracy, and patience on his throws.

As you see in the new age modern day quarterback in the NFL with stars such as Patrick Mahomes, Lamar Jackson, Jalen Hurts, and Josh Allen to name a few, you need to be able to scramble in the pocket and improvise and make plays.

That’s what Sanders does here starting at the 3:18 mark:

Navigating on the run against defensive pressure and somehow finding the receiver under duress that you see the elites do at the professional level is a trait not many have on the planet.

Sanders continued his Cinderella magic in the Buffaloes' 36-14 victory over Nebraska with 393 passing yards on 31-of-42 completions and two touchdown passes in a highly anticipated sold out home opener.

Sanders displayed his solid mechanics in the pocket by showing off a beautiful front-footed throw to receiver Tar’Varish Dawson on a 30-yard throw on 1st & 10 with 2:36 left in the second to put the Buffaloe’s first touchdown on the board.

You also have plays like this that will make NFL GMs salivate and have Sanders rise up Draft boards (0:42):

Sanders is a tantalizing talent, but many were questioning if he could do it at this level and if he was only getting the starting quarterback spot because of his dad being the head coach.

He has done everything through the first two victories against TCU and Nebraska to debunk that and then some by combining for six touchdowns, and 903 yards with a completion rate of 78%.

Sanders even displays his competitiveness fire by calling out Nebraska coach Matt Rhule who said some things about his father prior to their matchup on Saturday.

Overall, Sanders through two games has looked like a diligent leader of a football team. Some games that’ll be interesting to mark down are his matchups against No.13 Oregon on Sep. 23 and USC on Sep. 30 against Williams and the Trojans.

If he displays anywhere near the resemblance of wizardry we’ve seen thus far, the Colorado Buffaloes and college football are in for a real treat as we can be witnessing the beginning of a Cinderella story of a program changing right before our eyes.

Can Shedeur Sanders challenge for the Heisman?

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