C.J. Stroud


Player profile

  • Height 6-3
  • Weight 218
  • Hometown Inland Empire, Calif.
  • Last School Rancho Cucamonga
  • Year Junior

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Ohio State Overview
• C.J. spent three years with the program and was one of the top quarterbacks in the nation in 2021 and 2022
• A two-time Heisman Trophy finalist and Ohio State’s only two-time finalist (finalists were first named by the Heisman Trophy Trust in 1982)
• A two-time Big Ten Conference offensive player of the year and a two-time Big Ten quarterback of the year
• Also named Big Ten freshman of the year for a total of five Big Ten individual awards to tie for second all-time in conference history with Justin Fields and Orlando Pace and behind only Braxton Miller’s seven
• Second-team All-American in 2022 by Walter Camp Foundation, CBS Sports and American Football Coaches Association after earning third-team honors in 2021 (Associated Press) along with freshman All-America laurels (The Athletic)
• A finalist in 2022 for Walter Camp Player of the Year, the Maxwell Award and the Dave O’Brien Award
• 21-4 as an Ohio State starter
• Directed Ohio State to No. 9 ranking nationally in total offense (490.7 ypg) and No. 2 in scoring (44.2 ppg) as a third-year sophomore in 2022
• Led the best offense in the nation as a freshman in 2021 with Ohio State No. 1 nationally in total offense (561.5) and scoring offense (45.7) while also finishing No. 2 in passing efficiency and and No. 3 in passing offense (380.9 ypg)
• Set 16 Ohio State passing and total offense records and an additional three Big Ten records: season passing yards (3,193) and season TD passes (34) in Big Ten games only in 2021; career pass efficiency (182.39)
• Led the nation in pass efficiency rating in 2022 (177.7) and was second in 2021 (186.6)
• Ranked second nationally in TD passes in 2022 (41) and third in 2021 (44)
• The first QB in Big Ten history to have back-to-back seasons with 30 or more touchdown passes
• His school records include single game yards (573 in 2021 vs. Utah); single game touchdown passes (6 two times vs. Michigan State and also vs. Utah); season completion percentage (71.9 in 2021); season (369.6 in 2021) and career passing yards per game (290.1); season and career 300-yard games (9 in 2021; and 15); season and career 400-yard passing games (5 ini 2021); season and career passer efficiency rating (186.6 in 2021; and 182.39); consecutive pass completions (17 vs. Michigan State in 2021); and most games vs. Big Ten teams with five or more TD passes (seven)
• Total offense records include single game total offense (583 in 2021 vs. Utah); average total offensive yards for a season (367.9) and career (294.9)
• Set five Rose Bowl game records vs. Utah: 573 passing yards; six touchdown passes; 583 yards of total offense; TDs (6); and points (36) responsible for
• Spectacular against No. 1 Georgia in 2022 Peach Bowl with 348 passing yards, four TDs, no interceptions and 71 rushing yards in a last-second, 42-41 defeat, with none of his Top 5 weapons (Marvin Harrison Jr.,  Jaxon Smith-Njigba, TreVeyon Henderson, Miyan Williams and Cade Stover) available for either the game or second half
• Honored five times as Big Ten’s offensive player of the week and seven times in 2021 as freshman of the week
• A two-time Maxwell Award National Player of the Week in 2022: following six-TD, 361-yard game vs. Michigan State and also after five-TD, 297-yard game vs. Indiana
• Named Walter Camp National Player of the Week Nov. 21, 2021 after a spectacular first half against No. 7 Michigan State when he completed 29 of 31 passes for 393 yards and a school record-tying six touchdowns
• The first Ohio State quarterback to throw five TD passes without an interception in back to back games (2021 vs. Rutgers and Maryland)
• Topped those 10 TDs in consecutive games without an interception by throwing 11 TD passes without an interception vs. nationally ranked Purdue and Michigan State, including a school record-tying six vs. MSU
• Entered the 2021 season without a collegiate pass attempt as he appeared in only three games as a true freshman in 2020: vs. Rutgers, vs. Michigan State and vs. Clemson in the CFP Semifinals
• Had a 48-yard rushing touchdown in the fourth quarter vs. the Spartans in 2020

Honors & Awards
2022: Heisman Trophy finalist, Big Ten Conference Offensive Player of the Year, Big Ten Quarterback of the Year, Team captain, Second-team All-American (Walter Camp Foundation, CBS Sports and American Football Coaches Association)
2021: Heisman Trophy finalist, Big Ten Conference Offensive Player of the Year, Big Ten Quarterback of the Year, Big Ten Freshman of the Years, Third-team All-American (Associated Press), Freshman All-American (The Athletic)

2021 Heisman Candidate Page

More on C.J.
• A five-star prospect who was rated as the nation’s No. 2 pro style quarterback and a top 50 player regardless of position
• Was one of the top performers at the Elite 11 Finals, earning MVP honors
• Had a spectacular senior season for Rancho Cucamonga and head coach Mark Verti, throwing for 3,878 yards and 47 touchdowns in 13 games
• Completed 66 percent of his passes
• Led Rancho Cucamonga to the state semifinals and a 9-4 record
• Amassed 6,221 yards passing as a starter during his junior and season seasons
• Had just 15 interceptions in 754 career pass attempts
• Played in the All-American Bowl on Jan. 4 in San Antonio
• Is the son of Coleridge and Kimberly Stroud, and has two older brothers, Isaiah and Asmar, and an older sister, Cieara
• Born Oct. 3, 2001

Signing Day Profile