Major CFB analyst says Cam Ward not 2024 Heisman contender with Miami football

Dec 17, 2022; Inglewood, CA, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
Dec 17, 2022; Inglewood, CA, USA; Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports /

Fox Sports lead College analyst Joel Klatt said on his podcast on Monday that he doesn’t see Washington State transfer quarterback Cam Ward as a Heisman Trophy contender with the Miami football team. Klatt does believe in the right situation that Ward would be a Heisman Trophy contender.

Klatt listed Florida State as potentially one of those programs with Ohio State an even better fit. Ward is visiting Miami on Tuesday after Kansas State transfer QB Will Howard visited on Monday. Clayton Thune put up Heisman-like numbers under Miami offense coordinator Shannon Dawson for Houston in 2022.

Thune completed 68.3 percent of his passes for 3,544 passing yards, 30 touchdowns and 10 interceptions with 544 rushing yards and another five scores. Ward completed 65.5 percent of his pass attempts for 6,968 yards, 48 TDs and 16 interceptions with 202 rushing yards and 13 scores in two seasons at Washington State

In 2023 Ward completed 66.6 percent of his passes for 3,736 yards, 25 touchdowns and seven interceptions with 144 yards rushing and another eight scores. Ward has the potential to put up big numbers in the Dawson offense as somewhere between a dual-threat QB and a more traditional pro-style passer.

"“If he goes to Miami? I don’t see him being in the Heisman race. I don’t see Miami having the type of team season that it would require for him to go do that.”"

Miami projects to return its two leading receivers, Jacolby George and Xavier Restrepo. Third leading receiver Colbie Young entered the transfer portal. If Ward commits to Miami, the Hurricanes could attract high-level transfer WRs. One transfer WR to watch is Miami native Ja’Corey Brooks who is transferring from Alabama.

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Miami showed signs offensively in 2023. Too often Tyler Van Dyke throwing interceptions hindered the Miami offense. Ward has done a far better job taking care of the ball than Van Dyke in his collegiate career. With Ward playing under Dawson the Miami offense can improve significantly.