Fox college football analyst Joel Klatt is all in on Max Duggan as a Heisman trophy candidate and compared him to a former winner and national champion.
“Max Duggan you are on my Heisman shortlist and I love every moment of it,” Klatt said on Twitter. “He’s one of the most strong-willed competitors I’ve seen in a long time. There’s a little bit of (Tim) Tebow in him in that sense.”
Tebow won two national championships at Florida and the 2007 Heisman trophy while being a three-time All-American and two-time winner of the Maxwell Award.
For Duggan to be mentioned in the same conversation with one of college football’s greatest players of all-time is just the latest sign of how much the senior has improved under head coach Sonny Dykes.
Duggan doesn’t have the resume of Tebow, obviously, but there are a few things he does better than the former first round pick.
“He may throw it better down the field, I think we can all admit that,” Klatt said. Let’s also add Duggan being faster than Tebow to the discussion, as he’s shown off his track speed on numerous occasions this year leading the Horned Frogs.
Klatt’s overall point is not to say Duggan is about to supplant Tebow or any of the other all-time great college quarterbacks. It’s about the resiliency Duggan has shown, and it’s also clear that he it’s trickling down to the team after two comeback wins over Top 25 opponents.
”He’s not the tallest, he’s not the fastest, doesn’t have the best arm, it’s not the most accurate arm, but he’s just not going to quit. So, fine, get a double digit lead on TCU at your own peril. Because here he comes, Max Duggan, here he comes,” Klatt said.
While Duggan may not have some of the traits of potential NFL first-round picks like Alabama’s Bryce Young or Ohio State’s CJ Stroud, it’s important not to sell his pro prospects short.
Klatt isn’t the only one taking notice of Duggan’s improvement. The Reese’s Senior Bowl listed Duggan as their Stock Up Player of the Week. The Senior Bowl is the biggest postseason all-star football game played in the sport and has helped many prospects rise up draft boards, especially quarterbacks.
Executive Director Jim Nagy had this to say about Duggan’s rising stock: “Max Duggan began the year in big clump of later Day 3 QBs on (the Senior Bowl) board but we’ve pushed him up after an incredible first half of the season. Plenty to like on tape, including his speed. True dual-threat,” Nagy said.
If TCU keeps winning and Duggan continues to perform at the level he has, then he won’t just remain in the conversation for the Heisman. He could become an attractive option for an NFL franchise. Who would’ve thought that was possible at the beginning of the year?
This story was originally published October 26, 2022 11:00 AM.