C.J. Stroud is an American football quarterback currently playing for the Ohio State Buckeyes. He was born on January 2, 2002, in Rancho Cucamonga, California, and grew up playing football in the state. He led Ohio State to a Big Ten championship and a Rose Bowl victory in 2021, being named the Big Ten’s Offensive Player of the Year, and finishing fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting. Get all of the latest C.J. Stroud news here!
In high school, Stroud played for the Rancho Cucamonga High School football team and was ranked as a four-star recruit by various scouting services. He ultimately committed to Ohio State in November 2019, and enrolled there in January 2020.
During his freshman season in 2020, Stroud served as the backup quarterback to Justin Fields. However, he saw playing time in several games and completed 13 of 22 passes for 185 yards and two touchdowns.
In 2021, Stroud became Ohio State’s starting quarterback. He had a breakout season, passing for 3,862 yards and 38 touchdowns, leading the Buckeyes to the Big Ten championship and a Rose Bowl victory over Utah. He was named the Big Ten’s Offensive Player of the Year and finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting.
At 6’3″ and 215 pounds, Stroud has been praised for his arm strength, accuracy, and decision-making on the field. He is considered one of the top quarterback prospects in college football and is expected to continue to excel at the collegiate level.