Clemson Tigers star quarterback Deshaun Watson is still the early favorite to win the 2016 Heisman Trophy, according to a tweet from ESPN’s Brett McMurphy, who was quoting the Las Vegas SuperBook.
Watson does indeed have some competition for the upcoming season, namely in LSU running back Leonard Fournette and fellow 2015 Heisman finalist Christian McCaffrey, not to mention Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, and the other prospects mentioned by McMurphy could also end up having a decent shot at the trophy.
But let’s not forget one key fact: Watson has momentum on his side after being a finalist last season only to lose to Alabama running back Derrick Henry. Adding onto that, Watson could easily be playing with a chip on his shoulder after losing to Alabama in the national championship game.
It should also be noted that Watson had a phenomenal 2015 season off of which he can build. He completed nearly 68 percent of his passes for 4,104 yards and 35 touchdowns and also added 1,105 yards and 12 touchdowns on the ground. So long as he stays healthy, he should be expected to repeat that success in 2016.
And if that indeed happens, Watson should once again find himself in the thick of the Heisman race despite a deep talent pool. Arguably, the race could be his to lose.
Still, if Clemson starts rolling towards national championship again, don’t be shocked if the name called at the awards ceremony turns out to be Deshaun Watson.
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