Quarterbacks have come to dominate the Heisman Trophy conversation.
Since the new millennium, only two non-quarterbacks have won the award. One of them was Reggie Bush, so technically only one non-quarterback has won the award and the forgot to hold a ceremony in 2005.
Bovada released its odds of the top players vying for the most prestigious individual accolade in the FBS, and no surprise, it’s dominated by signal-callers.
Lamar Jackson returns as the reigning Heisman Trophy winner. Previous winners who have returned for another season have seldom faired well, and only Archie Griffin has repeated in receiving the honors in ’74 and ’75. In fact, the move usually cost players millions of dollars (just ask Matt Leinart).
If the way Jackson’s season ended is any indication of how he’ll look this year, his name will drop off the top of the list fairly quickly.
Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield is currently being given the best odds, while Ohio State’s JT Barrett is a close second. Barrett will have a new offensive coordinator this season, so that might factor into his success or his struggles.
Keep in mind how much can change before today and the night of the ceremony. Last year, everyone thought Christian McCaffery would be walking up to the podium in December.
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