The Heisman Trophy has been dominated by the Quaterback for the past 20 years. This season however, two Running Backs are leading the charge according to Vegas odds. They are Jonathon Taylor from Wisconsin and Bryce Love from Stanford. Since 2000, only three Running Backs have managed to raise the Heisman Trophy (Reggie Bush, Mark Ingram and Derrick Henry).
Get to know each of the Heisman favorites for the upcoming season and who I think is a good bet at this point in time.
These odds are all found via (Oddsshark)
Jonathon Taylor – RB (Wisconsin) +750
In his Freshman season at Wisconsin, Jonathon Taylor managed to rack up 1,977 yards rushing on 299 attempts and had 13 Touchdowns. That put him at 32nd all time for most yards in a single season.
Taylor was originally committed to Rutgers, but seems to have made a good decision heading to Madison. He is excellent at breaking tackles and getting to the next level, where he has the speed to run past anyone. Expect him to put up close to or more than 2,000 yards once again next season.
If you’re trying to play it safe with your money, Taylor is a decent bet.
Bryce Love – RB (Stanford) +800
Love will be a Senior next season for the Cardinal as he spent his first two seasons sitting behind former Heisman runner-up Christian McCaffrey. Last season he rushed for 2,118 yards on only 263 attempts and had 19 Touchdowns.
Love is quite skinny at 196 lbs and standing 5’10” tall, but he has the speed to burst through holes and go straight to the endzone. To compare, Jonathon Taylor is 214 lbs and 5’11”, making him better at breaking some arm tackles that could bring down Bryce Love.
It feels like Stanford is due for a Heisman winner as they’ve seen many runner ups in recent past (Toby Gerhart, Andrew Luck and McCaffrey). I would consider Love to be my frontrunner at this moment in time.
Tua Tagovailoa – QB (Alabama) +900
Not a lot of people knew about Tua Tagovailoa until the beginning of the 2nd half of the National Championship game. As the backup QB, he came in almost every game once Alabama started blowing people out. In the title game, he came in to replace Jalen Hurts after his struggles put Alabama down 13-0 at halftime. Tagovailoa led Alabama to an Overtime victory over Georgia, including throwing the game winning bomb on 2nd and 26.
Tua had a 64% completion percentage while throwing 11 Touchdowns and 2 Interceptions. He also averaged 4.9 yards a carry and had 2 rushing Touchdowns.
Tua is the sexy pick of the bunch and will be very exciting to root for if you do decide to put your money on him.
Trevor Lawrence – QB (Clemson) +900
If you don’t know who this girly looking kid is, you will soon. He was the #2 rated player on ESPN 300 and was a killer on the well known series “Elite 11”. It should be known that Senior Clemson QB Kelly Bryant is +2000 to win the Heisman.
In High School Lawrence threw 161 Touchdowns and 21 Interceptions in four seasons as a starter. He also managed to throw for over 3,000 yards each season. High School stats are always a little skewed, but this man knows to sling the ball around.
From a betting standpoint, I would stay away from Lawrence with the uncertainty of who the starter at Clemson will be next season.
Jake Fromm – QB (Georgia) +1200
Fromm was very impressive as a Freshman last season and even led his team to the National Championship game vs Alabama after a hard fought win over a Baker Mayfield led Oklahoma team.
He threw for 2,615 yards on a 62% completion rate with 24 Touchdowns and 7 Interceptions. Oddly enough, the #1 ranked player in the ESPN 300 (Justin Fields) committed to play at Georgia even after Fromm’s great season.
If you’re looking for a decent return on your money, Fromm is a solid bet.
Khalil Tate – QB (Arizona) +1400
For some unknown reason, Rich Rodriguez decided to keep Tate as a backup to Brandon Dawkins until almost halfway through his Sophomore season. Tate was clearly more productive and even managed to get some Heisman buzz with not even a full season at starting QB.
Tate threw for 1,591 yards on 62% completion with 14 Touchdowns and 9 Interceptions. BUT HE RAN for 1,411 yards and 12 Touchdowns on 9.2 yards a carry. This man is crazy with his feet and will be very fun to watch next season in Kevin Sumlin’s offense.
These picks will give you great return for your money and I feel like they have a good shot at winning the award at the end of next season.
Rodney Anderson – RB (Oklahoma) +2500
Now that Baker Mayfield has headed to the pros, we have now entered the Rodney Anderson and Kyler Murray era. Anderson ran for 1,161 yards on 188 attempts with 13 Touchdowns. He also caught 5 Touchdowns on 281 yards receiving.
With Murray being more of an unknown for the Sooners, it could be Rodney Anderson’s time to shine. I would be hesistant however as no University has had back to back Heisman winners since USC in 2004 (Matt Leinart) and 2005 (Reggie Bush).
Will Grier – QB (West Virginia) +2000
Will Grier has impressed no matter where he plays. His Freshman season he played 6 games for Florida and was dominating until he got suspended for taking a banned substance. He decided to transfer to West Virginia where he sat out a year.
Last season he posted 3,490 yards passing on a 64% completion rate with 34 Touchdowns and 12 Interceptions. I think if West Virginia ends up having a good record next season, Grier will be in serious consideration for the Heisman.