Friday, February 8, 2013
Seastrunk the Big 12 Heisman favorite?
By David Ubben
After Joseph Randle elected to take his 1,400 rushing yards to the NFL and skip his senior season, the Big 12 looked pretty thin in terms of Heisman candidates.
The sports betting entertainment website Bovada released its 2013 Heisman odds, and no Big 12 player appeared in the top 15, and no player had better than 20/1 odds. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, the reigning Heisman winner, led the pack, but in what could be a quiet Big 12 season near the top of the final BCS standings ever, the league's Heisman favorite according to the site is the same man who says he's winning the trophy in 2013: Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk.
The last three award winners (Manziel, Robert Griffin III, Cam Newton) emerged from relative preseason obscurity to win the title, so maybe Seastrunk's chances are better than some think, but only one other Big 12 player cracked the list of the top 23 players who could win the award.
He's never even started a game, too. Oklahoma's Blake Bell sits with 30/1 odds and still has to officially win the starting job for the Sooners.
Can one of the league's new starting quarterbacks emerge to win the award like Manziel did? With very little preseason Heisman hype in the league, that may be the Big 12's best chance to win its third Heisman since 2008.