Tuesday, February 5, 2013
SEC players among early Heisman favorites
By Chris Low
The sports betting site Bovada released its 2013 Heisman Trophy odds this week (only for entertainment purposes, of course), and it's no surprise that Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel is atop the list.
Never mind that Ohio State's Archie Griffin is the only player to have won two Heisman trophies (1974 and 1975). Manziel will go into the 2013 season as the guy to beat for college football's most prestigious individual award.
In recent years, Florida's Tim Tebow and Alabama's Mark Ingram have been in that same position, but didn't pull off the double.
So regardless of what the oddsmakers say, Manziel faces an uphill task of trying to win the Heisman for a second year in a row.
According to Bovada, Manziel is a 4-to-1 favorite. The No. 2 player on that list is Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller at 7-1.
There are four SEC players in the top 8. Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray is listed at 8-1 along with Oregon running back De'Anthony Thomas.
Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron and South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney are both listed at 12-1 along with Miami running back Duke Johnson and Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater.
Clowney is the only defensive player on the list. Still, it's a little surprising that he's not listed with better odds.
He'll be one of the hottest players in the country going into next season, and you know his devastating hit in the Outback Bowl will be shown over and over again on every preview show.
Ultimately, it's going to be difficult for any defensive player to win the award. But if Clowney is pushing 20 sacks and the Gamecocks win at least 10 games, he'll be in the middle of the conversation.
The most surprising SEC player to get a mention by Bovada was Florida quarterback Jeff Driskel, who's listed at 30-1.
Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon is 18-1, but Georgia running back Todd Gurley was not listed.
What about Alabama receiver Amari Cooper?
Only two receivers were listed -- USC's Marqise Lee (9-1) and Maryland's Stefon Diggs (40-1).