The preseason 2013-14 Heisman Trophy odds have been released on all of the prominent gambling sites, and, as expected, Johnny Manziel leads the pack as we enter June. Manziel looks to become the first back-to-back Heisman winner since Ohio State’s Archie Griffin back in 1975. Sorry, Football, but if Saint TEEEEEBBBBOOOOOWWWWW couldn’t do it, no mere mortal can.
The full list:
* Johnny Manziel (QB Texas A&M) 17/4
* Braxton Miller (QB Ohio State) 13/2
* A.J. McCarron (QB Alabama) 9/1
* Aaron Murray (QB Georgia) 12/1
* Marquis Lee (WR USC) 12/1
* T.J. Yeldon (RB Alabama) 12/1
* Teddy Bridgewater (QB Louisville) 12/1
* De’Anthony Thomas (RB Oregon) 14/1
* Duke Johnson (RB Miami) 14/1
* Jadeveon Clowney (DE South Carolina) 14/1
* Marcus Mariota (QB Oregon) 16/1
* Tajh Boyd (QB Clemson) 16/1
* Taylor Martinez (QB Nebraska) 18/1
* Lache Seastrunk (RB Baylor) 20/1
* Ameer Abdullah (RB Nebraska) 25/1
* Brett Hundley (QB UCLA) 25/1
* Stephen Morris (QB Miami) 25/1
* Devin Gardner (QB Michigan) 33/1
* Blake Bell (QB Oklahoma) 40/1
* Jeff Driskel (QB Florida) 40/1
* Ka’Deem Carey (RB Arizona) 40/1
* Stefon Diggs (WR Maryland) 40/1
A few quick hits.
The fact that Jadeveon Clowney, who is the most talented player on this list, has no chance of winning the Heisman only goes to show how preposterous yet another one of college football’s voting processes is. No defensive player has taken home the hardware from Nokia Theater in New York City since Charles Woodson in 1997, who also had the benefit of being an amazing punt returner. In fact, no strictly-defensive player has ever won the Heisman since its inception in 1935. Because when you have the opportunity as a voter to select Taylor “slightly better arm than Denard Robinson” Martinez over the consensus number one draft pick solely because he plays quarterback at a major school, you ALWAYS do it.
Other preseason favorites to keep an eye out for are Teddy Bridgewater and his ghost of a schedule, Braxton Miller, whose Buckeyes are off probation following an undefeated (albeit extremely lucky) season under Brother Urban Meyer, and Ann Arbor quarterback Devin Gardner, who has been absolute garbage so far in his career (fight me, Wolverines), but looks primed for a breakout season after this past offseason he enlisted the help of “The Quarterback Whisperer” George Whitfield, who served as, wait for it, Johnny Manziel’s mentor last year. With the hype surrounding both Miller and Gardner, it’s quite possible that the Heisman gets decided Saturday, November 30 at the quietest stadium to hold over 100,000 people in the country during The Game in Ann Arbor.
At the end of the day, however, we’re all holding out hope for Manziel. The kid oozes charisma. Even if he falls victim to the sophomore slump, it’s still going to be a sad day for America if Johnny Football and his larger-than-life persona aren’t on stage accepting the Heisman this upcoming winter.
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