Recent history suggests a quarterback will land college football’s most prestigious award, with the last five and eight of the last nine lining up under centre. However a couple of running backs for big schools could be set for huge years.
Nick Chubb @ 12/1 – Skybet & Bet365
A huge season for Chubb with the Georgia Bulldogs last season, despite having to play second fiddle to Todd Gurley early doors. Averaged a whopping 7.1 yards per carry and destroyed Louisville in the Belk Bowl going for 266 yards at 8.1 YPC. His offensive line features three returning starters including two seniors.
Leonard Fournette @ 12/1 – Paddy Power
Somewhat underwhelming season last year for the number 1 recruit. Made it hard work for himself after striking the Heismann pose in his second every game against lowly FCS school Sam Houston State. Integral part of LSU’s SEC wins over Florida, Ole Miss and Texas A&M and also shredded Notre Dame for 143 yards on only 11 carries in the bowl game. Hopefully he has matured since his Heismann pose and Les Miles really feeds the former number 1 recruit the ball this season.
Those bets may well be for nothing if favourite Trevone Boykin has a great year with TCU. He fits the mold of the recent Heismann winners i.e. dual-threat quarterback (Mariota, Manziel, Tebow). With that said we should add a signal caller to the mix for interest…
DeShaun Watson @ 28/1 – Coral
Extensive playing time as a true freshman last season at Clemson despite being severely hampered by injuries. Started the season as the #2 but was soon given the starters gig for game 4 vs UNC and proceeded to light it up, throwing six touchdowns and over 400 yards. A week 6 injury derailed what was turning into an impressive campaign for Watson. He would start only one further game late in the season against rivals South Carolina, playing with a torn ACL, Despite the injury he led Clemson to an impressive one, tallying four total touchdowns without turning the ball over. Off-season ACL surgery has gone smoothly and 28/1 looks too big for a player with a skillset similar to the market leaders at the position – Boykin and Prescott.