If not Johnny Football, then who? Recent reports about Texas A&M's Johnny Manziel have jumbled a lot of things, including the early college football betting on who will win the Heisman Trophy this year.
Not too long ago the first freshman to ever win the coveted award seemed like a very good bet to become the second player ever to win it twice.
But while Manziel is still considered likely to play, can he repeat his amazing performance of last season? The dual-threat redshirt freshman caught a lot of people by surprise last year, including defensive coordinators. He won't be able to do that this year.
Before the autograph allegations arose most books were listing Manziel at odds of around 4/1 to capture the Heisman this year. Those odds plunged all the way to 15/1. Sounds like somebody thinks Johnny Football might be in a little trouble.
Amid all the questions surrounding Manziel, Ohio State QB Braxton Miller has become the new favorite on most 2013 Heisman Trophy-betting boards. As of early this week, books such as Sports Interaction were listing Miller at the top of the Heisman boards at odds around 9/2.
Miller broke loose last year as a sophomore, throwing for 2,000 yards and 15 touchdowns and running for 1,200 yards and 13 more scores. And with Ohio State done with its postseason ban Miller stands a good chance of leading his team to one of the two big games to be played at the Rose Bowl this January, which never hurts one's Heisman hopes.
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The only (primarily) defensive player to ever win the Heisman remains Michigan's Charles Woodson, who played defensive back for the Wolverines in 1997 (and scored four touchdowns on two catches, a run and a punt return). But in the betting for this year's Heisman, South Carolina DL Jadeveon Clowney, he of that massive hit on Michigan's Vincent Smith in last year's Outback Bowl, is the second choice on Bovada's board at 6/1.
Following Clowney in Heisman betting future odds are Louisville QB Teddy Bridgewater at 9/1; Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron at 10/1; Oregon QB Marcus Mariota at 12/1; Georgia QB Aaron Murray, Crimson Tide running back TJ Yeldon and Clemson QB Tajh Boyd each at 14/1; Oregon RB De'Anthony Thomas and Miami RB Duke Johnson at 16/1; Southern Cal WR Marqise Lee at 22/1; and Michigan QB Devin Gardner, Nebraska QB Taylor Martinez and Stanford QB Kevin Logan at 25/1.
Of the 77 Heisman Trophies awarded, 31 have been won by quarterbacks, including 11 of the last 13.