It’s never too early to speculate on things, and to that end updated odds on who will win the 2019 Heisman Trophy have been posted widely. Our odds here come from FanDuel’s sports book.
The co-favorites, to no surprise, are Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa Clemson quarterback Trevor Lawrence at +250, followed by Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts (+1100), Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor (+1400) and Georgia running back De’Andre Swift (+1400). Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields and Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm both come in at +1600, followed by Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez (+1800).
Among that top group, Swift and Martinez are the most interesting. Martinez had a solid freshman season under Cornhuskers’ head coach Scott Frost in 2018, with 25 total touchdowns (17 passing, eight rushing) as he completed nearly 65 percent of his passes. Vegas is clearly betting on a breakout, as he heads into a second season running Frost’s offense. Six weeks ago, Martinez was listed at another site at 35/1 to win the 2019 Heisman.
Swift had over 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns for the Bulldogs last season, but he had just 163 carries with no more than 17 in any game. But Elijah Holyfield is gone, along with his 159 carries in 2018, so Swift has a clear path to being a 200-plus carry workhorse.
Next up, at +2200, is Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert and Clemson running back Travis Etienne. Then comes Houston quarterback D’Eriq King (+2900) and Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (+3400). At +3600, there’s Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book, Arizona State running back Eno Benjamin, Alabama running back Najee Harris, Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson and Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger.
An interesting dark horse bet is Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate, at +4500. He was a revelation in 2017, with over 3,900 total yards (1,411 rushing yards) and 38 total touchdowns despite only seeing significant action in nine games, and entered 2018 as a fringe Heisman candidate. But Kevin Sumlin tried to make him into a pocket passer last year, to dismal effect (56.3 percent completion rate; 224 rushing yards). If Tate is let loose as a runner this year, the door is open for him to enter the Heisman conversation.