Four from SEC included in early Heisman odds for 2014


Online sportsbook Bovada recently posted their Heisman odds for the 2014 season, and four SEC players are included in the top 15 in odds.

Related: SDS’ early Heisman contenders 2014

Jameis Winston tops the list, following by two QBs in Marcus Mariota and Braxton Miller. Alabama running back TJ Yeldon tops the SEC’s contenders.

  • Jameis Winston, QB, FSU: 2/1
  • Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon: 7/2
  • Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State: 4/1
  • TJ Yeldon, RB, Alabama: 5/1
  • Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor: 6/1
  • Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA: 12/1
  • Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia: 12/1
  • Mike Davis, RB, South Carolina: 15/1
  • Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin: 16/1
  • Everett Golson, QB, Notre Dame: 25/1
  • Trevor Knight, Oklahoma: 25/1
  • Duke Johnson, RB, Miami: 33/1
  • Karlos Williams, RB, FSU: 33/1
  • Dak Prescott, QB, Miss St: 40/1
  • Matt Johnson, QB, Bowling Green: 66/1
  • Rakeem Cato, QB, Marshall: 66/1

I would certainly add Auburn QB Nick Marshall in the top 15. He has a much better shot than either of the last two candidates. No quarterback in the country improved as much as Marshall, and he’s an exceptional athlete.

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  • Assuming Gurley stays healthy, I think he should be the highest rated back in the SEC. Yeldon is a great back, but there were times this year where I felt Kenyan Drake outshined him. And Derrick Henry put on quite the show in the Sugar Bowl. Mike Davis is also a great back. He should have a huge part in whether or not the gamecocks win 11+ games this season

    • Wes, only as to the point regarding Gurley being the highest rated back, a common mistake people make is thinking that Heisman voters have completely broken free from the concept that the Heisman winner should be the best player on the best team. A perfect example would be AJ McCarron finishing second this past year. He’s a very good CFB QB, but he is certainly not better than Manziel and my personal opinion (which is likely shared by many) is that Aaron Murray is better than McCarron, too. So, following that line of reasoning Yeldon has higher odds than Gurley because Yeldon is expected to be the star RB on a team expected to contend (yet again) for the national championship. UGA is expected to do well, but does not have as high of a chance of the natty. Hence, Yeldon’s odds are higher.
      Wow, I just wasted a lot of time for nothing, but I’m gonna post this anyway.

  • you left out Dak Prescott who is #15 on their list at 40/1

  • Marcus Murphy will get most of Henry Josey’s playbook in 2014 (over 2,000 yards for Josey-Murphy-Hansborough). Consider the fact that Murphy had one of the best yards/carry in the nation 2013, he has to be a strong candidate by mid-season. Sophomore Mauk, already has 3 SEC victories under his belt, (and look at his Cottonbowl performance) should already be on the list. Missouri has 3 NFL QBs playing right now. Franklin might also sign a contract. If you examine Mauk from Jon Cooper’s most likely to pan out perspective then the best player in college football 2014, might be from #4 Missouri.

  • 3 SEC victories and he is considered for the Heisman? Because Mizzou has 3 NFL QB’s? Sure ! Weldon has better odds than Gurly?

    • I will give Wolfman credit for one thing: he is consistent in his diehard support for Mizzou and its players, no matter how unreasonable his opinion may be or how shaky the evidence used to support it may be.

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