With spring ball kicked off for just about every team, speculation surrounding this coming season’s Heisman Trophy is ramping up. DraftKings Sportsbook and FanDuel Sportsbook dropped their 2022 Heisman Trophy odds Friday. Reigning Heisman winner Bryce Young hovers around the top, but Ohio State’s CJ Stroud is the current favorite. What other players should you have an eye on? Are there any longshots worth mentioning?
Any player not listed has odds greater than +5000.
2022 Heisman Trophy Odds: The Favorites
CJ Stroud, QB, Ohio State (+250): It may come as a surprise that Stroud jumps Young on the boards. Stroud was a Heisman finalist last season, but was voted fourth off the back of a disappointing loss to Michigan. Ohio State has large and by far the most talented receiving corps in the nation despite losing two potential first-round receivers in Chris Olave and Garrett Wilson. Stroud is extremely talented and is surrounded by the most talent. His numbers are going to be gaudy, whether or not he wins the Heisman.
Bryce Young, QB, Alabama (+400): In his first year starting, Bryce Young lit the college football world on fire. He led Alabama to a National Championship appearance but squeaked by a weak field of Heisman finalists. He loses his two top receiving options, Jameson Williams and John Metchie III, but Alabama is a talent factory – particularly at the receiver position. No matter who suits up for the Crimson Tide, they’re going to be in the Heisman discussion.
2022 Heisman Trophy Odds: The Contenders
Caleb Williams, QB, USC (+1200): Lincoln Riley has a proven track record of turning quarterbacks into Heisman candidates. Williams showed flashes of downright greatness in big spots. However, he was also prone to making the type of mistakes that young quarterbacks often do – trying too hard to make the play and turning the ball over. How Riley and Williams mesh at USC will be interesting to watch. Chances are, we’ll know if Williams is a contender or not from the first one or two games.
Tyler Van Dyke, QB, Miami (+3000): Outside of south Florida, there weren’t many eyes on the Miami Hurricanes. TVD wasn’t the starter Week 1 for Miami, but assumed the role midseason as a true freshman. He was 11th in QBR and he threw at least three touchdowns in each of his last six games. In that six game stretch– which included upsets over NC State and Pitt– Miami went 5-1. In college football, late season momentum gained under a quarterback change is something to ride into the following season. They also upgraded in the coaching ranks with Mario Cristobal.
Dillon Gabriel, QB, Oklahoma (+4000): Years off tend to make fans forget how good or bad a player is. Dillion Gabriel has ludicrous numbers he put up at UCF and follows his old offensive coordinator Jeff Leby to Norman. How the Sooners operate under defensive-focused coach Brent Venables is a wild card, but Leby was the coordinator that vaulted Matt Corral to Heisman relevance a year ago. Gabriel’s already thrown for over 8,000 yards and 70 touchdowns in just 26 career games. However, do keep in mind he’s coming off a long term knee injury that took him out for most of the 2021 season.
2022 Heisman Trophy Odds: Longshots To Consider
Cade Klubnik, QB, Clemson (+6000): Wait a minute, a backup? Klubnik is one of the most highly-touted high school recruits in the past few cycles. He joins a Clemson team that just watched their supposed-star QB DJ Uiagalelei severely underwhelm a year ago. Should Klubnik shape out to his expected potential, he could take over during spring football. New offensive coordinator Brandon Streeter was the QB coach at Clemson last season, meaning he’ll be the first guy to call Klubik’s number early on. The Tigers also have a favorable early-season schedule, paving the road for Klubnik to hit the ground running.
Luke Altmyer, QB, Ole Miss (+10000): If you haven’t exited the article by now, you’re willing to hear me out. Maybe you don’t even know who this player is, and I wouldn’t blame you. The nation is in love with Jaxson Dart, but he’s not shown really much of anything (but we’ll get to that). Luke Altmyer’s stat line wasn’t terrific against Baylor in the Sugar Bowl – which he stepped in late for an injured Matt Corral– but his playmaking ability was off the charts. Keep in mind, this guy had never taken a meaningful snap with the Rebels until prime time against one of the nation’s best defenses.
Players To Fade
DJ Uiagalelei, QB, Clemson (+3000): Did we watch him play last year? The argument for DJ U is that he’ll grow into being a prolific quarterback, but that’s a dangerous proposition to bet on. DJ U showed extremely limited to no mobility, a quick panic button, and he just didn’t see the field well. Really only one of those traits is fixable with time. But with an extremely talented QB coming to town, DJ U’s time could be short this season.
Jaxson Dart, QB, Ole Miss (+3000): The bottom line is that we haven’t seen a single exciting thing from Jaxson Dart. He was a highly-touted high school recruit but was 2-4 as a starter at USC with one of those wins coming against a 1-11 Arizona team (at home, by one touchdown … yikes). In his last four starts, Dart threw three touchdowns and three interceptions and went 0-4. Keep in mind, that was against the Pac-12. He now moves into the SEC West. Dart may not start Week 1.
Non-Quarterbacks In The Mix
Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas (+5000): Robinson has been one of the most exciting players in the nation over the last season-and-change. He has a ridiculous career 6.2 yards per carry average and he scored 15 touchdowns last season. Robinson is a threat through the air as well, averaging a career 12.0 yards per reception. Texas has a lot of options, but Robinson should be a bellcow and hang around odds boards this season again.
Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State (+6000): We all saw it in the Rose Bowl where JSN shattered just about every single game receiving record. What you may not have seen is that JSN was Ohio State’s leading receiver in both receptions and yards during the season. He’s been a bonafide go-to option for CJ Stroud, the Heisman favorite. Could JSN ascend to DeVonta Smith-levels of greatness? His old teammates, Olave and Wilson, seem to think so.
TreVeyon Henderson, RB, Ohio State (+8000): Buried under the spotlight that highlights Robinson and Michigan State’s Kennenth Walker III, TreVeyon Henderson was one of the nation’s top weapons. He ranked second in yards per carry and offered yet another receiving option for CJ Stroud. The way Henderson moves is different – fluid, twitchy, and powerful. He’s also often the fastest player on the field.
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