Ohio State QB Braxton Miller will reportedly miss the upcoming season with a shoulder injury, knocking out one of the early contenders for the 2014 Heisman Trophy. Which preseason favorites have the best chance to win the award this year?
Jameis Winston - 9/2 odds
The Florida State QB became just the second freshman to ever win the Heisman Trophy last year, and he'll try to become the first player since 1975 to win it in back-to-back seasons this year. Can he continue to put up impressive numbers after losing his top receiver, Kelvin Benjamin, to the NFL this offseason?
Marcus Mariota - 5/1 odds
QB of the Oregon Ducks, Mariota was a favorite to win the award last season before several bad games against PAC 12 opponents late in the season derailed him. If Winston falters, Mariota should be able to learn his lesson from last year and stay consistent enough to win the trophy this year.
Brett Hundley - 10/1 odds
UCLA's do-everything QB has improved every year under Jim Mora Jr. and seems primed to take "the leap" to college football superstardom. If he can help the Bruins win the PAC 12, it will be difficult to argue against him being the most valuable player in college football.
Bryce Petty - 12/1 odds
Art Briles may get all of the credit for Baylor's exciting offense, but that doesn't mean the players won't contend for awards by being a part of it. Petty was one of college's best QBs last year and opted to return for his senior season in an effort to do better. His stats could be too much for the Heisman voters to pass up.
Melvin Gordon - 12/1 odds
The first non-QB on this list, Wisconsin's RB will be the centerpiece of one of college football's best rushing attacks yet again. Gordon ran for over 1600 yards and 12 TDs in just 13 games last year, with an impressive 7.8 yards per carry average. If he can manage to improve on those numbers, he'll find himself among the finalists in New York City.
Odds courtesy of Bovada
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