After dicing up the Alabama Crimson Tide defense last month for 347 passing yards and three touchdowns, showing the entire nation he’s one bad dude, no player entered the college football offseason with more hype than Clemson Tigers quarterback Trevor Lawrence. It’s safe to say he’s just getting warmed up, too.
If a commanding 44-16 victory over Alabama in the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship game wasn’t enough, the 19-year-old, sophomore-to-be signal caller was the very early favorite to win the 2019 Heisman Trophy, according to Bovada in Las Vegas, Nevada and he continues to stay atop the list.
The 6-foot-5 quarterback with a rocket right arm and long hair is the officially the new gold standard to match next season and has been since early January.
This really should come as no surprise. Sure, Alabama quarterback Tua Tagovailoa dominated SEC defenses to become a 2018 Heisman Trophy finalist and runner-up, but Lawrence is the hot name right now, and he won the big game. That’s why he is picked to follow Oklahoma Sooners quarterback Kyler Murray from the Big 12 as the winner of college football’s most prestigious award.
So, who has the best odds to be the 2019 Heisman Trophy winner this December in New York City? Let’s take a look a few weeks after the end of the college football season:
Trevor Lawrence, Clemson (+200)
2018 Stats: 259-for-397 passing (65.2 percent), 3280 yards, 30 touchdowns, 4 interceptions; 60 carries, 177 yards, 1 touchdown
Although he truly shined throughout the CFP, especially in the national title game, Lawrence was really sensational all season long. As a true freshman, the Cartersville, Georgia native proved he belonged and made secondaries look foolish time and time again. The scary thing is Lawrence might be even better in 2019.
Tua Tagovailoa, Alabama (+500)
2018 Stats: 245-for-355 passing (69 percent), 3,966 yards, 43 touchdowns, 6 interceptions; 57 carries, 190 yards, 5 touchdowns
After the season he had, some might say it’s unfair for Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa to not be the favorite heading into his junior campaign in Tuscaloosa. However, in two of the biggest games of the season — the SEC Championship Game and CFP National Championship Game — the 6-foot-1 signal caller from Ewa Beach, Hawaii did not play great. Alabama and head coach Nick Saban will return a lot of playmakers with NFL talent next season, so don’t ever count out Tagovailoa, who helped the Tide become an offensive juggernaut after replacing starter Jalen Hurts.
Jalen Hurts, Oklahoma (+700)
2018 Stats: 51-for-70 Passing (72.9 Percent), 765 Yards, 8 Touchdowns, 2 Interceptions; 36 carries, 167 yards, 2 touchdowns
Well, well. Who do we have here? Could Hurts, who transferred to the Sooners from Alabama this offseason, be the third-straight Oklahoma quarterback to take home the Heisman Trophy? It’s definitely possible, especially since his odds have skyrocketed since his announcement to leave Tuscaloosa for Norman. He doesn’t have the stats like either Lawrence or Tagovailoa, but that’s only because he didn’t play much last year and will have one more college football season to prove just how good he really is.
Justin Fields, Ohio State (+900)
2018 Stats: 27-for-39 passing (69.2 percent), 328 yards, 4 touchdowns; 42 carries, 266 yards, 4 touchdowns
Jake Fromm was so good, it made this former five-star leave his home state to play for the Buckeyes, and now he has even better odds to take home the Heisman Trophy. A dual-threat quarterback, Fields has as much talent as anyone in the country and it’s going to be interesting to see what he can do under head coach Ryan Day. With Fields eligible, don’t be surprised to see his name in this discussion all season long and follow in the footsteps of Dwayne Haskins to NYC. He’s that good.
Jake Fromm, Georgia (+1400)
2018 Stats: 206-for-306 passing (67.3 percent), 2,749 yards, 30 touchdowns, 6 interceptions
The Georgia Bulldogs didn’t make the College Football Playoff again like they wanted to, but that’s not because Fromm wasn’t good. In fact, he was even better his sophomore season than when he led Kirby Smart’s team to the title game as a true freshman. The 6-foot-2, 220-pound superstar quarterback has what it takes to be a Heisman winner, and there’s no doubt that will show once again in 2019.
Travis Etienne, Clemson (+1400)
2018 Stats: 204 carries, 1,658 yards, 24 touchdowns; 12 receptions, 78 yards, 2 touchdowns
Since 2010, this award has been dominated by the quarterback position. Only Alabama’s Derrick Henry was able to take home the Heisman in 2015 as a running back. Still, the 5-foot-10, 200-pound running back from Jennings, Louisiana is an all-world talent and is poised for an amazing junior season in the ACC in 2019. The combination of Lawrence’s arm and Etienne’s legs make the Clemson Tigers scary good once again next year.
Jonathan Taylor, Wisconsin (+1400)
2018 Stats: 307 carries, 2,194 yards, 16 touchdowns; 8 catches, 60 yards
A two-time Consensus First-Team All-Big Ten selection, the 5-foot-11, 215-pound Taylor is undoubtedly one of college football’s best running backs. He has the size to power his way up the middle and the speed to turn the corner and take it to the end zone. Don’t ever sleep on Taylor’s ability because he very well could earn a trip to New York City this fall.
Other Heisman Trophy odds include:
— Georgia running back D’Andre Swift (+1500)
— Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book (+1800)
— Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert (+1800)
— Texas quarterback Sam Ehlinger (+1800)
— Michigan quarterback Shea Patterson (+2200)
— Alabama wide receiver Jerry Jeudy (+3000)
— Alabama running back Najee Harris (+3000)
— Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez (+3500)
— West Virginia quarterback Austin Kendall (+3500)
— Purdue wide receiver Rondale Moore (+3500)
— Clemson wide receiver Tee Higgins (+3500)
— Miami quarterback Tate Martell (+4000)
— Standford quarterback K.J. Costello (+5000)
— Missouri quarterback Kelly Bryant (+5000)
— Arizona quarterback Khalil Tate (+5000)
— Houston quarterback D’Eriq King (+5500)
— Arizona State running back Eno Benjamin (+5500)
— Boston College running back AJ Dillon (+7500)
— Oklahoma State wide receiver Tylan Wallace (+8000).