The Heisman trophy is arguably the most prestigious individual award in college football. Most years, it seems to be awarded to the best quarterback that particular year. In fact since 1988, only 10 non-qbs have captured the title, including a “defensive” player (9 if you uphold the vacated Heisman for Reggie Bush). There are a few years where one could argue that the QB selected for the Heisman did not necessarily deserve it over some skill position players.
For example, (this is personal opinion) in 2011, Wisconsin RB Montee Ball rushed for 1759 yards and 32 TDs but Robert Griffin III took home the title. The reason I bring this up is because 2018 may be a year that a non-qb captures the bronzed hardware. In this article, we will look at the skill position players who have a chance at taking home that stiff-arm statue.
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BRYCE LOVE – 6/1
Last year’s runner-up, if Love can duplicate the 2017 performance he’s got the Heisman locked up. Voters will award him based on a two year body of work, even though it is only supposed to be one. Unless a QB has a 5,000 yard season with 40+ TDs, Bryce Love is your 2018 Heisman trophy winner. 6/1 doesn’t sound great but this may be a slam dunk if he can stay healthy. $50 max bet here.
J.K. Dobbins – 20/1
For purposes of this article, we’ll say Bryce Love has a tough year or gets injured. Ohio State RB J.K. Dobbins rushed for 1,403 yards and 7TDs as a freshman. He ran for 174 alone in the Big Ten title game vs Wisconsin in route to capturing MVP honors. He is also only the 4th freshman in OSU history to rush for 1,000 yards (1st since Maurice Clarett). If Dobbins can push his total to around 1,700-1,800 yards and get into double digit touchdowns, then he has a pretty great chance to be sitting in Manhattan come December. New OSU QB Dwayne Haskins will definitely have coaches utilizing conservative play calling early in the year, so Dobbins should get lots of touches early. East coast voter bias could boost Mr. Dobbins as well. 20/1 is great value here. $20 on Dobbins.
Myles Gaskin – 100/1
Here is your “lottery ticket” pick as Gaskin has increased his yardage total each year and plays in the same conference and division as Bryce Love. That means the two backs are going to go head to head this year. Gaskin has been Washington’s starting running back since his true freshman year in 2015. The first true freshman in Husky history to rush for over 1,000 yards, finishing with 1,302 on 227 carries. He also set a freshman record with 14 rushing touchdowns. Gaskin played in all 14 games of his sophomore season, amassing 1,373 yards and 10 touchdowns. I look for 1600 and 20 TDs for Gaskin this year as long as they aren’t involved in to many blowouts that cause Gaskin to sit out. $5-$10 on Myles, no more.