A Tennessee player has never won the Heisman. It’s far too early to say if this could be the year that changes that, but UT certainly has a couple skill players who are at least garnering some attention from Vegas bookmakers over the course of the offseason.
Quarterback Joshua Dobbs and running back Jalen Hurd, who were both also long-shot Heisman contenders in the preseason last year, are back on the boards this year. In the latest updated odds from the Westgame Las Vegas Superbook, both actually took a slight step down in odds, but both remain very much on the board.
Dobbs went from 30:1 to 35:1 odds. Hurd, meanwhile, dropped from 40:1 to 45:1. They are ranked 17th and 20th, respectively, in the latest odds. It’s a fairly stacked field this year with a pair of Heisman finalists from last year – Stanford’s Christian McCaffrey and Oklahoma’s Baker Mayfield – returning.
After a fantastic performance in the national title game, Clemson QB Deshaun Watson leads the way with 5:1 odds. LSU running back Leonard Fournette, who looked like the front-runner early last season, comes in tied for second with McCaffrey with 6:1 odds.