Over the years, many players have seemingly come out of nowhere to win the Heisman. Names like Johnny Manziel, Jameis Winston, Lamar Jackson, and Kyler Murray come to mind. In fact, Jackson had 50/1 odds and Murray had 20/1 in the preseason.
J.K. Dobbins, RB, Ohio State
The junior is coming off of his second straight 1,000 yard season at Ohio State and looks prime to breakout even further with Justin Fields pulling the trigger. With more emphasis on the RPO game, Dobbins will have more opportunities to break off big runs.
Joe Burrow, QB, LSU
Burrow improved dramatically over the course of the 2018 season and is expected to shoulder a bigger load with the Tiger offense. Burrow played his best football against Texas A&M and UCF. He will have the opportunities for signature performances against the likes of Alabama, Texas, and Florida .
Ian Book, QB, Notre Dame
After taking over for Brandon Wimbush during 2018, the Irish offense started to have a different feel. Book was much more efficient and boosted the production of the Notre Dame offense. He struggled mightily against Clemson, but do not expect that to carry into 2019. Vegas Odds: 19/1
J.T. Daniels, QB, USC
Daniels struggled as a true freshman at USC, but he has a year of experience, a lot of talent around him, and all of the talent in the world to work with. Daniels will undoubtedly improve and prove why he was a consensus five-star talent .
Dorian Thompson-Robinson, QB, UCLA
Like his crosstown rival, Thompson-Robinson struggled with his play and with injury throughout his freshman season. But, this will be his second year in Chip Kelly’s system and he has had another offseason to get bigger, faster, and stronger.
Sam Ehlinger, QB, Texas
Ehlinger displayed massive improvement during his sophomore season and appears to be the next big thing in the Big 12. He will have plenty of chances for a few Heisman moments against Oklahoma and LSU. This will be his third season in Tom Herman’s attack as Texas looks to take the leap back into the world of college football’s elite. Vegas Odds: 23/1