The college football season does not begin for another seven months but Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel already has been installed as the early favorite to capture the 2013 Heisman Trophy, based on odds released today by Bovada Sports Book (www.Bovada.lv).
The site installed Manziel, the 2012 Heisman and Davey O’Brien National Quarterback Award winner, as a 4/1 favorite to repeat as the Heisman winner next season. Manziel already made Heisman history by winning the award as a freshman. A second Heisman would allow him to join Ohio State running back Archie Griffin (1974, 1975) as the only player to win multiple Heismans during a college career.
Joining Manziel among the early favorites to capture the 2013 Heisman Trophy are Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller (7/1), USC wide receiver Marqise Lee (9/1), Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray (10/1), Oregon running back De’Anthony Thomas (10/1), Alabama quarterback A.J. McCarron (12/1), Miami running back Duke Johnson (12/1) and South Carolina defensive end Jadeveon Clowney (12/1).
The only other player from a college in Texas to receive Heisman odds was Baylor running back Lache Seastrunk (20/1). Oklahoma quarterback Blake Bell, who has yet to make his first career start, received 30/1 odds.
Below is a look at the 22 players that received individual odds to win the 2013 Heisman:
Odds to win the 2013-2014 Heisman Trophy
Johnny Manziel (QB Texas A&M) 4/1
Braxton Miller (QB Ohio State) 7/1
Marquis Lee (WR USC) 9/1
Aaron Murray (QB Georgia) 10/1
De'Anthony Thomas (RB Oregon) 10/1
A.J. McCarron (QB Alabama) 12/1
Duke Johnson (RB Miami) 12/1
Jadeveon Clowney (DE South Carolina) 12/1
Tajh Boyd (QB Clemson) 15/1
Taylor Martinez (QB Nebraska) 15/1
Ameer Abdullah (RB Nebraska) 18/1
Marcus Mariota (QB Oregon) 18/1
T.J. Yeldon (RB Alabama) 18/1
Brett Hundley (QB UCLA) 20/1
Lache Seastrunk (RB Baylor) 20/1
Everett Golson (QB Notre Dame) 22/1
Stephen Morris (QB Miami) 25/1
Blake Bell (QB Oklahoma) 30/1
Jeff Driskel (QB Florida) 30/1
Ka'Deem Carey (RB Arizona) 33/1
Devin Gardner (QB Michigan) 40/1
Stefon Diggs (WR Maryland) 40/1
_ Jimmy Burch