Javorius Allen stormed his way onto the college football scene last year, earning USC MVP honors with just half a season as a starter. Now he is poised for an even bigger junior season as one of HeismanPundit.com’s Heisman contenders in 2014.
The 2014 HeismanPundit Post-Spring Heisman Watch List includes 25 players from around the country who are in the very early running for the most prestigious award in college football.
The odds on favor remain’s reigning Heisman winner Jameis Winston.
Allen ran for 785 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2013. All but one of those touchdowns came in the final six games when the Trojans responded to the midseason firing of Lane Kiffin with an unlikely winning streak, including an upset of #5-ranked Stanford.
Entering the 2014 season, Allen’s emergence complicates a crowded USC running back corp, which features previous starters Tre Madden and Justin Davis, whose injuries opened the door for Allen to shine.
For Allen’s Heisman dreams to come true, it stands to reason he will have to make the most of the carries he receives in the running back rotation or convince Steve Sarkisian to revert back to the featured-back system he employed at Washington.
Chris Huston, AKA Heisman Pundit, is no stranger to USC players and the Heisman Trophy. After all, he contributed to the Heisman campaigns of Carson Palmer and Reggie Bush while an assistant sports information director at USC.