USC football quarterback JT Daniels is in a battle for his starting job, but he still has 25/1 odds to win the Heisman Trophy in 2019.
JT Daniels guided USC football to a 5-7 record in his first year as a starter, but that hasn’t slowed down the hype train on his talent all that much. At least not if you’re paying attention to Heisman betting odds.
On Monday, BetOnline.ag dropped their early Heisman Trophy odds for 2019 and JT Daniels featured at 25/1.
Those odds are tied for 13th-best this offseason with Oklahoma QB Austin Kendal, Alabama WR Jerry Jeudy and Missouri QB Kelly Bryant. As evidenced by the players in Daniels’ bracket, they’re speculative odds, but they’re noteworthy. Only 19 college football players even have Heisman odds from BetOnline going into the season.
Why Daniels? Despite his freshman struggles, he was still an extremely highly-touted prospect coming out of high school. The expectations for his greatness have no doubt slipped, but his potential to rise remains intact, especially with a new offensive coordinator at the helm.
Plus, Daniels is expected to be the starting quarterback at USC, a fact which almost automatically puts a player in the Heisman conversation on a theoretical level at least. A quarterback or running back in cardinal and gold is inherently more likely to contend for that national award than one from Oregon State.
If Daniels manages to receive Heisman votes, this year or at any point in his career, he would be the first Trojan to do so since Marqise Lee in 2012. Only Lee, Matt Barkley in 2011 and Dwayne Jarrett in 2006 have managed that feat since Reggie Bush became USC’s last Heisman winner.
The oddsmakers favorites for this year’s Heisman Trophy include Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence at 7/2, Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa at 5/1 and Oklahoma’s Jalen Hurts at 13/2.
USC will see a few players with Heisman odds as well. Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book has 16/1 odds. So does Oregon quarterback Justin Herbert. Stanford quarterback K.J. Costello sits at 33/1.