Chances the Heisman Trophy goes to Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson have now entered the realm of comedy.
After Week 11, when Jackson recorded 298 total yards and scored his 27th touchdown of the year, his odds are all the way up to 1/50, according to sportsbook.ag. So you could bet $1,000 on Jackson winning the Heisman right now and it would only net you $20 in winnings. He’s your 2016 winner.
The only SEC player currently on the board is Alabama freshman quarterback Jalen Hurts (100/1 odds). Since Hurts is a long shot and nobody else in the conference has really stood out, we’re going to take a look at a few possible 2017 contenders.
Austin Allen, Arkansas: Chad Kelly, Josh Dobbs and Trevor Knight are all moving on, which leaves Allen as the SEC’s elder statesman under center. Arkansas stands to lose a lot of talent in the receiving game next year. But as long as the offensive line play improves, Allen has a live arm and coordinator Dan Enos can set him up to succeed.
Jalen Hurts, Alabama: The Crimson Tide load up on talent every year, and they’ll return Calvin Ridley and, barring a transfer, their top four tailbacks. Hurts has flashed star potential as a true freshman and he should only continue getting better — even if Lane Kiffin takes another job.
Shea Patterson, Ole Miss: The nation saw on Saturday what the Rebels knew all along — Patterson is really, really good. Like Chad Kelly before him, he’s got an NFL-caliber arm, and he’s surprisingly athletic when he takes off on a run. If the defense shows even marginal improvement next season, the former 5-star should contend for the Heisman.
Derrius Guice, LSU: He’s probably the SEC’s safest Heisman bet. The sophomore stud is averaging a ridiculous 8.7 yards per carry, fifth best among qualified FBS rushers, and would be a contender this season were Leonard Fournette not around.
Kamryn Pettway, Auburn: Listed at 6-foot and 240 pounds, Pettway is a load for any defender to bring down. Provided he stays healthy, he can be a Derrick Henry-like workhorse who piles up crazy big numbers in Gus Malzahn’s offense.
Rawleigh Williams, Arkansas: Williams leads the SEC with 192 carries this season, and he’s been reliable almost every week. He’ll obviously remain an integral part of the Hogs’ offensive attack in 2017.