Is it way too early to begin talking about the favorite for the 2013 Heisman Trophy? As 2012 Geno Smith would say, it absolutely is. That won’t stop us, however, from making a note as to which way the gambling public is leaning.
In its latest odds released Tuesday afternoon, Bovada.lv has Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater as the favorite at 5/1. The Cardinals quarterback was at 9/1 two weeks prior to the start of the new season, but his monster season-opening performance apparently opened some eyes a little further.
Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller, the preseason favorite at 9/2, was up next at 13/2. Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel, who was the prohibitive favorite prior to the mini-drama over payment for autographs, checked in at 15/2. Johnny Football had been a 4/1 favorite before the off-field issues dropped him to 15/1; those odds jumped back up to 7/1 after his “situation” was resolved with a half-game suspension.
Two more quarterbacks, Clemson’s Tajh Boyd and Oregon’s Marcus Mariota, come in at 8/1. The first non-quarterback listed is Miami running back Duke Johnson at 10/1.
Jameis Winston, a redshirt freshman coming off a breathtaking performance in his collegiate debut Monday night, is tied with Johnson at 10/1.
Below are all of the latest odds, again courtesy of Bovada.lv:
Teddy Bridgewater (QB Louisville) 5/1
Braxton Miller (QB Ohio State) 13/2
Johnny Manziel (QB Texas A&M) 15/2
Marcus Mariota (QB Oregon) 8/1
Tajh Boyd (QB Clemson) 8/1
Duke Johnson (RB Miami) 10/1
Jameis Winston (QB Florida State) 10/1
AJ McCarron (QB Alabama) 12/1
De’Anthony Thomas (RB Oregon) 15/1
Jadeveon Clowney (DE South Carolina) 15/1
T.J. Yeldon (RB Alabama) 15/1
Todd Gurley (RB Georgia) 15/1
Stephen Morris (QB Miami) 20/1
Aaron Murray (QB Georgia) 25/1
Devin Gardner (QB Michigan) 25/1
Lache Seastrunk (RB Baylor) 25/1
Sammy Watkins (WR Clemson) 25/1
Marquis Lee (WR USC) 33/1
Kevin Hogan (QB Stanford) 33/1
Taylor Martinez (QB Nebraska) 40/1
Ameer Abdullah (RB Nebraska) 50/1
Brett Hundley (QB UCLA) 50/1
Stefon Diggs (WR Maryland) 50/1
Jordan Lynch (QB Northern Illinois) 50/1
Jeff Driskel (QB Florida) 66/1
Ka’Deem Carey (RB Arizona) 66/1
Heading into his second season in Gainesville, Florida defensive coordinator Geoff Collins just received a significant raise.
Collins, who signed a three-year contract paying him $600,000 annually after leaving Mississippi State to join Jim McElwain‘s staff last winter, netted a bump to $890,000 with a $150,000 retention bonus according to contract details obtained by the Orlando Sentinel.
Nine assistants earned at least $1 million in 2015 according to USA Today, with six of those hailing from the SEC.
Additionally, defensive line coach Chris Rumph‘s salary moved to $500,000 with a one-year extension through the 2017 season, offensive line coach Mike Summers will earn $498,500, linebackers coach Randy Shannon‘s $400,000 salary grew by just under $10,000, and new defensive backs coach Torrian Gray signed a two-year deal paying him $335,000 annually.
Florida’s defense ranked eighth nationally in yards per play allowed in 2015, helping the Gators win an unexpected SEC East championship.
In an odd way, here’s the best way to show just how far Art Briles took Baylor’s football program: his interim replacement will make more money for eight months of work than the full-time head coaches at Iowa State and Kansas.
Jim Grobe will earn $1.25 million for his work from late May through the end of the upcoming football season, according to a report from Brett McMurphy of ESPN on Monday. Iowa State’s Matt Campbell will earn $1.2 million in an incentive-laden contract this year, while KU’s David Beaty will net $800,000.
Grobe’s $1.25 million deal is also the richest for any interim head coach on record. Arkansas paid John L. Smith $850,000 for 10 months of work back in 2012.
Baylor opens its season Friday, Sept. 2 against Northwestern State.
Six Washington State football players have been named persons of interest in a brawl that left two students hospitalized and even more injured over the weekend.
According to the Spokane Spokesman-Review, a group of students that included Cougars players started threw fireworks at attendees of a Pullman, Wash., party early Saturday morning. That led to a verbal altercation that soon became physical, where one suffered a bloody wound on the back of his neck and another was forced to undergo facial reconstruction surgery after suffering a broken jaw.
“We’re looking at this as a very serious felony assault level based on the injuries to two victims,” Pullman police commander Chris Tennant told the paper. “I would like to make arrests later in the week. I don’t know if that’s a realistic timeline. I expect this to be a lengthy investigation. A lot of people have to be interviewed.”
Wazzu AD Bill Moos released the following statement Monday afternoon:
“In regards to the events that took place over the past weekend, the university was made aware of the situation shortly after the incident occurred. It is our understanding there is a thorough investigation underway by local law enforcement and we will cooperate fully as we take these matters seriously. In addition, facts are being gathered within the athletic department in order to provide assistance. We have high expectations for the conduct of WSU student-athletes, and treat any alleged allegations with the utmost transparency. The WSU athletic staff is in constant communication with the Office of the President and the Office of Student Life to ensure that university leadership is aware of the continuing investigation by local law enforcement. We will refrain from further comment until the findings of the investigation are complete.”
Last week Florida head coach Jim McElwain confirmed Treon Harris will move from quarterback to wide receiver.
“Everybody has freedom, he doesn’t have to stay there,” McElwain said, via SEC Country. “But at the end of the day, look, we’re in this not here to hurt anybody’s feelings. But at the same time, it is what it is and we’ve got four guys who I’m really proud of. The room is really good and I’m excited about it.”
McElwain may not have wanted to hurt Harris’s feelings, but he may not have minded Harris taking a hint.
As first reported by Ryan Bartow of Gator Bait and later confirmed by the program, Harris has picked up what McElwain put down.
Harris, rated the No. 9 athlete nationally coming out of powerhouse Booker T. Washington High School in Miami, would have a myriad of options should he be open to playing a position other than quarterback. But, then again, if he wanted to play somewhere other than under center, one assumes he’d have stayed at Florida in the first place.
Florida’s leading returning passer — he completed 119-of-235 throws for 1,676 yards and nine touchdowns with six interceptions, good for a quarterback rating that placed 92nd nationally — Harris would have two years of eligibility remaining should he opt to remain at the FBS level.