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Marcus Mariota now tops Bovada’s Heisman odds


Before the start of the 2013 season, Ohio State’s Braxton Miller was listed by Bovada.lv as its Heisman favorite.  A week later, that honor shifted to Louisville’s Teddy Bridgewater.

Two weeks later?  A Pac-12 quarterback has grabbed the front-runner mantle.

In the latest set of odds released by Bovada, Oregon’s Marcus Mariota is listed as a 9/2 favorite to claim the 2013 Heisman Trophy.  On Sept. 3, Mariota was at 8/1.  Despite less than two games worth of actually playing time in the Ducks’ first three games, Mariota has passed for 889 yards, rushed for another 262 and accounted for 11 touchdowns (seven passing, four rushing).

Johnny Manziel, coming off a Herculean effort in a loss to Alabama, has continued his rise in the eyes of Bovada, coming in right behind Mariota at 5/1.  Earlier this month, Manziel had been listed at 15/2.  The reigning Heisman winner, who sits atop Chris Huston‘s HeismanPundit Straw Poll, 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.

Manziel’s actually off to a better start than he was last season, accounting for 1,137 yards of total offense and 12 touchdowns compared to 903/12 in 2012.

Another player rising is fellow SEC quarterback AJ McCarron.  At 12/1 two weeks ago and behind seven other players, Alabama’s McCarron, thanks to his own superb performance in the win over the Aggies, is now behind only Mariota and Manziel at 13/2.

Bridgewater is also at 13/2, while Florida State redshirt freshman Jameis Winston is at 9/1.

Oregon running back De’Anthony Thomas is the first non-QB listed at 14/1 — Alabama’s T.J. Yeldon is right behind at 16/1.  Maryland’s Stefon Diggs is the first wide receiver at 75/1.

Below are all of the latest odds, again courtesy of Bovada.lv:

Marcus Mariota (QB Oregon) 9/2
Johnny Manziel (QB Texas A&M) 5/1
A.J. McCarron (QB Alabama) 13/2
Teddy Bridgewater (QB Louisville) 13/2
Jameis Winston (QB Florida State) 9/1
Tajh Boyd (QB Clemson) 10/1
Braxton Miller (QB Ohio State) 12/1
De’Anthony Thomas (RB Oregon) 141
T.J. Yeldon (RB Alabama) 16/1
Aaron Murray (QB Georgia) 18/1
Brett Hundley (QB UCLA) 18/1
Todd Gurley (RB Georgia) 20/1
Jadeveon Clowney (DE South Carolina) 25/1
Lache Seastrunk (RB Baylor) 25/1
Devin Gardner (QB Michigan) 33/1
Kevin Hogan (QB Stanford) 33/1
Ka’Deem Carey (RB Arizona) 40/1
Duke Johnson (RB Miami) 50/1
Jordan Lynch (QB Northern Illinois) 50/1
Stephen Morris (QB Miami) 66/1
Stefon Diggs (WR Maryland) 75/1
Sammy Watkins (WR Clemson) 100/1
Taylor Martinez (QB Nebraska) 100/1
Marquis Lee (WR USC) 150/1

Starting Navy S Kwazel Bertrand undergoes surgery, likely out for season

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Navy has seen one of its most productive players on the defensive side of the ball play for perhaps the final time this season.

Kwazel Bertrand sustained a broken ankle in the win over Air Force last Saturday, head coach Ken Niumatalolo confirmed earlier this week. As a result, the defensive back will very likely miss the remainder of the 2015 season.

And, because he is a senior and has no other eligibility avenues to pursue, it would effectively end his collegiate career as well.

“I feel terrible for Kwazel. It’s really unfortunate any time a senior goes down with a season-ending injury,” Niumatalolo said. “Kwazel has been a really good player for us and we’re going to miss his presence out on the field.”

Bertrand started 27 games over the past three-plus seasons, including all four in 2015.

Unitas Award whittles watch list in half down to 15

FORT WORTH, TX - OCTOBER 03:  Trevone Boykin #2 of the TCU Horned Frogs looks for an open receiver against the Texas Longhorns in the second quarter at Amon G. Carter Stadium on October 3, 2015 in Fort Worth, Texas.  (Photo by Tom Pennington/Getty Images)
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You know how I know we’re gradually creeping up on the end of another regular season?  Watch lists are being whittled.

The first major honor to do so is the Johnny Unitas Golden Arm Award, which is given out annually to the best quarterback who is a college senior or fourth-year junior.  The preseason watch list was 30 quarterbacks strong; the newest list has been cut in half to 15.

The most recent list includes one of the top Heisman contenders (TCU’s Trevone Boykin) and the top two nationally in passing yards (Bowling Green’s Matt Johnson, Western Kentucky’s Brandon Doughty), as well as a quarterback who’s closing in on the all-time FBS record for rushing touchdowns (Navy’s Keenan Reynolds).

The Pac-12 leads all conferences with three watch listers, followed by two each from the AAC, ACC and Big Ten.  The SEC has as many players (one, Mississippi State’s Dak Prescott) as the FCS (North Dakota State’s Carson Wentz).

Last year’s winner was Marcus Mariota of Oregon.

Trevone Boykin, TCU
Jacoby Brissett, NC State
Connor Cook, Michigan State
Brandon Doughty, WKU
Everett Golson, Florida State
Kevin Hogan, Stanford
Matt Johnson, Bowling Green
Cody Kessler, USC
Paxton Lynch, Memphis
Dak Prescott, Mississippi State
Keenan Reynolds, Navy
Nate Sudfeld, Indiana
Carson Wentz, N. Dakota State
Marquise Williams, North Carolina
Travis Wilson, Utah