Thanks to the uncertainty swirling around Johnny Manziel and his myriad Herbie Hancocks, the reigning Heisman winner is no longer the degenerates’ favorite to take home this year’s version of the stiff-armed trophy.
In odds released by Bovada.lv, Ohio State quarterback Braxton Miller is now a 9/2 favorite to win the 2013 Heisman Trophy. Back in February, Miller’s odds were 7/1. Jadeveon Clowney, who enters the 2013 season with arguably the best chance of becoming the first-ever strictly defensive player to claim the award, sits right behind Miller 6/1.
So, where does Manziel fall in the latest round of odds? After 4/1 in February, the Texas A&M quarterback has fallen all the way to 15/1. That puts Johnny Football behind eight other players: Miller; Clowney; Louisville quarterback Teddy Bridgewater (9/1); Alabama quarterback AJ McCarron (10/1; Oregon quarterback Marcus Mariota (12/1; and Georgia quarterback Aaron Murray, Alabama running back T.J. Yeldon and Clemson quarterback Tajh Boyd, all at 14/1.
Of the 28 players listed by Bovada, 17 are quarterbacks, seven are running backs and three are wide receivers. Clowney, a Gamecocks defensive end, is the only defensive player currently on Bovada‘s board.
Below are all of the latest odds, again courtesy of Bovada.lv:
Braxton Miller (QB Ohio State) 9/2
Jadeveon Clowney (DE South Carolina) 6/1
Teddy Bridgewater (QB Louisville) 9/1
A.J. McCarron (QB Alabama) 10/1
Marcus Mariota (QB Oregon) 12/1
Aaron Murray (QB Georgia) 14/1
T.J. Yeldon (RB Alabama) 14/1
Tajh Boyd (QB Clemson) 14/1
Johnny Manziel (QB Texas A&M) 15/1
De’Anthony Thomas (RB Oregon) 16/1
Duke Johnson (RB Miami) 16/1
Marquis Lee (WR USC) 22/1
Devin Gardner (QB Michigan) 25/1
Taylor Martinez (QB Nebraska) 25/1
Kevin Hogan (QB Stanford) 25/1
Lache Seastrunk (RB Baylor) 30/1
Ameer Abdullah (RB Nebraska) 33/1
Stephen Morris (QB Miami) 33/1
Jordan Lynch (QB Northern Illinois) 33/1
Jameis Winston (QB Florida State) 35/1
Blake Bell (QB Oklahoma) 50/1
Brett Hundley (QB UCLA) 50/1
Jeff Driskel (QB Florida) 50/1
Ka’Deem Carey (RB Arizona) 50/1
Stefon Diggs (WR Maryland) 50/1
Todd Gurley (RB Georgia) 50/1
Kain Colter (QB Northwestern) 50/1
Sammy Watkins (WR Clemson) 50/1
For the second consecutive year, President Donald Trump is taking in the annual Army-Navy Game in person in Philadelphia. And, as is typically the case in this storied rivalry, it’s been a tight contest after 30 minutes of play in Lincoln Financial Field with Navy leading Army 14-7 at halftime.
Army quarterback Christian Anderson became the first quarterback to make his first career start for Army in the Army-Navy Game since T.D. Baker did so in 1979. It sure didn’t take long for the freshman to have an impact. After going three-and-out to open the game, Anderson rattled off a 21-yard gain on the ground on the first play of Army’s second possession. 17 plays later (yes, 17 plays later), Anderson finished off the drive with a five-yard run to the right edge of the field for a touchdown, the first score of the game.
Malcolm Perry provided a jolt to the Navy offense on the second offensive series for the Midshipmen, although in much quicker fashion compared to the lengthy Army drive. Perry took off to the right side and juked a defender en route to a 55-yard touchdown that tied the game up early in the second quarter. The 55-yard touchdown run also moved Perry into first place in the Navy record books for most single-season total offensive yards. He later became Navy’s all-time single-season rushing leader as he continued to rewrite the record books in Annapolis.
Perry provided another juke move in a very similar play on a 44-yard run late in the first half. That run setup the go-ahead score. Naturally, a play similar to the Philly Special run by the Philadelphia Eagles in the Super Bowl two seasons ago, Navy took the lead with a fake play that saw receiver Chance Warren complete a pass to fullback Jamale Carothers. It wasn’t exactly a Philly Special, but this gam,e being played in the home of the Philadelphia Eagles, it felt appropriate.
President Trump took a few minutes to address each team in the locker room prior to walking on the field for the national anthem and coin flip. A video message from Trump was also played in the stadium during the pregame routine.
Army has won each of the last three meetings and is looking for a long-awaited four-game winning streak.
One of college football’s most talented running backs is moving on to the NFL. Florida State running back Cam Akers has declared for the NFL draft. As most players do, Akers announced his decision with a statement released on his Twitter account on Saturday afternoon.
“I have decided to enter the 2020 NFL Draft and will not play in the Sun Bowl, ” Akers confirmed, ruling himself out of the bowl game for the Seminoles coming up. “Even though I won’t be playing in the bowl game I will be at practice and in El Paso supporting my teammates.”
Akers rushed for 1,144 yards and 14 touchdowns for Florida State this season, both more than good enough to lead the team. It was the second time Akers rushed for over 1,000 yards for the Seminoles, having done so in 2017 while rushing for 706 yards in 2018. Akers also caught 30 passes for 228 yards and four touchdowns this season.
Florida State will face Arizona State in the Tony the Tiger Sun Bowl on Dec. 31.
If Ye Olde Arrest Tracker were still around, it’d be time to set the ticker back to double zeroes.
The latest FBS program with an off-field issue with which to deal is Georgia, with multiple media outlets reporting that running back James Cook was arrested early Saturday morning following a traffic stop in Athens. According to the Athens Banner-Herald, Cook, the brother of former Florida State star Dalvin Cook, was charged with driving without a valid license and possession of an open container of alcohol in a passenger area.
Both of those charges are misdemeanors.
At this point, the football program has not publicly commented on the development. It’s unclear if the incident will impact Cook’s availability for the Sugar Bowl vs. Baylor on New Year’s Day.
Cook was a four-star member of UGA’s 2018 recruiting class, rated as the No. 3 all-purpose back in the country; the No. 8 player at any position in the state of Florida; and the No. 41 player overall on 247Sports.com‘s composite board. He has rushed for 460 yards and four touchdowns in two seasons, including 176 and two in 2019.
It’s been quite the productive first few days on the Power Five personnel front for Jeff Scott.
Monday, it was confirmed that the Clemson co-offensive coordinator had been named as the next head football coach at South Florida. Two days later, former South Carolina running back Lavonte Valentine announced that he would be continuing his collegiate playing career at USF.
Friday, yet another running back decided to transfer into Scott’s program, with Darrian Felix announcing via Twitter that he will transfer to USF and continue his collegiate p[laying career with the Bulls. Felix, who decided to transfer from Oregon following the Pac-12 championship game, will be eligible to play immediately for the AAC school in 2020.
A three-star member of the Ducks’ 2017 recruiting class, Felix ran for 426 yards and three touchdowns on 78 carries during his three years in Eugene. This past season, the redshirt sophomore totaled 197 yards and a pair of touchdowns on his 34 carries.