Braxton Miller, not Johnny Football, new Heisman betting favorite

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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

Alabama’s Anderson repeats as Bronko Nagurski award winner

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CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Alabama outside linebacker Will Anderson Jr. has become the second two-time winner of the Bronko Nagurski Award given to the nation’s top collegiate defensive player.

Anderson was presented the award on Monday night by the Charlotte Touchdown Club.

The 6-foot-4, 243-pound Anderson had 10 sacks for the No. 5-ranked Crimson Tide this season. He also won the award last year after recording 17 1/2 sacks.

Anderson, a junior, had two sacks in Alabama’s regular-season win finale against rival Auburn and had his first touchdown when he returned an interception 25 yards against Louisiana-Monroe.

Anderson joins former Northwestern linebacker Pat Fitzgerald as the only two-time winner of the award. Fitzgerald won the award in 1995 and 1996 and later went on to become the head coach at Northwestern.

It’s unclear if Anderson will enter the NFL draft or return to Alabama next season.

FSU standout QB Jordan Travis returning for senior season

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TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State quarterback Jordan Travis, the fourth player in school history to account for 3,000 yards and 30 touchdowns in a single season, is staying in school for his senior year.

Travis made the announcement Monday, the same day hundreds of players across the nation entered the NCAA transfer portal or declared for the NFL draft. Travis chose a different path and could be an early favorite in next year’s Heisman Trophy race.

“So many memories have been made on this field and we’re not done yet,” Travis said in a highlight video posted on social media. “See y’all in 2023.”

A fourth-year junior, Travis has 22 touchdown passes to go along with seven rushing scores, one receiving and just four interceptions. He has led the 13th-ranked Seminoles (9-3) to five consecutive wins as they prepare to play Oklahoma (6-6) in the Cheez-It Bowl on Dec. 29 in Orlando.

Travis joined FSU’s three Heisman Trophy winners – Charlie Ward in 1993, Chris Weinke in 2000 and Jameis Winston in 2013 – to account for 3,000 yards and 30 TDs in a season. He is one of six QBs in Power Five conferences with at least 20 TD passes and four or fewer interceptions.