Receiver DeVonta Smith’s rising star was on full display during Alabama’s thumping of Notre Dame in the 2021 Rose Bowl on Friday with seven catches for 130 yards and three touchdowns.
Smith’s stunning season is why he’s an oddsmakers darling to win the prestigious Heisman Trophy on Tuesday. Should he win the Heisman he would be the first wide receiver to do so since Desmond Howard in 1991.
But what chances do the other finalists, all quarterbacks — Trevor Lawrence, Mac Jones (Smith’s teammate) and Kyle Trask — have in the eyes of sports gamblers? Here are some of the odds for each candidate, according to sports betting sites FanDuel and DraftKings.
DeVonta Smith (Alabama)
The receiver stepped up as Jones’ primary target after Jaylen Waddle went down with a season-ending injury on Oct. 24 against Tennessee. While Jones connected with Smith on 20 pass plays of at least 20 yards this season, some believe it was the Roll Tide’s 55-17 win over the LSU Tigers on Dec. 5 that could have potentially sealed his Heisman moment of destiny.
Smith had a career day against the Tigers with eight receptions for 231 yards and 3 touchdowns, with his longest catch at 65 yards.
The [-] odds mean you would have to bet $1,000 to win $100.
Mac Jones (Alabama)
What is a star wide receiver without his quarterback? The red shirt junior was 25-of-30 passing for 297 yards and four touchdowns in the Rose Bowl, which was impressive (even though the Heisman voting deadline was on Dec. 21). When Jones was asked about the Heisman following the Rose Bowl win, Jones was all-too candid:
“That’s a rat-poison question.”
The [+] odds mean you would have to bet $100 to win $650 or $600.
Trevor Lawrence (Clemson)
Who needs a Heisman when you’re considered the presumptive No. 1 pick in the upcoming 2021 NFL Draft? This is where quarterback Trevor Lawrence’s head space should be. According to CBS Sports, this is still believed to be the case even though Lawrence missed two games due to COVID-19 issues. “Because of postponements and cancellations, Lawrence did not play for a 35-day period,” CBS said. “Despite that, he led the Tigers to a sixth straight ACC title and a sixth consecutive CFP berth. Lawrence also led Clemson to the 2018 national championship.”
Kyle Trask (Florida)
While he slid on oddsmakers’ Heisman lists, the Florida Gators quarterback will be “remembered for setting single-season school records in passing yards (4,283) and touchdowns (43) marks that rank second and third, respectively, in SEC history,” Gatorsports said. Despite losing 55-20 to Oklahoma in his final game as a Gator, he has no regrets.
“Obviously it’s difficult,” he said according to Gatorsports. “But at the same time, you’ve got to look at the big picture. … It’s just been a wild ride, and I’ve enjoyed every second of it. This isn’t the way you want to go out, but when I look back on all the memories and friendships I made here, it’s all worth it.”
ESPN will televise the 86th Heisman Trophy ceremony presented by Nissan at 7 p.m. Tuesday ET.