It’s never too early, so we look at three of the quarterbacks with more potential in the 2020 season and go over their betting odds to win the Heisman Trophy.
Jamie Newman is now with Georgia as a graduate transfer from Wake Forest and there are many expectations for him. Newman (+1400 to win the Heisman Trophy at BetOnline) played well in just six games at the end of the 2018 season, completing 84 of 141 passes for 1,083 yards and nine touchdowns with four interceptions. He had a 59.6 completion percentage.
Last season he had a phenomenal start. Newman threw 17 touchdowns in the first games but he dealt with some injuries in the second half of the season and his numbers were obviously not as good as they could have been.
The North Carolina native completed 220 of 361 passes for 26 touchdowns and 11 interceptions in 12 games, for a career-high 60.9 completion percentage. He also added 574 rushing yards and six touchdowns on 180 carries. Newman clearly has to get used to a new set of teammates but he is a dual-threat signal-caller with enough talent to thrive anywhere.
Ian Book was a difference-maker for Notre Dame in 2018 as they reached the College Football Playoff. Book ended the season with 19 touchdowns and seven interceptions in 10 games, completing 214 of 314 passes for 2,628.
Book was even better in 2019, completing 240 of 399 passes for 3,034 yards and 34 touchdowns and six interceptions in 13 games. The El Dorado Hills, California native improved all his numbers except his completion percentage, which fell from 68.2 in 2018 to 60.2 last year.
Chase Claypool or Cole Kmet, two of Book’s main targets from last season will not be back but new offensive coordinator Tommy Rees can bring the best out of Book and help him have the best year of his career, improving his NFL Draft stock for 2021. Book is at +2000 to win the Heisman Trophy at BetOnline. This is a play I will consider adding to my college football picks.
Kyle Trask was D’Eriq King’s backup quarterback at Manvel High School in Texas after his freshman year and he played just three games for Florida between 2016 and 2018 because of different injuries and his redshirt year.
Trask played plenty at Manvel High School though. The game plan that they used each week had him entering the game for the third series. Larry McRae, his offensive coordinator and offensive line coach back then praised him: “Throwing, arm strength and stuff like that, Kyle wasn’t lacking in (talent) at all.”
The Manvel, Texas native stepped when Florida needed him the most last season. Trask was Feleipe Franks’ backup at Florida and he had to take over for him when he suffered a season-ending ankle injury in September. BetOnline has Trask at +2500 to win the Heisman Trophy next season.
Overall, he completed 237 of 354 passes for 2,941 yards and 25 touchdowns with seven interceptions in 12 games. His 66.9 completion percentage was decent and he did all this despite having his first full start until the fourth games of the season. While he did play 12 games, only nine of them were complete.