The odds for the 2013 Heisman Trophy winner are already out in Vegas, and Johnny Manziel is predictably the favorite (4/1) as he tries to defend the hardware. Ohio State QB Braxton Miller (7/1) and USC WR Marquise Lee (9/1) round out the Top 3, with AJ McCarron, Aaron Murray and De'Anthony Thomas not far behind. That's a pretty solid Top 6, but if you're actually looking for bang for you Heisman buck look no further than Miami's Duke Johnson, sitting on the board at a clownish 12/1.
Johnson burst onto the scene in Coral Gables as a true freshman, running for 135 yards and 2 TDs in the season opener against Boston College. His usage and production dipped in the middle of the season, but he found his stride late, going for 100 or more in three of his last four games. Johnson finished his freshman campaign with 1,168 yards from scrimmage and 11 TDs, averaging a ridiculous 6.8 yards per carry on his way to ACC Rookie of the Year honors.
Get your bets in now while he's 12/1, because unless he cuts both of his legs off just to see how quickly he can recover Johnson's odds will never be this low again. There are AT LEAST 10 plays in this video that will make you legitimately question if this kid is even human:
PS: The fact that a kid born in 1993 just did the things he did in that video makes me want to get a Medicare card and then immediately jump off a building. Should've been tackled 13 times on those VT and Duke runs.
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