5 Dark Horses That Could Win the 2020 Heisman Trophy

Kellen Mond could finally take the next step in his senior season.
Kellen Mond could finally take the next step in his senior season. | Sean Gardner/Getty Images

As Joe Burrow showed us in his 2019 Heisman campaign, the time to get in on betting underdogs is early. Before the season started, Burrow checked in as high as 200-to-1 to take home the trophy.

This year's Heisman field includes some chalk at the top, with Justin Fields checking in as the favorite at +175 and Trevor Lawrence not far behind at +430. Only two player have odds better than even +1000, though, and with the 2019 season having just wrapped up, there's no counting out the big underdogs.

These five players have a real chance of following in Burrow's footsteps and returning a huge payout with a Heisman win in 2020.

1. Kellen Mond, QB, Texas A&M (+4000)

Kellen Mond threw for 20 touchdowns in 2019.
Kellen Mond threw for 20 touchdowns in 2019. | Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The addition of five-star receiver Desmond Demas will only help Kellen Mond as he heads into his senior season. With the sixth-ranked recruiting class, per 247Sports.com, Jimbo Fisher and the Texas A&M Aggies should be nationally relevant until the very end. If Mond can keep them in the top-10 conversation and finally make the leap he was supposed to as a junior, he'll be in the 2020 Heisman conversation.

2. Chuba Hubbard, RB, Oklahoma State (+5000)

Chuba Hubbard rushed for 2,094 yards as a sophomore.
Chuba Hubbard rushed for 2,094 yards as a sophomore. | Brian Bahr/Getty Images

A running back hasn't won the Heisman since Derrick Henry in 2015, and only two have done so since 2000. Needless to say, history favors the quarterback position pretty drastically. It can still be done though, and Chuba Hubbard has the best shot to buck the trend. He rushed for 2,094 yards and 21 touchdowns while averaging a lofty 6.4 yards per carry as a sophomore. If he builds on that, expect a return to national prominence for the running back position.

3. Jayden Daniels, QB, Arizona State (+6000)

Jayden Daniels threw for 17 touchdowns and just two interceptions as a true freshman.
Jayden Daniels threw for 17 touchdowns and just two interceptions as a true freshman. | Christian Petersen/Getty Images

Jayden Daniels might've been the best-kept secret in the country as a true freshman. In his first year under Herm Edwards in Tempe, he turned in an 8.5:1 TD-to-INT ratio and compiled 2,943 passing yards. He also added 355 yards and three touchdowns on the ground. In the Sun Devils' upset win over then-No. 6 Oregon, Daniels threw for 408 yards and three touchdowns. He'll be throwing to a new group of receivers that includes four four-star recruits. Should he take a step forward as a sophomore, he'll be hard to ignore.

4. John Rhys Plumlee, QB, Ole Miss (+6000)

John Rhys Plumlee is projected to win the starting job under Lane Kiffin.
John Rhys Plumlee is projected to win the starting job under Lane Kiffin. | Jonathan Bachman/Getty Images

Plumlee will have to win the starting QB job over Matt Corral, but if he does, the opportunity to produce some lofty numbers will present itself. The state of the team around him makes Plumlee a long shot, but there isn't any question that he has the talent to overcome that. The sophomore was a four-star dual-threat prospect in 2018. He played in nine games this season.

5. Brady White, QB, Memphis (+10000)

Brady White announced he'd be returning to Memphis next season.
Brady White announced he'd be returning to Memphis next season. | Tom Pennington/Getty Images

Brady White finished as one of college football's more prolific passers this season. His 4,014 passing yardage mark was the fourth highest in the FBS, while his 33 touchdowns tied for eighth. He'll be under a new head coach following Mike Norvell's departure to Florida State, but White is no stranger to fluid situations. He's a player with the potential to play at an even higher level in 2020, and he has already shown some serious potential to rack up big numbers.

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