Outside of a National Championship, the Heisman Trophy is college football's ultimate prize. Every player, regardless of position, strives to win college football's most coveted award for individual achievement and become recognized as the sport's most valuable player.
Most Heisman favorites are quarterbacks from big-time programs that are constantly in the headlines for College Football Playoff contention. However, there are a select few dark horses that, with big enough seasons, could beat the odds and take home the Heisman Trophy in 2019.
With that in mind, here are three under-the-radar Heisman Trophy candidates that could sneak into the final award ceremony in New York this December. Note: all 2019 Heisman odds are according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
3. CeeDee Lamb, WR, Oklahoma Sooners (+6000)
Considering a wide receiver hasn't won the Heisman since Desmond Howard did it in 1991, it'd take a truly special season from Oklahoma's CeeDee Lamb, but if any wideout can beat the odds, it's likely him. Despite playing second fiddle to Marquise Brown in 2018, Lamb still hauled in 65 passes for 1,158 yards and 11 touchdowns. Now that Brown has moved on to the NFL, Lamb will likely be the top target in Oklahoma's high-octane offense. And if everything clicks between Lamb and OU's new quarterback, who figures to be Alabama graduate transfer Jalen Hurts, Lamb could have a seat in the Big Apple at the end of the regular season.
2. Eno Benjamin, RB, Arizona State Sun Devils (+5000)
A Second-Team All-American selection, Eno Benjamin had an excellent season in 2018 and might have received some serious Heisman consideration had the Sun Devils remained nationally relevant. The junior running back had a great 2018 campaign with Arizona State, rushing for 1,642 yards and 16 touchdowns on 300 attempts. Benjamin is a quintessential workhorse running back, and as long as the Sun Devils continue to lean on him, he could put up big numbers out of the Pac-12 to hoist the Heisman Trophy.
1. D’Eriq King, QB, Houston Cougars (+3000)
Playing for a non-Power 5 program in Houston will prove a tougher Heisman obstacle, but Cougars' QB D’Eriq King has all the tools necessary to try and convince voters otherwise. King missed Houston's last two games of 2018 due to a knee injury, but he was phenomenal in his 11 games on the field, throwing for 2,982 yards and 36 touchdowns to go along with 674 rushing yards and 14 scores on the ground. A dual-threat quarterback with game-breaking talent that will lead college football's No. 7 scoring offense from 2018 (41.8 points per game) back to the field, King has the potential to make some serious Heisman noise down the stretch.
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