Top 3 Oregon Heisman Candidates for the 2020 Season

David Kaestle
CJ Verdell has +8000 odds to win the Heisman Trophy
CJ Verdell has +8000 odds to win the Heisman Trophy / Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

The Oregon Ducks have become known in their recent years for high-flying offense that, at times, has dominated the Pac-12, even bringing them to a National Championship game in the 2014 inaugural season of the College Football Playoff.

While the Pac-12 doesn't recruit the same kind of talent on the defensive side of the ball as the SEC, it certainly has featured some of the game's most explosive playmakers on offense. And Oregon has done a great job of landing some those high-profile recruits in Eugene. This season, the Ducks already have three names in the early odds to win the 2020 Heisman Trophy.

Let's take a look at the top-three Heisman candidates by the odds, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.

3. Penei Sewell, OT (+20000)

Penei Sewell got 2019 Heisman votes.
Penei Sewell got 2019 Heisman votes. / Abbie Parr/Getty Images

While you don't usually think of an offensive lineman when talking about the Heisman Trophy, Penei Sewell actually received votes in last year's Heisman race. While it's a major long shot for him to be a realistic consideration, if he can improve on last year's performance on a huge way, this is the ultimate value play. Besides, if your name is even listed in the Heisman odds race as an offensive tackle to begin with, you have to think there's a special talent here.

2. Tyler Shough, QB (+10000)

Tyler Shough has +10000 odds to win the Heisman.
Tyler Shough has +10000 odds to win the Heisman. / Abbie Parr/Getty Images

Tyler Shough is the man set up to replace Justin Herbert as he leaves for the NFL. Oregon quarterbacks can be thrust into a great offense and if their skill set fits, and they can really put up some crazy numbers too. Shough could turn out to be another memorable name in the long line before him.

1. CJ Verdell, RB (+6000)

CJ Verdell has the best odds of any Oregon Duck.
CJ Verdell has the best odds of any Oregon Duck. / Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

CJ Verdell is coming off back-to-back 1,000 yard rushing seasons as he heads into 2020. Arguably Oregon's most explosive weapon returning to Eugene this year, Verdell could catapult himself to the top of the running, especially if he's the one carrying a successful Oregon team to an undefeated or even one-loss season as a sophomore QB acclimates to his first few collegiate starts.

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