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Top 4 Alabama Heisman Candidates for the 2020 Season

Tristan Jung
Mac Jones has the best odds for an Alabama player to win the 2020 Heisman.
Mac Jones has the best odds for an Alabama player to win the 2020 Heisman. / Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images
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As with every season, Alabama will head into 2020 with a crop of Heisman Trophy hopefuls. The 2020 Heisman Trophy ceremony seems a long way off, but that hasn't stopped prognosticators from evaluating the field at FanDuel Sportsbook.

Given Alabama's potential for success, it's possible for a Crimson Tide star to run away with the award. Without further ado, here's a breakdown of Alabama's 2020 Heisman hopefuls.

1. Mac Jones, QB

Mac Jones impressed in relief of Tua Tagovailoa in 2019.
Mac Jones impressed in relief of Tua Tagovailoa in 2019. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

With Tua Tagovailoa gone, Alabama's prime Heisman candidates feature three quarterbacks. Given that nine of the 10 winners during the 2010s were quarterbacks, that makes sense. Mac Jones has the longest track record of anyone in the room. Heading into his junior year, Jones was impressive after taking over from an injured Tua Tagovailoa in 2019. In his four full-fledged starts, he threw for 1,172 yards and 13 touchdowns. Jones will have the best shot to win the initial starting job out of camp and thus has the best Heisman odds at +2500.

2. Bryce Young, QB

Bryce Young is a five-star quarterback recruit from Santa Ana, California.
Bryce Young is a five-star quarterback recruit from Santa Ana, California. / Bennett Raglin/Getty Images

If you're looking for a longshot bet, Bryce Young at +5000 could be the move. Young is the highest-rated quarterback on 247 Sports in the class of 2020. He is a dual-threat quarterback with a fantastic arm and the ability to scramble out of the pocket. Listed at 5-foot-11 and 183 pounds, Young will need to bulk up to adjust to the college game, but reports say that his football IQ and ability to read the game are already top-notch. We are long past the days of game managers like Greg McElroy and A.J. McCarron – if Young gets an opportunity, he will be allowed to run rampant over opposing defenses.

3. Najee Harris, RB

Najee Harris had a solid campaign for Alabama in 2019.
Najee Harris had a solid campaign for Alabama in 2019. / Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Najee Harris declined to enter the 2020 NFL Draft and will return to Alabama for his senior season. He is listed at +6000 to win the Heisman Trophy even though he was one of the top running backs in the SEC last year. Given how hard it is for non-quarterbacks to win the award, Harris will need to follow the Derrick Henry blueprint to have a chance. Although he rushed for 1,224 yards and three touchdowns last season, he needs to up his yards per carry and get to 2,000 yards to have a real shot. Harris showed impressive skills last year and will have another great offensive line to block for him.

4. Taulia Tagovailoa, QB

Taulia Tagovailoa played as a backup to his brother and Mac Jones last year.
Taulia Tagovailoa played as a backup to his brother and Mac Jones last year. / Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

We haven't seen much of Taulia Tagovailoa, the younger brother of Tua Tagovailoa, but there's a chance we could see much more of him in 2020. Taulia was a four-star recruit himself. Although he couldn't take over the backup role from Mac Jones last year, he will get another chance to prove himself this summer. He's a long shot at +6000, but the opportunity is there for the taking.


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Tristan Jung is not a FanDuel employee. In addition to providing DFS gameplay advice, Tristan Jung also participates in DFS contests on FanDuel using his personal account, username tristan1117. While the strategies and player selections recommended in his articles are his personal views, he may deploy different strategies and player selections when entering contests with his personal account. The views expressed in their articles are the author's alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of FanDuel.

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