College football is still months away, but two former New Jersey high school football stars can potentially help you cash in during the 2019-20 season.
FanDuel Sportsbook released its future odds on the 2020 Heisman Trophy race with former Salem RB Jonathan Taylor, now at Wisconsin, and former St. Peter’s Prep QB Brandon Wimbush, now at Central Florida, both among the top 30 players with the best chances to win college football’s highest honor.
Taylor, in fact, is among the top five with +1400 odds — behind only Clemson QB Trevor Lawrence (+250), Alabama QB Tua Tagovailoa (+250), Oklahoma QB Jalen Hurts (+1100) and tied with Georgia RB D’Andre Swift at 14/1.
In his first two years with Wisconsin, Taylor has emerged as one of the nation’s top running backs with 4,171 rushing yards and 29 touchdowns. He won last year’s Doak Walker Award, given to the country’s top RB.
Wimbush, who transferred to Central Florida from Notre Dame in January, is listed as a longer shot to win the Heisman, at +6500 odds, but still is among the top 25 players FanDuel believes will be in contention.
Wimbush began the 2018 season as Notre Dame’s starting QB, leading the Irish to a 3-0 start, which included a 24-17 win over Michigan. Inconsistent play, however, caused him to lose his job to Ian Book (+3600 odds) midway through the season.
Wimbush’s best year came in 2017 when he threw for 1,870 yards and 16 TDs.
Two other names of note that New Jersey high school football fans might remember, after each played against N.J. teams in high school, are also listed with top Heisman odds: USC QB JT Daniels (formerly of Mater Dei in California) at +5000 and Michigan QB Shea Patterson (formerly of IMG Academy in Florida) at +3600.
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