The Top 17 Heisman Trophy Candidates in 2017

With spring football already in full swing, the start of the 2017 College Football season is only a few months away.

It’s never too early to look at the potential field for the 2017 Heisman Trophy award. The Las Vegas Sportsbook recently updated its odds for the honor. USC QB Sam Darnold leads the pack with 5-to-1 odds, followed by Oklahoma signal-caller Baker Mayfield (7-to-1), Louisville QB Lamar Jackson (8-to-1) and Ohio State QB J.T. Barrett (10-to-1).

This loaded field is littered with immensely talented quarterback prospects. With that said, there’s one non-signal-caller ready to rise up the list and follow in a long line of big-time rushers at his school.

17. Penn State QB Trace McSorley

2016 Stats: 36 Overall TDs, 3,614 yards passing, completed 57.9-percent of pass attempts, 156.9 QB Rating

The diminutive signal-caller is a spark-plug for James Franklin’s team.

McSorley plays with terrific energy and emotion. He’s willing to lower his shoulder and pick up the extra yard on any given play. The signal-caller is also adept at evading pressure with his legs — which often results in a big play. With Penn State expected to have another strong year in 2017, McSorley should be a focal point.

Current Heisman Odds: 20-to-1

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