2022 Heisman Trophy Odds: Alabama LB Will Anderson Jr. is a More Popular Bet than Bryce Young, Jahmyr Gibbs
Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Stetson Bennett (13) tries to avoid the rush from Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Will Anderson Jr. (31) during the CFP National Championship college football game on Jan. 10, 2022 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis, Indiana. (Photo by Joe Robbins/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
Alabama has a very realistic shot to claim its third straight Heisman Trophy winner in the upcoming 2022 season.
Reigning winner and prized quarterback Bryce Young leads the consensus title favorite and star transfer Jahmyr Gibbs is also a tantalizing candidate in the Crimson Tide backfield.
But those two aren’t the most popular bets at Caesars Sportsbook. In fact, that badge of honor belongs to linebacker Will Anderson Jr.
2022 Heisman Odds
|QB C.J. Stroud||Ohio State||+200|
|QB Bryce Young||Alabama||+350|
|QB Caleb Williams||USC||+700|
|RB TreVeyon Henderson||Ohio State||+2000|
|LB Will Anderson Jr.||Alabama||+2200|
|RB Jahmyr Gibbs||Alabama||+2400|
|RB Bijan Robinson||Texas||+2500|
|QB Dillon Gabriel||Oklahoma||+2800|
|QB Tyler Van Dyke||Miami||+3500|
|QB Quinn Ewers||Texas||+3500|
*via Caesars (browse and shop all Heisman odds here)
Anderson originally opened at +6000 to win Heisman.
He’s the hottest commodity at Caesars, especially over the past month. Per the shop’s content writer, Max Meyer, the book moved Anderson’s odds from +4000 to +3000 on July 21, then slashed them again six days later to +2500.
With Week 0 just days away, Anderson comprises the single-highest ticket count (8.7%) and second-largest handle (11.4%) at Caesars.
Those numbers are propped up by a handful of four-figure wagers, including a $3,000 stab at +2500 from one Nevada bettor.
Young, meanwhile, has lost a bit of luster in the Heisman market.
He’s 10th in ticket count (3.7%), but outside the top 12 in total dollars wagered (2.3%).
Gibbs, a Georgia Tech transfer, is seventh in tickets and sixth in handle, both at 4.4%.
Michigan’s Charles Woodson is the only defensive player to ever win the Heisman, but even the former star cornerback boosted his stats at wide receiver and on returns — Anderson will be doing neither for the Crimson Tide.
Three defensive players finished top 10 in last year’s Heisman voting: Aidan Hutchinson (2nd), Anderson (5th) and Jordan Davis (9th).
Anderson led the nation with 17.5 sacks last year.
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