Whether Nick Chubb will be ready for the start of next season remains an open question, as does how healthy he’ll be when he does get back on the field. And yet at least one betting outlet is taking a pretty optimistic slant on Chubb’s chances to not only play, but play very well.
Chubb is a 12-1 shot to win the Heisman Trophy, according to odds posted on Tuesday by Bovada. That puts Chubb in a tie for fifth-most likely to win the award. Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson is the slight favorite, ahead of LSU tailback Leonard Fournette and Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey.
Yes, Heisman odds this far out are rather silly, and almost always way off. Chubb’s inclusion is what makes it interesting, at least from Georgia’s perspective.
Chubb was far along enough in his recovery to be walking without crutches during Georgia’s bowl practice. No one has officially said he will miss spring practice, but that’s a virtual certainty. The only question is whether he’ll be able to suit up come preseason practice in August, and if there’s any chance he’ll play in the season opener against North Carolina in the Georgia Dome.
Here is the full list of Heisman odds:
Deshaun Watson (QB Clemson)
Leonard Fournette (RB LSU)
Christian McCaffrey (RB Stanford)
JT Barrett (QB Ohio State)
Baker Mayfield (QB Oklahoma)
Nick Chubb (RB Georgia)
Dalvin Cook (RB Florida State)
Royce Freeman (RB Oregon)
Chad Kelly (QB Mississippi)
Samaje Perine (RB Oklahoma)
Calvin Ridley (WR Alabama)
Joshua Dobbs (QB Tennessee)
Brad Kaaya (QB Miami)