Two Georgia QBs among Top 20 Heisman favorites, oddsmakers confident in Mike Bobo
ATHENS — There remain some lingering doubts among a handful of Georgia fans about new offensive coordinator Mike Bobo, but oddsmakers appear all in on the Bulldogs offense.
Georgia has two quarterbacks among the Top 20 Heisman Trophy favorites, even though neither Carson Beck nor Brock Vandergiff have started a game for the Bulldogs.
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Beck, started the Georgia spring game with the first-team offense, is tied for fifth among the Heisman Trophy favorites per a SportsBetting.ag press release:
USC QB Caleb Williams, 4-1
Florida State QB Jordan Travis, 10-1
Washington QB Michael Penix Jr., 12-1
Oregon QB Bo Nix, 14-1
Georgia QB Carson Beck, 16-1
Texas QB Quinn Ewers, 16-1
Bobo is expected to open up the Georgia offense this season with more downfield throws after UGA had a somewhat conservative, controlled passing game that utilized Stetson Bennett’s mobility along with short passes to tight ends and backs.
Georgia returns two-time All-American Brock Bowers, a sure-fire College Football Hall of Famer and arguably the most valuable offensive player each of the past two years.
Bowers, however, was not on the 44-man list of favorites, as no tight end has finished in the Top 10 of the Heisman Trophy voting in the past 45 years.
Bowers will undoubtedly make Bobo’s job easier, as the former Georgia QB turned collegiate offensive coordinator has proven he knows how to manage signal callers.
Bobo was the quarterbacks coach for the winningest QB in SEC history (David Greene), along with calling the plays and coaching up the richest No. 1 overall draft pick (Matthew Stafford) and the SEC’s all-time leading passer (Aaron Murray).
In addition to Beck, Georgia third-year sophomore Brock Vandergriff makes the list of Heisman Trophy favorites, tied for 16th at 40-to-1 along with Oklahoma QB Dillon Gabriel and Michigan QB J.J. McCarthy.
Vandagriff has been described as a bigger, more athletic version of departing Georgia starter and Heisman Trophy finalist Stetson Bennett.
Beck, meanwhile, has displayed impressive arm talent throughout his career. If not for a poor practice the week of the UAB game during the 2021 season, the Bulldogs’ history books might read differently.
Coach Kirby Smart had told reporters on Monday of the 2021 UAB game week that Beck was the Bulldogs’ No. 2 quarterback behind injured starter J.T. Daniels, who had exited SEC media days a couple of months before as the preseason Heisman Trophy favorite.
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But Beck was off in practice, and Smart and former offensive coordinator Todd Monken made the command decision to start Bennett, who went on to throw five touchdown passes in the first half of the win over the Blazers.
Beck has been the backup ever since, but he could be on the verge of assuming the starting job with a good offseason and more consistent performances.
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It’s worth noting the Georgia quarterback room and Bobo’s offense is so well thought of that even Gunner Stockton, a redshirt freshman who exited spring drills as the third-teamer, has the same Heisman odds (80-to-1) as Texas A&M QB Conner Weigman, Utah QB Cameron Rising, Alabama running back Jase McClellan, Kentucky QB Devin Leary and Wisconsin QB Tanner Mordecai.
Bennett was Georgia’s first Heisman Trophy finalist since 1992, when Garrison Hearst made the trip to New York.
Bennett’s Cinderella underdog story was popular with the voting media, who pushed him to the Heisman ceremony even as SEC coaches declined to vote him a first-team All-SEC pick.
There were six quarterbacks taken ahead of Bennett in the NFL Draft, including four from the SEC, but he was the only SEC player among the four at the Heisman Trophy ceremony joining winner Caleb Williams (USC), runner-up C.J. Stroud (Ohio State) and third-place Max Duggan (TCU).
The Bulldogs’ offense will look different without Bennett, along with departing mammoth tight end Darnell Washington, versatile tailback Kenny McIntosh, and go-to Texas WR transfer Adonai Mitchell.
The oddsmakers, however, clearly expect Bobo to keep the Georgia offensive moving right along.
Heisman Trophy 2023 odds
Caleb Williams 4-1
Jordan Travis 10-1
Michael Penix Jr. 12-1
Bo Nix 14-1
Carson Beck 16-1
Quinn Ewers 16-1
Drake Maye 18-1
Jayden Daniels 18-1
Cade Klubnik 20-1
Joe Milton 20-1
Marvin Harrison Jr. 20-1
Sam Hartman 20-1
Kyle McCord 22-1
Drew Allar 25-1
Tyler Buchner 25-1
Brock Vandagriff 40-1
Dillon Gabriel 40-1
J.J. McCarthy 40-1
Blake Corum 45-1
DJ Uiagalelei 50-1
Jalen Milroe 50-1
Quinshon Judkins 50-1
Spencer Rattler 50-1
TreVeyon Henderson 50-1
Ty Simpson 50-1
Will Shipley 50-1
Braelon Allen 66-1
Devin Brown 66-1
Jeff Sims 66-1
Nick Singleton 66-1
Nico Iamaleava 66-1
Arch Manning 75-1
KJ Jefferson 75-1
Cameron Rising 80-1
Conner Weigman 80-1
Devin Leary 80-1
Gunner Stockton 80-1
Jase McClellan 80-1
Tanner Mordecai 80-1
Donovan Edwards 100-1
Raheim Sanders 100-1
Shedeur Sanders 100-1
Tyler Shough 100-1
Will Rogers 100-1