Updated Heisman Trophy odds show that Jake Fromm might be getting overlooked

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Jake Fromm is one of the top quarterbacks in the country. In the last two seasons, he’s racked up a 23-5 record as a starter while throwing 54 touchdowns compared to just 14 interceptions. In that time, Georgia has not dropped a division game and won an SEC Championship and Rose Bowl game as well.

But despite all of his accomplishments, Fromm isn’t seen as a true top Heisman Trophy candidate according to the latest odds. According to the odds put out by BetOnline, Fromm has 14-to-1 odds to win the 2019 Heisman Trophy. Those are the seventh-best odds overall, but he’s sixth among quarterbacks.

It makes sense that Tua Tagovailoa of Alabama and Trevor Lawrence of Clemson would be ahead of Fromm, given the two played in the national championship game a season ago while also putting monster stats during the 2018 season.

But some of the quarterbacks with better odds than Fromm include Oklahoma quarterback Jalen Hurts, Nebraska quarterback Adrian Martinez and Ohio State quarterback Justin Fields. Combined, those three quarterbacks won a total of 4 games as starting quarterbacks during the 2018 season. Fields was also at Georgia with Fromm, but was unable to wrestle away the starting job.

Hurts and Fields are both in their first year at Oklahoma and Ohio State this season.

Fromm will be asked to do more during the 2019 season, as Georgia must replace its top-five receiving leaders from the 2018 team. But Fromm has indicated he’s ready for what he has to do during the upcoming year.

“For me, it’s about getting the guys around me better. Getting them as knowledgeable about the offense as I am,” Fromm said. “Being able to switch things up and change based on what the defense shows.”

Fromm will be attending SEC Media Days and representing Georgia when the media meets with the team on Tuesday.

Georgia running back D’Andre Swift also holds 14-to-1 odds on winning the Heisman Trophy. The only running back with better odds than Swift is Wisconsin running back Jonathan Taylor at 12-to-1 odds. Clemson running back Travis Etienne also has 14-to-1 odds to win the award.

A season ago, Swift rushed for 1,049 rushing yards and 10 rushing touchdowns. And those numbers were suppressed due to Swift not being fully recovered from groin surgery during the 2018 offseason. Georgia also has to replace fellow 1,000-yard rusher Elijah Holyfield, meaning Swift has the opportunity to have an even bigger 2019 season.

Related: Kirby Smart details how D’Andre Swift has ‘set himself apart’ this spring

Georgia will play two other Heisman candidates during the 2019 season. Notre Dame quarterback Ian Book has 20-to-1 odds, while Missouri quarterback Kelly Bryant comes in at 25-to-1. The Bulldogs play Notre Dame on Sept. 21 and Missouri on Nov. 9.

BetOnline also released odds for the SEC champion. The Bulldogs had 5-to-2 odds, behind only Alabama at 1-to-2. The next closest teams are Florida and LSU, who both come in at 14-to-1. Georgia has lost to Alabama in each of the last two season’s but the Bulldogs did lead for the majority of both games.

Fromm, Swift and the rest of the Bulldogs open the 2019 season on Aug. 31 when the Bulldogs take on Vanderbilt. The game is scheduled for a 7:30 p.m. ET kickoff and the game will air on SEC Network.

 2019 Heisman Trophy Odds

Tua Tagovailoa 5/2 Trevor Lawrence 3/1 Jalen Hurts 8/1 Adrian Martinez 10/1 Justin Fields 11/1 Jonathan Taylor 12/1 Jake Fromm 14/1 D’Andre Swift 14/1 Travis Etienne 14/1 Justin Herbert 16/1 Sam Ehlinger 16/1 Ian Book 20/1 Austin Kendall 25/1 Jerry Jeudy 25/1 Kelly Bryant 25/1 JT Daniels 25/1 Shea Patterson 28/1 K.J. Costello 33/1 Rondale Moore 33/1

2019 SEC Championship odds

Alabama 1/2 Georgia 5/2 Florida 14/1 LSU 14/1 Auburn 28/1 Mississippi State 33/1 Kentucky 33/1 Texas A&M 33/1 Tennessee 80/1 South Carolina 80/1 Ole Miss 150/1 Vanderbilt 150/1

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