COLUMBIA - South Carolina running back Mike Davis is one of 23 players across the country, including six in the SEC, listed as a Heisman Trophy candidate by the Las Vegas odds makers.
The junior tailback was given 20-to-1 odds of winning the Heisman Trophy, according to Bovada Sportsbook. Davis is tied with Auburn quarterback Nick Marshall and Alabama running back Derrick Henry for 10th-best odds on the list.
Quarterbacks have won the past four Heisman Trophy awards, and 12 of the past 13. Naturally, Bovada's list is quarterback-heavy, with the position occupying the top four spots. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston - the reigning Heisman Trophy winner - was given the best odds at 5-to-2. Oregon's Marcus Mariota was second at 5-to-1, Ohio State's Braxton Miller was third at 11-to-2, and Baylor's Bryce Petty was fourth at 10-to-1.
Davis was tied for the fourth-best odds of any running back, behind Georgia's Todd Gurley (12-to-1), Alabama's T.J. Yeldon (14-to-1) and Wisconsin's Melvin Gordon (18-to-1). Six running backs have won the Heisman Trophy since 1994. The last tailback to win was Mark Ingram of Alabama in 2009.
Here is the full list of Heisman Trophy odds for the 2014 season.
Jameis Winston, QB, Florida State: 5-to-2
Marcus Mariota, QB, Oregon: 5-to-1
Braxton Miller, QB, Ohio State: 11-to-2
Bryce Petty, QB, Baylor: 10-to-1
Todd Gurley, RB, Georgia: 12-to-1
Brett Hundley, QB, UCLA: 14-to-1
Everett Golson, QB, Notre Dame: 14-to-1
T.J. Yeldon, RB, Alabama: 14-to-1
Melvin Gordon, RB, Wisconsin: 18-to-1
Mike Davis, RB, South Carolina: 20-to-1
Derrick Henry, RB, Alabama: 20-to-1
Nick Marshall, QB, Auburn: 20-to-1
Connor Cook, QB, Michigan State: 25-to-1
Trevor Knight, QB, Oklahoma: 25-to-1
Ameer Abdullah, RB, Nebraska: 28-to-1
Sean Mannion, QB, Oregon State: 28-to-1
Taylor Kelly, QB, Arizona State: 28-to-1
Dak Prescott, QB, Mississippi State: 33-to1
Duke Johnson, RB, Miami: 33-to-1
Karlos Williams, RB, Florida State: 33-to-1
Myles Jack, LB, UCLA: 33-to-1
Matt Johnson, QB, Bowling Green: 66-to-1
Rakeem Cato, QB, Marshall: 66-to-1
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