Maye has second-best Heisman odds for 2023

By R.L. Bynum

Southern Cal quarterback Caleb Williams is the favorite to repeat as Heisman Trophy winner, but North Carolina redshirt sophomore quarterback Drake Maye has the second-best odds to win the prestigious trophy.

Williams odds are at +400, followed by Maye at +1,000, with three other quarterbacks at +1,200 —  Washington’s Michael Penix Jr., Oregon’s Bo Nix and Florida State’s Jordan Travis.

Maye was the ACC’s player of the year and freshman of the year after throwing for 4,321 yards (fourth in the country), 38 touchdowns (fifth) with an 82.4 quarterback rating (10th). He rushed for 698 yards and seven touchdowns and scored 44 points.

Maye was in the conversation to win the award last season until his performances tailed off after the win at Wake Forest. He still finished 10th in the voting.

Williams will attempt to become the first player to win the award in consecutive seasons since Ohio State running back Archie Griffin did it in 1974 and 1975.

The only other ACC players among the 27 listed are two Clemson players — quarterback Cade Klubnik at +2,000 and running back Will Shipley at +6,000.

Notre Dame quarterback Sam Hartman, a graduate transfer from Wake Forest, is listed at +1,800.

Heisman Trophy odds

Caleb Williams, USC — +400
Drake Maye, North Carolina — 1,000
Michael Penix Jr., Washington — +1,200
Bo Nix, Oregon — +1,200
Jordan Travis, Florida State — +1,200
Brock Vandagriff, Georgia — +1,800
Quinn Ewers, Texas — +1,800
Sam Hartman, Notre Dame — +1,800
Cade Klubnik, Clemson — +2,000
Drew Allar, Penn State — +2,000
Jayden Daniels, LSU — +2,000
Joe Milton, Tennessee — +2,000
J.J. McCarthy, Michigan — +2,500
Kyle McCord, Ohio State — +2,500
Ty Simpson, Alabama — +3,000
Dillon Gabriel, Oklahoma — +3,000
Marvin Harrison Jr., Ohio State — +3,300
Nick Singleton, Penn State — +4,000
Devin Brown, Ohio State — +,5000
Jeff Sims, Nebraska — +5,000
Will Shipley, Clemson — +6,000
Cameron Rising, Utah — +6,000
Quinshon Judkins, Ole Miss — +6,000
KJ Jefferson, Arkansas — +6,000
TreVeyon Henderson, Ohio State — +6,000
Braelon Allen, Wisconsin — +8,000
Conner Weigman, Texas A&M — +8,000

Photo by Taylor Banner/ACC

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