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Heisman Trophy: Odds, winners trophy, when is it awarded?

The Heisman Trophy is awarded to the most outstanding player in college football.

LSU quarterback Jayden Daniels won the 2023 Heisman Trophy, beating out finalists Washington QB Michael Penix Jr., Oregon QB Bo Nix, and Ohio State WR Marvin Harrison Jr.

Daniels threw for 3,812 yards and 40 touchdowns with just four interceptions while adding 1,134 rush yards and 10 rushing touchdowns in the 2023 season. He became the third LSU player in history to win the Heisman, joining Billy Cannon in 1959 and Joe Burrow in 2019. 

Continue reading for the latest Heisman Trophy odds for 2024, past winners, trophy information, and more. 

2024/25 Heisman Trophy odds

Carson Beck


Dillon Gabriel


Jalen Milroe


Quinn Ewers


Will Howard


Garrett Nussmeier


Jaxson Dart


Nico Iamaleava


Jackson Arnold


Noah Fifita


Carson Beck +800

Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Carson Beck returns as the team's starting QB for the second straight year. He led the SEC in pass completions (302) and passing yards (3,941) in 2023/24, and he finished third in the conference in passing TDs with 24.

He'll be looking to make a case for himself as the No. 1 overall draft pick ahead of the 2025 NFL Draft.

Dillon Gabriel +800

Quarterback Dillon Gabriel had a solid year for the Oklahoma Sooners in 2023/24, and he earned a transfer to Oregon as a result of his dual-threat abilities that included 30 passing touchdowns and 12 rushing touchdowns.

He'll have the difficult task of replacing NFL-bound Bo Nix, but Gabriel has improved over the course of his five seasons in college football and will provide more of a presence on the ground than Nix did in Oregon coach Dan Lanning's system.

Jalen Milroe +800

Alabama QB Jalen Milroe played like a Heisman candidate at times in 2023/24, but his and his team's inconsistency held him back from contention. He has a new coach in Kalen DeBoer, and after DeBoer developed Michael Penix Jr. into a bona fide Heisman candidate, Milroe should look forward to starting the season.

While Penix became known for his arm strength and playmaking ability through the air, Milroe had 161 carries and 12 rushing touchdowns last season. The biggest question is whether DeBoer leans into Milroe's running ability or if he tries to get his new QB to throw like his last one.

Quinn Ewers +800

The 2024/25 season will be Ewers' second with Arch Manning breathing down his neck as the backup, but all Ewers did under that situation last season was lead his team to the College Football Playoff.

Ewers improved greatly from his first to his second season, but this time around, he'll be without top targets Adonai Mitchell and Xavier Worthy. If he can replicate last season's success without those two star wideouts and with his team joining the SEC, he'll stick around as a Heisman favorite.

Will Howard +1200

QB Will Howard transferred from Kansas State to Ohio State in the offseason, where he'll join an offense that includes wide receiver Emeka Egbuka and running backs TreVeyon Henderson and Quinshon Judkins.

Howard, who has one season - his most recent - with a completion percentage over 60 percent, will have to fight off competition from a pair of highly-regarded recruits in Julian Sayin and Air Noland.

Heisman Trophy Winners by Year

2023Jayden DanielsQuarterbackLSU
2022Caleb WilliamsQuarterbackUSC
2021Bryce YoungQuarterbackAlabama
2020DeVonta SmithWide receiverAlabama
2019Joe BurrowQuarterbackLSU
2018Kyler MurrayQuarterbackOklahoma
2017Baker MayfieldQuarterbackOklahoma
2016Lamar JacksonQuarterbackLouisville
2015Derrick HenryRunning backAlabama
2014Marcus MariotaQuarterbackOregon
2013Jameis WinstonQuarterbackFlorida State
2012Johnny ManzielQuarterbackTexas A&M
2011Robert Griffin IIIQuarterbackBaylor
2010Cam NewtonQuarterbackAuburn
2009Mark Ingram IIRunning backAlabama
2008Sam BradfordQuarterbackOklahoma
2007Tim TebowQuarterbackFlorida
2006Troy SmithQuarterbackOhio State
2005Reggie Bush (rescinded)Running BackUSC
2004Matt LeinartQuarterbackUSC
2003Jason WhiteQuarterbackOklahoma
2002Carson PalmerQuarterbackUSC
2001Eric CrouchQuarterbackNebraska
2000Chris WeinkeQuarterbackFlorida State
1999Ron DayneRunning backWisconsin
1998Ricky WilliamsRunning backTexas
1997Charles WoodsonDefensive backMichigan
1996Danny WuerffelQuarterbackFlorida
1995Eddie GeorgeRunning backOhio State
1994Rashaan SalaamRunning backColorado
1993Charlie WardQuarterbackFlorida State
1992Gino TorrettaQuarterbackMiami (FL)
1991Desmond HowardWide receiverMichigan
1990Ty DetmerQuarterbackBYU
1989Andre WareQuarterbackHouston
1988Barry SandersRunning backOklahoma State
1987Tim BrownWide receiverNotre Dame
1986Vinny TestaverdeQuarterbackMiami (FL)
1985Bo JacksonRunning backAuburn
1984Doug FlutieQuarterbackBoston College
1983Mike RozierRunning backNebraska
1982Herschel WalkerRunning backGeorgia
1981Marcus AllenRunning backUSC
1980George RogersRunning backSouth Carolina
1979Charles WhiteRunning backUSC
1978Billy SimsRunning backOklahoma
1977Earl CampbellRunning backTexas
1976Tony DorsettRunning backPittsburgh
1975Archie GriffinRunning backOhio State
1974Archie GriffinRunning backOhio State
1973John CappellettiRunning backPenn State
1972Johnny RodgersWide receiverNebraska
1971Pat SullivanQuarterbackAuburn
1970Jim PlunkettQuarterbackStanford
1969Steve OwensRunning backOklahoma
1968OJ SimpsonRunning backUSC
1967Gary BeganQuarterbackUCLA
1966Steve SpurrierQuarterbackFlorida
1965Mike GarrettRunning backUSC
1964John HuarteQuarterbackNotre Dame
1963Roger StaubachQuarterbackNavy
1962Terry BakerQuarterbackOregon State
1961Ernie DavisRunning back/LinebackerSyracuse
1960Joe BellinoRunning backNavy
1959Billy CannonRunning backLSU
1958Pete DawkinsRunning backArmy
1957John David CrowRunning backTexas A&M
1956Paul HornungQuarterbackNotre Dame
1955Howard CassadyRunning backOhio State
1954Alan AmecheRunning backWisconsin
1953Johnny LattnerRunning backNotre Dame
1952Billy VesselsRunning backOklahoma
1951Dick KazmaierRunning backPrinceton
1950Vic JanowiczRunning backOhio State
1949Leon HartRunning back/Wide receiverNotre Dame
1948Doak WalkerRunning backSMU
1947Johnny LujackQuarterbackNotre Dame
1946Glenn DavisRunning backArmy
1945Doc BlanchardRunning backArmy
1944Les HorvathQuarterback/Running backOhio State
1943Angelo BertelliQuarterbackNotre Dame
1942Frank SinkwichRunning backGeorgia
1941Bruce SmithRunning backMinnesota
1940Tom HarmonRunning backMichigan
1939Nile KinnickQuarterback/Running backIowa
1938Davey O'BrienQuarterbackTCU
1937Clint FrankRunning backYale
1936Larry KelleyEndYale
1935Jay BerwangerRunning backChicago

Heisman Trophy announcement

The Heisman Trophy winner is announced during the Heisman Trophy Ceremony, which takes place annually and airs on ESPN after the conclusion of the college football regular season. In 2023, Jayden Daniels was announced as the winner on December 9. The ceremony has been held at Jazz at Lincoln Center in New York, New York, since 2021.

Heisman Trophy voting

A total of 870 media members in the United States vote for the Heisman Trophy winner. Also eligible to vote are former Heisman winners, of which there are 57 currently living. Fans can vote on the Trophy in limited fashion in 2023: Fans can vote for their Heisman pick through trophy sponsor Nissan's website, and the player receiving the most votes will have one additional vote added to their tally.

Who is the Heisman Trophy named after?

The Heisman Trophy is named after legendary college football coach and innovator John Heisman. After playing for Brown and Penn in college, Heisman took up head coaching roles with Auburn, Clemson, Georgia Tech, Penn, and Rice. He is credited with legalizing the forward pass, among other key innovations to the sport in the 19th and 20th centuries. 

Heisman passed away in 1936, and two months later the once Downtown Athletic Club trophy was re-named in his honor.

The Heisman Trophy

The Heisman Trophy features a statue of Ed Smith, who played football at New York University and was drafted in the third round of the 1936 NFL Draft. Smith never won the Heisman Trophy, but he was presented with a version of the trophy in 1985 since his stiff-arm has become synonymous with college football excellence. The trophy is 13.5 inches tall, 14 inches long, 16 inches in width, and it weighs 45 pounds.

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