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Adrian Martinez a Top-5 Heisman Trophy Contender After Impressive Spring Game

Nebraska QB Adrian Martinez.
Nebraska QB Adrian Martinez is a top-five Heisman favorite after his impressive performance in the school's 2019 Spring Game. Photo by Twitter user @BarstoolHusker.
  • Nebraska went a disappointing 4-8 in Adrian Martinez’s freshman season
  • Expectations are much higher for the Huskers and their dual-threat QB, especially after an impressive Spring Game
  • Can Martinez possibly beat out Clemson’s Trevor Lawrence and Alabama’s Tua Tagovailoa for the 2019 Heisman?

Spring football has fans geared up for another wild college football season and BetOnline is here to help you get ready.  They’ve listed 2019 Heisman Trophy odds after the Spring Games and Nebraska QB Adrian Martinez has shot up the board.

2019 Heisman Trophy Favorites and Odds

Player (Team, Position) 2019 Heisman odds at BetOnline
Trevor Lawrence (Clemson, QB) +350
Tua Tagovailoa (Alabama, QB) +500
Jalen Hurts (Oklahoma, QB) +650
Adrian Martinez (Nebraska, QB) +1200
D’Andre Swift (Georgia, RB) +1200
Jake Fromm (Georgia, QB) +1200
Jonathan Taylor (Wisconsin, RB) +1200
Justin Fields (Ohio State, QB) +1200
Travis Etienne (Clemson, RB) +1200

*odds 4/18

Martinez had a great Spring Game, throwing for 110 yards and a touchdown in one half of football, while adding another major on the ground.

It was a nice performance, but not that justifies the massive jump he took up the odds board.  He’s still a long shot compared to Lawrence and Tagavailor, and even Hurts, for that matter, who’s transferred to Oklahoma.

Who should you bet?  Here’s the case for why Trevor Lawrence is providing the best value despite being listed as the favorite.

Trevor Lawrence Is The Clear Favorite For The Heisman Trophy

Lawrence dominated college football as a freshman.  He began the year as the backup, stole the starting gig from senior Kelly Bryant, and finished with 3,280 yards passing to go along with 30 TD passes and only 4 interceptions.

If those stats aren’t impressive enough, he led the Clemson Tigers to the National Championship by throwing for 6 TD’s and 0 picks in the two playoff games, while throwing for 674 yards.  Those are crazy numbers when you consider he was playing against defenses from Notre Dame and Alabama.

College football is looking for its next superstar and doesn’t need to look any further. The wild part is Lawrence can’t enter the draft until two years from now.  If he plays both years, it’s entirely possible he joins Archie Griffin as the only player to win two Heisman Trophies.

Clemson has a cupcake schedule thanks to playing in the ACC and will provide Lawrence with multiple opportunities to pile up the stats.  With that easy conference schedule and non-conference games against Charlotte and Wofford, he will put up monster numbers as the Tigers march back to the CFP for the fifth straight year.

Tua Tagovailoa, Jalen Hurts, and Martinez are great players, as well, but I don’t expect any of them to be able to keep pace with the Tigers’ phenom quarterback.

PICK: TREVOR LAWRENCE (+350)

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Ryan has been working at TSN for over nine years, and is now a lead writer and content producer at That's Hockey. Over the years, he's launched and hosted TSN's first NCAAF podcast, The College Football Show, and been featured on the likes of TSN 1050, Sportscentre, and That's Hockey 2Nite.