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Heisman Favorites: I've said it before. There is no other sports award that gets more hype than the Heisman Trophy. The college football season has yet to begin, but we're already putting out our lists of frontrunners.

On3 has their 10 Heisman Favorites posted. Surprise, surprise (in your best Gomer voice), it's a bunch of quarterbacks.

There's no need to call them out for that. They're probably right. The winner is almost always a quarterback - almost.

Devonta Smith did win it a few years ago. The receiver for Alabama was the first non-quarterback or non-running back to win it since Charles Woodson in 1997.

One of the names on the On3 list is Marvin Harrison Jr. He is the only player on their top ten who is not a quarterback.

Harrison is very good and is of course the son of the legendary receiver of the same name. That is a point in his favor. He will have to be break in a new quarterback this season though. That might make a difference.

No. 1 on the list compiled by Jess Simonton is Caleb Williams, last year's winner. One thing that almost never happens is having repeat winners - almost. Archie Griffin of Ohio State is the only player to defy that theory.

Of all the players on the watch list, only one is from the SEC - Jayden Daniels of LSU. Three of the past four winners of the award have been from SEC schools. In addition to Smith, Bryce Young (also of Alabama) and Joe Burrow (of LSU) have hoisted the hardware.

Why so many quarterbacks? Offenses are centered around the position more than ever. Running games are secondary in most cases.

Alabama's Derrick Henry (2015) and Mark Ingram (2009) join Reggie Bush (2005) as the only non-qb winners of the past 20 years. Bush's has been vacated since.

Vegas agrees with On3 giving Williams the best chance to win. Florida State's Jordan Travis is next (odds-wise) tied with a couple of PAC-12 QBs; Michael Penix and Bo Nix. Yes, the same Bo Nix who played at Auburn.

Alabama signal callers Ty Simpson and Tyler Buchner are +5000 on the Vegas board. Where's Jalen Milroe? He's +10000. That tells you what the oddsmakers thing about Bama's quarterback battle.

Auburn's Robby Ashford slipped to +15000 with the addition of Payton Thorne to the roster, who is also at +15000.

Some of these hopefuls will be showcased in a few weeks in Nashville for SEC Media Days. Be sure to listen to coverage on the Wake-Up Call presented by CB&S Bank and River Region Sports on July 18 and 19 on WTLS - Score 94.7/Hit 106.9.