Monday, June 21, 2010

VEGAS TABS PRYOR AS ONE OF THE FAVORITES TO WIN HEISMAN IN 2010

(Photo of Terrelle Pryor by The Buckeye Times/Darla Dunkle-Hudnell)

What are the chances that Ohio State lands its eighth Heisman Trophy this December? According to the Las Vegas oddsmakers, the answer is +550 (5 1/2 to 1).

Vegas has tabbed Ohio State junior quarterback Terrelle Pryor as a top two contender for the prestigious trophy, which is awarded to the nation's best collegiate football player. The Buckeyes signal caller is listed only behind last year's winner, Alabama running back Mark Ingram (+380).

Washington's Jake Locker (+800), Arkansas' Ryan Mallett (+1200) and West Virginia's Noel Devine (1400) round out Vegas' top five contenders.

Pryor, who is coming off a stellar ending to his sophomore season, where he won MVP honors in the Buckeyes' 26-17 Rose Bowl victory over Oregon, is getting plenty of Heisman talk all around the country.

In fact, Phil Steele, publisher and author of Phil Steele's College Football Preview, listed Pryor as his favorite to win the trophy in this season's publication.

Ohio State players who have won the Heisman Trophy: Les Horvath (1944), Vic Janowicz (1950), Howard Cassady (1955), Archie Griffin (1974-1975), Eddie George (1995) and Troy Smith (2006).

Only Notre Dame and USC have as many winners as the Buckeyes.

THE KILLER B's ON OUTLAND WATCH LIST — Senior guards Justin Boren and Bryant Browning, as well as junior center Michael Brewster, have been named to the 2010 Outland Trophy Watch List, the Football Writers Association of America (FWAA) announced on Monday.

The Outland Trophy is awarded to the nation's best interior lineman.

MORE TROPHY TALK — The FWAA also announced on Monday that Ohio State senior defensive end Cameron Heyward and senior linebacker Ross Homan, are among 70 college football players who have made the 2010 Bronko Nagurski Trophy Watch List.

The trophy is awarded by the FWAA and the Charlotte Touchdown Club to the country's best defensive player.

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