Cam Akers (RB – FSU) ML +5000
Why Cam Akers will win the Heisman:
Sports media and Heisman voters alike love “firsts.” Johnny Manziel was the first (redshirt) Freshman Heisman winner. Marcus Mariota was the first Polynesian Heisman winner. Lamar Jackson was the first Louisville Heisman winner. Cam Akers could be the first true-Freshman Heisman Trophy winner. Blessed with one of the best offensive lines in the country, it’s not a matter of ‘if’ but ‘how’ much of an impact will Cam Akers make on the preseason #3 Florida State Seminoles. Akers’ high school stats are ridiculous. As a Senior QB/RB, he threw for over 3,100 yards, ran for over 2,100 yards and compiled 65 total TD’s. What!? When I thought I had a good game in high school it was 150 passing yards, 50 rushing and maybe, just maybe a touchdown. Dalvin Cook 2.0 on a national championship contending team is a great recipe for Heisman potential. Bonus: possible first true-freshman Heisman winner.
Deondre Francois (QB – FSU) ML +1800
Why Deondre Francois will win the Heisman:
Cam Akers might be a hot pick for Heisman glory, however Seminoles’ QB Deondre Francois will make his own strong case for the hardware. Last years’ Rookie of the Year in the ACC, Francois led the Seminoles to a 10-3 record, throwing for 3,350 yards and 20 TD’s. Francois showed his toughness as he survived 34 sacks, a number that’s sure to dwindle in 2017 with a better, more experienced offensive line. If Akers plays like an actual true Freshman and FSU still has great success offensively, Francois will garner the credit and his name will hover around the Heisman discussion so long as FSU stays in the national championship picture.
Big Games on Tap*:
9/2 FSU @ #1 Alabama -game is in Atlanta, GA
9/16 FSU v. #18 Miami (FL)
10/21 FSU v. #17 Louisville
11/11 FSU @ #5 Clemson
11/25 FSU @ #16 Florida
*Rankings courtesy of the Coaches Poll
Why These Seminoles Won’t Win The Heisman:
That schedule is brutal. Not that FSU needs to go undefeated for one of their players to win the Heisman, but strong performances need to be had against really good defenses (Alabama and Florida in particular). A trip to the ACC Championship would certainly help things as the game will be played the Saturday before Heisman voting.
We also haven’t mentioned that the Seminoles best player is on the other side of the ball, Safety Derwin James.