Latest Will Anderson Jr. Heisman Odds: Top Defensive Candidate

Latest Will Anderson Jr. Heisman Odds: Top Defensive Candidate

By Mike Ferguson

Fact Checked by Matthew Asher

After going almost 75 years without a Heisman Trophy winner, Alabama has had more winners since 2009 than any program in the country.. That includes the reigning Heisman Trophy winner in quarterback Bryce Young, but he’s not the only member of the Crimson Tide with those aspirations as EDGE Will Anderson Jr. is the only player on the defensive side of the ball inside the top 15. 

Will Anderson Jr. Odds of Winning 2022 Heisman Trophy

Young won the Heisman Trophy last season, but it may be Anderson who was the top player for Alabama. Anderson was a Unanimous All-American, SEC Defensive Player of the Year and the winner of the Bronko Nagurski Trophy. Anderson hopes to add the most prestigious piece of hardware to his mantle this season. Will Anderson Jr. is currently listed at +4000 to win the Heisman, according to DraftKings Sportsbook.

CJ Stroud, QB, Ohio State+250
Bryce Young, QB, Alabama+350
Caleb Williams, QB, USC+900
Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas+2000
DJ Uiagalelei, QB, Clemson+2800
Dillon Gabriel, QB, Oklahoma+3000
Jaxon Smith-Njigba, WR, Ohio State+3000
Tyler Van Dyke, QB, Miami (Fl.)+3500
Jaxson Dart, QB, Ole Miss+3500
Anthony Richardson, QB, Florida+4000
Kedon Slovis, QB, Pittsburgh+4000
TreVeyon Henderson, RB, Ohio State+4000
Spencer Rattler, QB, South Carolina+4000
⭐️ Will Anderson Jr., EDGE, Alabama+4000
Bo Nix, QB, Oregon+5000
Sam Hartman, QB, Wake Forest+5000
Malik Cunningham, QB, Louisville+5000
Quinn Ewers, QB, Texas+5000

EDITOR'S NOTE: Alabama sports betting is currently prohibited so there are no sports betting apps in Alabama legally offering odds on the Heisman Trophy. Odds from DraftKings Sportsbook, which is available in other states, were used for this article.

Alabama's Will Anderson Jr. Top Defensive Player Among Heisman Favorites

In 2022, Anderson Jr. will be trying to become the second-ever defensive player to win the Heisman Trophy with Michigan's Charles Woodson ('97). 

Alabama's Anderson Jr. has a great chance to be a finalist if he has a similar season to what he produced in 2021. 

Here’s a look at the top five players with the best odds to win the Heisman including Anderson Jr.'s teammate Young:
 

  1. CJ Stroud

    After finishing fourth for the Heisman Trophy last season, Ohio State quarterback CJ Stroud currently holds the best odds at +250. As a redshirt freshman in 2021, Stroud led all Power 5 quarterbacks in yards per pass attempt and passer rating.

  2. Bryce Young

    The reigning Heisman Trophy winner, Bryce Young became the first Alabama quarterback ever to claim college football’s top individual honor. Young (+350) finished with 50 total touchdowns while leading the Crimson Tide to an SEC title and an appearance in the national championship game.

  3. Caleb Williams

    Standing at a distant third, USC quarterback Caleb Williams (+900) may have traded Norman, Okla. for Los Angeles, Calif., but he’ll still have head coach and quarterback guru Lincoln Riley by his side. Despite making just seven starts last season, Williams accounted for 27 total touchdowns. He currently holds the top odds among transfers.

  4. Bijan Robinson

    The only non-quarterback in the top five, Bijan Robinson (+2000) joins a list of great Texas running backs. In 10 games last season, Robinson rushed for more than 1,100 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also caught four touchdown passes for the Longhorns.

  5. D.J. Uiagalelei

    Despite finishing dead last in the ACC in passer rating, Clemson’s DJ Uiagalelei currently holds the fifth-best Heisman odds (+2800) in the country. Uiagalelei helped Clemson to an 11th straight 10-win season in 2021 despite throwing just nine touchdowns compared to 10 interceptions.

Why Are Bookmakers so High on Anderson Jr.?

A behemoth at 6-4 and 245 pounds, Will Anderson Jr. has virtually no weakness in his game. Last season, Anderson led the nation with 17.5 sacks, but that didn’t stop him from reaching the 100-tackle mark.

📸 Dec 4, 2021; Atlanta, GA, USA; Georgia Bulldogs quarterback Stetson Bennett (13) throws a pass against Alabama Crimson Tide linebacker Will Anderson Jr. (31) during the SEC championship game at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. Alabama won 41-24. Mandatory Credit: Gary Cosby Jr.-USA TODAY Sport

 

Best known for his ability to get after the passer, Anderson can also play the run. Anderson has a high motor and is a relentless defender. He added three passes defended last season.

When it comes to the Heisman Trophy, Anderson finished fifth in the voting last season. For defensive players, it is extremely difficult to win the honor. Michigan cornerback Charles Woodson, in 1997, is the only primarily defensive player to ever win the honor. 

Last season, Michigan defensive end Aidan Hutchinson finished second for the award. Anderson became the first linebacker to finish in the top five since 2012 when Notre Dame’s Manti Te’o was runner-up to Texas A&M quarterback Johnny Manziel.  Anderson Jr. isn't the only Heisman favorite from the University of Alabama. Defending Heisman Trophy Winner, Bryce Young's odds to win the Heisman are among the top five favorites.

Odds Will Anderson Jr. is Drafted First Overall

Since Nick Saban has taken over at Alabama in 2007, the Crimson Tide has produced 41 first-round picks 18 of which have been on the defensive side of the ball, but Alabama hasn't produced a number-one overall pick since Harry Gilmer was the first player selected in the 1948 NFL Draft. 

Will Anderson Jr. is currently listed at +330 to be the first-overall pick. Anderson Jr. isn't the only Alabama player with favorable odds to be the first name announced by Roger Goodell in Kansas City as quarterback Bryce Young is currently +225 to be the first overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, behind fellow Heisman Trophy candidate CJ Stroud. 

Will Anderson Jr. Heisman Odds FAQs

Will Anderson Jr. is currently listed at +4000 to win the Heisman, according to DraftKings Sportsbook, which puts him as the defensive player with the best odds.

Alabama does not currently offer legal sports betting but anyone over the age of 21 can place a bet on Heisman odds as long as they are in a state with regulated sports betting like New York, Arizona or Virginia.

Will Anderson Jr. is currently listed at +330 to be the first-overall pick in the 2023 NFL Draft, the third-most favorable odds heading into the 2022-23 season.

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Mike Ferguson is a college football betting analyst for BetAlabama.com. Mike spends his days browsing the latest lines for all the top college football betting markets to find storylines curated specifically for sports bettors in Alabama. From time-to-time Mike will also turn his attention to NFL, NBA, MLB or NHL betting lines that Alabama sports bettors might be interested in but college football odds are Mike's expertise.
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Mike Ferguson is a college football betting analyst for BetAlabama.com. Mike spends his days browsing the latest lines for all the top college football betting markets to find storylines curated specifically for sports bettors in Alabama. From time-to-time Mike will also turn his attention to NFL, NBA, MLB or NHL betting lines that Alabama sports bettors might be interested in but college football odds are Mike's expertise.
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