A pair of quarterbacks, each on one side of the Red River, lead the Big 12 in the 2022 Heisman Trophy odds and neither one of them played for the respective teams last season.
Texas quarterback Quinn Ewers, and Oklahoma quarterback Dillon Gabriel both come in at +4000 in the Heisman odds, according to FanDuel Sportsbook.
While Ewers hasn’t technically been named the starter in Austin, it would be extremely surprising if he wasn’t under center for the Longhorns to start the 2022 season.
“I think in Quinn we see so much of just the raw talent,” Texas coach Steve Sarkisian said of Ewers. “The raw arm strength, the different arm angles. But what I will say about Quinn, he’s very coachable. And he’s a guy that, when we work on something and then he goes out and does it and maybe does it right, (and if not) we watch the tape, he gets it fixed the next time out. So there’s a lot of teachable moments for him right now, but I think he’s taking those teachable moments and he’s growing from them. So I really like the room. I like where we’re at…”
Ewers will likely thrive in Sarkisian’s system, making him a great sleeper to win the Heisman trophy next season if the Longhorns can find a way to live up to expectations.
On the other side of the rivalry, Oklahoma quarterback Dillon Gabriel is undoubtedly QB1 for his team, as he is the only quarterback with college experience on the roster with the departures of Caleb Williams and Spencer Rattler this offseason.
Gabriel’s experience in Jeff Lebby’s system gives him the nod in Norman after a prolific three-year tenure in Orlando with the UCF Knights, where he threw for 8,037 yards, 70 touchdowns, and just 14 interceptions. If he can build off of his early success last season, which was cut short after breaking his collarbone in Game 3, Gabriel and the Sooners could put up gaudy numbers in 2022.
Here is a look at all 11 players who are listed as the Heisman favorites (+5000 or better).
- Will Levis, QB, Kentucky (+5000)
- Spencer Rattler, QB, South Carolina (+5000)
- Bijan Robinson, RB, Texas (+5000)
- Kedon Slovis, QB, Pittsburgh (+4000)
- Dillon Gabriel, QB, Oklahoma (+4000)
- Quinn Ewers, QB, Texas (+4000)
- Jaxson Dart, QB, Ole Miss (+3000)
- Tyler Van Dyke, QB, Miami (+3000)
- D.J. Uiagalelei, QB, Clemson (+3000)
- Caleb Williams, QB, USC (+1200)
- Bryce Young, QB, Alabama (+400)
- C.J. Stroud, QB, Ohio State (+200)