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10 Sleeper Heisman Trophy Candidates in 2016

Published by Bleacher Report on Thu, 14 Apr 2016

There's no shortage of recognizable names for even the most casual of college football fans in the preseason projections of the 2016 Heisman Trophy race.The second- and third-place finishers from last year, Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey and Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson, are back. Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, who some thought deserved a finalist invite last year, will get another crack at the trophy. LSU running back Leonard Fournette and Florida State running back Dalvin Cook are some of the best bets in the field.But, right now, let's go away from those well-known superstars and their front-runner statuses in the early predictions. What about the sleepers, the dark horses, the undervalued playmakers who could explode onto the scene with a huge game or two in 2016'Here are 10 sleeper picks for this year's Heisman Trophy race, which are largely based on the potential of the players in their individual systems and the returning talent they have around them.For a reference point, "sleepers" are defined here as anyone who has Heisman Trophy odds at or below the 40-1 mark in the most recent list from the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook, which came out late last month. This is a good cutoff point between the more talked-about contenders (ending with Tennessee's Joshua Dobbs and Oregon's Royce Freeman) and those who are largely viewed as long shots.Which sleeper picks for the 2016 Heisman Trophy race are you valuing this offseason' Let us know in the comments below.Begin Slideshow
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