Heisman Trophy Sleeper Bet To Consider
His first name may not be Tua or Trevor, but he has gigantic upside
Tate Martell has to win the Miami starting job first, but when he does, he will benefit from what should be a high-powered offensive system. At +6000 to win the Heisman, he's a quality sleeper to place a few bucks on now.
Tate Martell is the most important transfer that has enrolled at The University of Miami in quite some time. He’s listed at +6000 (per DraftKings) to win the Heisman Trophy and is a legitimate sleeper.
The hire of offensive coordinator and quarterback’s coach Dan Enos from the University of Alabama may be the Hurricane’s biggest staff addition in an even longer time.
Enos voluntarily left Alabama and Nick Saban to pursue a different situation. He is perhaps the biggest reason why Martell and Miami can make a significant leap forward this season after the program took a big step back under Mark and Jon Richt.
Enos has a great track record of coaching up quarterbacks and will employ an offense that will utilize the talent that the flagship school in South Florida possesses. Upon his hire, Enos noted, “At Alabama, we did a tremendous job with RPOs last year and that opened up a whole new world to me—getting into some of the creative things we did with that. We would certainly like to be very versatile and you can call it the ‘spread coast’ or whatever you want to call it.”
Last year, Miami ran a strict pro-style offense that offered little creativity.
Martell is expected to win the quarterback job and should have the ability to put up some huge numbers in and air and on the ground.
To be in consideration for the Heisman as a quarterback other than Tua Tagovailoa and Trevor Lawrence, any quarterback will need to take the nation by storm. The top five vote getters for the award last season were all quarterbacks and the fewest touchdowns thrown out of the bunch was 37 by West Virginia’s Will Grier. It’s a tall order for Martell to meet that level of production, but Enos is best suited to nurture and grow his skill set.
N’Kosi Perry and Jarren Williams are keeping the starting quarterback competition a three-man race but Enos recently praised Martell. “He really improved. … We did some things with his grip and his mechanics analysis. To his credit, you can show guys all you want, but if they don’t go in the indoor and spend countless hours working on these things, then it is not going to get corrected. I have been very impressed with Tate throwing the football. After two days, it has been different."
Martell will not be short of options to work with in the ‘Canes offense. He’ll be flanked by a talented receiving core featuring the dynamic Jeff Thomas, a reliable Buffalo transfer in K.J. Osborn, slot receiver Mike Harley and promising tight ends Brevin Jordan and Will Mallory.
Jordan in particular is familiar with Martell as they were teammates at Bishop Gorman HS in Las Vegas.
If there is a weakness in the Miami offense right now it is perhaps the youth of the offensive line. True freshman Zion Nelson appears to be in line to start at left tackle and protect Martell’s blind-side. That’s certainly a big responsibility for someone so inexperienced, but Nelson has been getting strong reviews out of fall camp early on. There should be enough of a running game to help Martell and Enos balance the offense. A trio of highly regarded running backs return: Deejay Dallas, Cam’Ron Davis and Lorenzo Lingard.
Miami will be challenged early with a neutral site opener against the Florida Gators. If Martell and the ‘Canes can survive that game, the rest of the schedule sets up nicely. The biggest tests left after the opener will be a duo of home dates on short rest versus Virginia Tech on October 5th followed by Virginia on October 11th.
Beyond that, there are back-to-back road trips to Pitt and Florida State ending October and heading into November. All told, Florida might be the only top 25 team the ‘Canes are set to face.
A potential ACC title clash with the Clemson Tigers looms if Miami can take care of business and become ACC Coastal Champions. If Martell leads the Hurricanes that far, it could thrust him into the spotlight and perhaps into Heisman contention. The pathway is there; it’s up to Martell to take the job in the coming weeks and not look back.
If you’re looking for a deep sleeper to vault into Heisman talks, Martell has the supporting parts and schedule to pay off the huge upside.
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