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PSU's Barkley, McSorley among 2017 Heisman favorites

  • PSU's Saquon Barkley and Trace McSorley are among the 2017 Heisman favorites at 10/1.
  • The 2017 Heisman favorite, according to Bovada, is Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield.
  • Lamar Jackson, the 2016 winner, is listed at 7/1, behind Mayfield (11/2) and J.T. Barrett (6/1).

Penn State's Saquon Barkley and Trace McSorley are getting some early attention for the 2017 Heisman Trophy race.

Online betting site Bovada gave the Penn State duo 10/1 odds to win the Heisman next season. Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield is Bovada's early frontrunner at 11/2.

Running back Saquon Barkley is coming off a sensational sophomore season and is just one of a number of Nittany Lions receiving immense preseason hype.

Ohio State quarterback J.T. Barrett is second at 6/1, and 2016 Heisman winner Lamar Jackson of Louisville is third at 7/1.

Here are the top Heisman contenders, according to Bovada.

Quarterback Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma), 11/2

Quarterback J.T. Barrett (Ohio State), 6/1

Quarterback Lamar Jackson (Louisville), 7/1

Quarterback Sam Darnold (USC), 9/1

Running back Saquon Barkley (Penn State), 10/1

Quarterback Jake Browning (Washington), 10/1

Quarterback Trace McSorley (Penn State), 10/1

Quarterback Deondre Francois (Florida State), 12/1

Quarterback Josh Rosen (UCLA), 12/1

Quarterback Mason Rudolph (Oklahoma State), 12/1

Quarterback Jalen Hurts (Alabama), 12/1



Lions lose recruit: Penn State got some bad news on the recruiting trail on Sunday when linebacker Dylan Rivers announced he was switching him verbal commitment from PSU to Virginia Tech.

Rivers committed to the Lions way back in November of 2015. Penn State now has 18 commitments in its class of 2017, leaving it room to sign one to possibly three more prospects. The Lions' 2017 class is ranked No. 12 by

The 6-foot, 2-inch, 230-pound Rivers is from Stephens City, Virginia. He posted a Tweet asking fans to: "Respect MY decision!" He was rated a four-star recruit on a five-star scale.

Some PSU fans were hoping to add a big-name recruit Monday night when cornerback Tariq Castro-Fields was expected to announce his decision.

At the last minute, however, Castro-Fields announced he was pushing back his announcement until Feb. 1, which is National Signing Day.

The Lions were thought to be the leader for Castro-Fields, a 6-foot, 1-inch, 175-pounder is also rated a four-star recruit. PSU, Alabama and Maryland are thought to be the major contenders.

Castro-Fields is from Upper Marlboro, Maryland.

Defensive tackle reportedly leaves program: Defensive tackle Brenon Thrift is reportedly no longer a member of the Penn State football program.

Lions247 first reported on Monday afternoon, and PennLive later confirmed, that Thrift is no longer with the team. Thrift transferred to PSU from Lackanwanna Community College for the 2016 season.

In his one year with the Nittany Lions, the 6-foot-3, 290-pounder did not record any defensive stats or appear on the team's depth chart.

Thrift is the second defensive lineman to leave PSU this offseason. Antoine White announced his plans to transfer last week.