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Alabama’s Calvin Ridley an early hopeful for 2016 Heisman Trophy

Cedric Mason- Touchdown Alabama Magazine

Let the preseason Heisman talk begin!

Former five-star recruit Calvin Ridley had a monster freshman season at Alabama, totaling 89 receptions for 1,045 yards and seven touchdowns. He made the Freshman All-America team, courtesy of Football Writers Association of America and became the first wide out in school history to record over 1,000 yards as a freshman. Clemson quarterback Deshaun Watson and Stanford running back Christian McCaffrey are the two leaders in next season’s Heisman conversation, yet according to Bovada (Las Vegas) Ridley is in the talk too.

https://twitter.com/BovadaLV/status/689580895645335552

He stands 11th  behind Oklahoma running back  Samaje Perine with odds at +1600. With Alabama returning a healthy Robert Foster, Ridley will have a chance to line up everywhere on the field and create separation. He may even have his quarterback from the Under Armour All-America Game throwing to him in redshirt freshman Blake Barnett.

Listed below are the odds for each potential candidate to win the Heisman.

QB Deshaun Watson (Clemson)- +450, 9/2

RB Christian McCaffrey (Stanford)- +500, 5/1

RB Leonard Fournette (LSU)- +500, 5/1

QB Baker Mayfield (Oklahoma)- +1000, 10/1

QB JT Barrett (Ohio State)- +1000, 10/1

QB Chad Kelly (Ole Miss)- +1200, 12/1

RB Dalvin Cook (Florida State)- +1200, 12/1

RB Nick Chubb (Georgia)- +1200, 12/1

RB Royce Freeman (Oregon)- +1400, 14/1

RB Samaje Perine (Oklahoma)- +1400, 14/1

WR Calvin Ridley (Alabama)- +1600, 16/1

QB Joshua Dobbs (Tennessee)- +1600, 16/1

QB Josh Rosen (UCLA)- +2000, 20/1

QB Brad Kaaya (Miami)- +3300, 33/1

Stephen M. Smith is a senior analyst and columnist for Touchdown Alabama MagazineYou can “like” him on Facebook or “follow” him on Twitter, via @ESPN_Future.

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