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Robert Griffin III Names His 5 Heisman Front Runners

Robert Griffin III

A former player who knows a thing or two about winning the Heisman Trophy has named his frontrunners for the prestigious award.

Former Baylor star turned ESPN commentator Robert Griffin III tweeted his top five Heisman favorites at the midpoint of the regular season.

All five players are quarterbacks, which isn't a shock from a former signal-caller, but a couple of the names on Griffin's list might come as a surprise.

Griffin picked Tennessee quarterback Hendon Hooker, not Ohio State's C.J. Stroud, as his Heisman favorite. Hooker has been impressive, completing 70 percent of his passes and scoring 13 touchdowns without an interception through five games. But Stroud is widely viewed as the heavy favorite to lift the trophy. According to DraftKings, Stroud's odds are -130 to win the Heisman, while Hooker's are +1100.

Griffin listed Stroud as his second favorite. Behind him is TCU quarterback Max Duggan and then USC quarterback Caleb Williams.

Griffin's fifth selection might be the most eye-opening. He gave some love to Jackson State quarterback Shedeur Sanders, the son of former NFL great and current Tigers coach Deion Sanders. 

The younger Sanders has put up big numbers this season, having thrown for 1,723 yards and 17 touchdowns through five games. But all of those games have come against FCS competition. No FCS player has ever won the Heisman.