Georgia running back Nick Chubb, Ole Miss signal-caller Chad Kelly, and Alabama pass-catcher Calvin Ridley all are regarded as early 12-to-1 favorites.
Rounding out the SEC contingent includes Tennessee quarterback Josh Dobbs (16-to-1).
Fournette was the potential odds-on favorite for the award for much of 2015 — until LSU’s three-game losing streak effectively took him out of the running. With LSU primed for a big year in 2016, he figures to be in the mix throughout the ’16 slate (injury permitting).
Dually, Kelly and Dobbs appear to be the top-two signal-callers returning in the SEC. Kelly will have an explosive corps of skill players to utilize. UT fans hope Dobbs can finally put it together and compile a consistent — and perhaps breakthrough — year for the Volunteers.
Assuming Chubb has fully recovered from injury, he too could find himself in the final five group for the award next December.