DJ Uiagalelei has big shoes to fill in 2024. Florida State’s new quarterback is coming back to the ACC after a season with Oregon State that really helped him recapture form and boost his confidence. With Jonathan Smith leaving the Beavers, Uiagaleli ventured back into the portal and signed with the Seminoles as the replacement for Jordan Travis.

Had Travis not been injured late in the season, it’s likely Florida State would have gone to the College Football Playoff and entirely possible he would have gone to New York City as a Heisman Trophy finalist. When FanDuel released opening odds for the 2024 Heisman Trophy, Uiagalelei was among the top players from the ACC.

His odds (+2500) were 13th-best among all players.

Clemson’s Cade Klubnik and Notre Dame’s Riley Leonard each had +2400 odds to win the Heisman. The favorites were all SEC quarterbacks — Texas’s Quinn Ewers (+750), Alabama’s Jalen Milroe (+750), and Georgia’s Carson Beck (+850).

Uiagalelei threw for 2,638 yards and 21 touchdowns this season for Oregon State. He also ran for six touchdowns and an additional 219 yards. He completed just 57% of his passes and was picked off seven times. It was a run-first approach from the Beavers, as Uiagalelei threw more than 25 times in a game only five times in 12 appearances.

Travis threw for 2,756 yards and 20 touchdowns in 11 games while adding another seven rushing scores on the ground.

The top odds (at opening) are below:

  • Quinn Ewers, Texas — +750
  • Jalen Milroe, Alabama — +750
  • Carson Beck, Georgia — +850
  • Dillon Gabriel, Oregon — +1100
  • Conner Weigman, Texas A&M — +1700
  • Will Howard, Ohio State — +1900
  • JJ McCarthy, Michigan — +1900
  • Jackson Arnold, Oklahoma — +2000
  • Jaxson Dart, Ole Miss — +2100
  • Garrett Nussmeier, LSU — +2200
  • Cade Klubnik, Clemson — +2400
  • Riley Leonard, Notre Dame — +2400
  • D.J. Uiagalelei, Florida State — +2500
  • Will Rogers, Washington — +3100
  • Drew Allar, Penn State — +3300
  • Devin Brown, Ohio State — +4300
  • Noah Fifita, Arizona — +4600
  • Jalon Daniels, Kansas — +5000
  • Dante Moore, Oregon — +6000
  • Tetairoa McMillan, Arizona — +6500