Baker Mayfield Wins 2017 Heisman Trophy Over Lamar Jackson, Bryce Love

Heisman Trophy finalists from left Lamar Jackson Bryce Love and Baker
Heisman Trophy finalists from left Lamar Jackson Bryce Love and Baker
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12 December, 2017

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, last year's Heisman victor, was third, the best finish by a returning victor since Tim Tebow of Florida in 2008.

Mayfield is the 83rd college player to be honored with the Heisman Trophy and the sixth Oklahoma Sooner to win the award, joining Billy Vessels (1952), Steve Owens (1969), Billy Sims (1978), Jason White (2003) and Sam Bradford (2008).

On Saturday night, former Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, who won the Heisman Trophy in 2011, used Twitter to make reference to Mayfield's crude gesture in a victory against the Jayhawks on November 18.

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For Baker Mayfield, the third time was the charm. Oklahoma cruised to a Big 12 title thanks in large part to the quarterback's heroics, as Mayfield threw for 4,340 yards with 41 touchdowns and only five interceptions through 13 games. He has also rushed for 310 yards and another five scores with no fumbles lost. He leads the nation with a 71-percent completion percentage, a record-setting passing efficiency rating (203.8), yards per completion (16.6) and pass plays of more than 20 yards (75). He did this all despite losing head coach Bob Stoops, Heisman finalist receiver Dede Westbrook and thousand-yard runners Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon from last year's team.

Mayfield is having the most efficient passing season in the history of the sport, which is allowing him to have one of the best passing careers ever. The Sooners will take on the Georgia Bulldogs in a College Football Playoff semifinal matchup January 1.

"It's been a tough journey", Mayfield said.


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