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Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield wins the Heisman Trophy

10 December, 2017, 05:21 | Author: John Swanson
  • Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield throws a pass in the first half of the Big 12 Conference championship NCAA college football game against TCU in Arlington Texas. Mayfield reigning Heisman winner Lamar Jac

For Baker Mayfield, the third time was the charm.

Baker Mayfield was awarded the Heisman Trophy on Saturday night at the PlayStation Theater in Manhattan.

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Joined by Stanford's Bryce Love, Jackson finished third in the voting after taking home the award 364 days ago. Oklahoma's other Heisman recipients are Billy Vessels (1952), Steve Owens (1969), Billy Sims (1978), and Jason White (2003). The senior is among the most intriguing prospects for the 2018 NFL Draft, an exciting talent with a long track record of on-field success, but one that includes a few red flags as well. Those showings helped the Sooners get the No. 2 seed in their second appearance in the College Football Playoff.

Jackson finished the 2017 regular season with 3,489 passing yards, 25 touchdowns, 1,443 rushing yards and 17 rushing touchdowns. Former Ohio State running back Archie Griffin, who won the award in 1974 and 1975, remains the only two-time Heisman victor in the award's 83-year history. Love, who rushed for 1,973 yards despite being hampered by a high ankle sprain late in the season, finished with 75 first-place votes and 1,300 points. He led the nation in passing efficiency at 203.8, which is ahead of the FBS-record 196.4 mark he posted last season. The former walk-on received the Maxwell Award, Davey O'Brien Award and Walter Camp National Player of Year trophy earlier in the week.

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Mayfield and the Sooners face Georgia in the Rose Bowl on January 1 in a CFP semifinal, with the victor to face Alabama or Clemson in the championship game on January 8.

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