What a year!
The most prestigious individual award in American sports goes to a former walk-on who has essentially mastered the quarterback position in college football. Mayfield’s name was peppered all around the top of every important passing category. Here’s where Mayfield ranks in the FBS:
- 1st in QB Rating (203.76)
- 1st in completion percentage (71%)
- 1st in yards/attempt (11.8)
- 2nd in passing yards (4,340)
- 2nd in TD passes (41)
- 4th in passing yards per game (333.8)
On top of that, Mayfield ran for 310 yards and five TD’s. He was the epitome of efficiency all season, leading Oklahoma to the 4th best scoring offense and more importantly, leading the Sooners to the College Football Playoffs and a conference championship.
Mayfield has been a lock to win the Heisman for past several weeks. Since dropping nearly 600 yards and five TD’s against in-state rival Oklahoma State, Mayfield has been lights out throwing for 13 TD’s and 0 INT’s to cap off the season. He literally gave voters zero reasons to vote for anybody else.
Mayfield won with 2,398 total vote points. He had the third highest percentage of votes since 1950. Mayfield had 86% of the votes, trailing Oregon’s Marcus Mariota (90.9%) in 2014 and Ohio State’s Troy Smith (91.6%) in 2006.
Mayfield raked in every award he could possibly win; Davey O’Brien Award (Best QB), Maxwell Award (College Football Player of the Year) and of course, the Heisman. Mayfield can set those trophies next to his BIG-12 Championship Game MVP Award.
He’s not done yet either.
After winning the BIG-12 Championship, Mayfield has led the Sooners team into the College Football Playoffs. He’s trying to become the first player since Jameis Winston in 2013 to win the Heisman, Davey O’Brien and Maxwell Award in addition to winning a National Championship. Oklahoma takes on the Georgia Bulldogs in the Rose Bowl, the CFP Semifinals on Jan. 1st.
Congratulations to Baker Mayfield and the rest of the Heisman candidates this season.