Published: Fri, December 08, 2017
Business | By Max Garcia

Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield named the AP Player of the Year

Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield named the AP Player of the Year

Mayfield easily outpointed Stanford running back Bryce Love, who came in second.

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield has been the best player in college football this season and Sooners fans want to memorialize his accomplishments with one of the more lasting impressions from his record-setting season.

Mayfield, though, will come to Manhattan as the clear favorite.

How did this happen? Last year, he was one of five finalists and finished third behind Jackson and Clemson's Deshaun Watson.

The Heisman has been naming finalists and bringing them to NY for the presentation since 1982.

If anyone had a chance to upset Mayfield in the Heisman race, it would probably be Love, the All-America running back out of Stanford.

Still, we'll engage in an exercise for the finalists: Why they'll win it, and why they won't. He has completed 60.4 percent of his passes (56.2 in 2016) and owns a quarterback rating of 151.5 (148.8). His stats this season are nearly similar to his Heisman campaign last season, as the Louisville signal caller threw for 3,489 yards with 25 touchdowns.

The Cardials' 8-4 record shouldn't hurt Jackson. But Heisman voters have never been comfortable with repeat winners.

Griffin won back-to-back Heisman trophies for Ohio State in 1974 and '75. Voters don't seem to mind listing a previous victor second or third, but not first. He did most of his work while gutting out a severely injured ankle, and had ten 100-yards games while averaging a remarkable 8.32 yards a carry. He was the unanimous Pac-12 offensive player of the year, averaging 164.4 yards per game.

Injuries limited Love down the stretch and even forced him to sit out Stanford's game against Oregon State in October.

Love isn't the nation's leading rusher. He was also 2 for 2 passing with a touchdown. Cardinal players have perfected the art of the Heisman runner-up finish in this decade. He tops the nation in completion percentage (71.0), passing yards per attempt (11.8), yards per play (10.2) and touchdowns responsible for (46).

"Watching the event in my living room and always having the family there and seeing who would win", Mayfield said on Monday morning, per AP writer Cliff Brunt. According to, only Miami, Oklahoma, Florida and Alabama have sent more finalists to NY.

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