College football’s premier individual award is heading to Oklahoma. Baker Mayfield, the redshirt senior quarterback for the Sooners who tore apart opposing defenses all season long, is the winner of the 2017 Heisman Trophy. Mayfield won the award over a pair of deserving co-finalists in Louisville signal caller Lamar Jackson and Stanford running back Bryce Love.
Mayfield was outstanding this season, as he led the Sooners to an 11-1 record, a Big 12 title, and a berth in the College Football Playoff. He did all of this while putting up video game-caliber numbers, completing 71 percent of his passes and throwing for 4,340 yards, 41 touchdowns, and five interceptions.
Mayfield’s completion percentage was the best in the nation, while his passing yardage and touchdown totals were second-best. Additionally, Mayfield’s passer rating of 203.8 isn’t just the best in the nation. That number breaks the all-time mark, which he set last season for the Sooners.
He managed to make a little bit of history with his win, as Mayfield is the first player to start their career as a walk-on and go on to win the Heisman. Mayfield’s season wasn’t without some controversy — he was arrested prior to the start of the year for an incident in Arkansas, planted a Sooners flag at midfield after Oklahoma beat Ohio State in Columbus, and grabbed his crotch against Kansas in an incident that cost him a start toward the end of the year.
But despite all of that, Mayfield was just so insanely good on the field that he was able to take home the Heisman rather comfortably.
If you did not get the opportunity to watch Mayfield this season, you missed out on a truly spectacular football player. The good news, though, is that he’ll get the chance to show why he was worthy of the award when Oklahoma and Georgia square off in the Rose Bowl.