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Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield named one of three Heisman Trophy finalists

05 December 2017

On Monday night, the 2017 Heisman Trophy finalists were announced on ESPN. Jackson and Lousiville face Mississippi State in the TaxSlayer Bowl. He aims to become the first two-time Heisman victor since Archie Griffin in 1974-75.

Jackson improved as a passer, completing 60.4 percent of his passes for 3,489 yards and 25 touchdowns compared to just six interceptions. Despite battling an ankle injury for much of the season, Love finished the campaign with 1,973 rushing yards and 17 TDs.

Among the players who did not receive an invite were Penn State running back Saquon Barkley and San Diego State running back Rashaad Penny.

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This marks the second time Mayfield has been named a finalist for college football's top individual honor for a player. The lightning-quick 5-10, 195-pound true junior from Wake Forest, NC, rushed for 1,973 yard and 17 touchdowns this fall, averaging a stellar 8.32 yards per carry. He's thrown for 4,340 yards and 41 touchdowns. He beat out Watson, Mayfield, Oklahoma wide receiver Dede Westbrook and Michigan Wolverines linebacker Jabrill Peppers to win the 2016 Heisman as a true sophomore for Louisville.

Mayfield's been a frontrunner the last half of the season, posting big numbers in each of the Sooners' wins. He has a chance to become the sixth Sooner Heisman victor and the first Heisman victor to begin his career as a "walk-on" athlete.

Mayfield's career passing efficiency mark of 176.0 would break the FBS record held by Bradford (175.6). He's also led Oklahoma to a 12-1 record, a Big 12 championship and the No. 2 seed in the College Football Playoff. He finished fourth in the 2015 Heisman balloting.

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Oklahoma's Heisman Trophy winners were running backs Billy Vessels in 1952, Steve Owens in 1969 and Billy Sims in 1978, and White in 2003 and Bradford in 2008. The public at large is granted one overall fan vote, thanks to Heisman's Premier Partner, Nissan North America.

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Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield named one of three Heisman Trophy finalists