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Heisman Trophy 2017: Baker Mayfield season highlights

12 December 2017

Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, last year's Heisman victor, was third, the best finish by a returning victor since Tim Tebow of Florida in 2008. He is OU's sixth Heisman victor, joining Billy Vessels (1952), Steve Owens (1969), Billy Sims (1978), Jason White (2003) and Sam Bradford (2008).

Should Mayfield win the Heisman, and he will, his next goal will be winning the Rose Bowl over Georgia and winning the College Football Playoff. As Mayfield's play was consistently dominant down the stretch and the other candidates fell off the pack, Mayfield emerged as the leader.

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield did what most everyone figured he would do on Saturday night: win the 83rd Heisman Trophy.

The quarterback was arrested in February and pleaded guilty to three misdemeanors, including public intoxication. For the season, he completed 262 of 369 passes for 4,340 yards for 41 touchdowns and only five interceptions.

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Mayfield became the sixth Oklahoma player to win the Heisman (Love became the sixth Stanford player to finish second), and he does so because of a season in which he threw multiple touchdown passes in every game, averaged at least 10 yards per attempt 10 times and passed for over 300 yards eight times. He did this all despite losing head coach Bob Stoops, Heisman finalist receiver Dede Westbrook and thousand-yard runners Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon from last year's team.

In other years, that may have been reason enough to not vote for Mayfield if the other candidates were even in the same stratosphere as him, but they're not, and that's why he may set a record for margin of victory when the Heisman is announced.

Mayfield is no stranger to controversy, but you can't deny the impact he made on the field this season.

Heisman Trophy 2017: Baker Mayfield season highlights