Heisman Trophy Winner 2017: Speech, Highlights from Baker Mayfield Presentation

Dec 12, 2017, 18:00
Heisman Trophy Winner 2017: Speech, Highlights from Baker Mayfield Presentation

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, a Heisman Trophy finalist, takes a question Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, in NY.

This is the third consecutive year Mayfield has been a Heisman finalist.

Former Oklahoma running back and 1978 Heisman Trophy victor Billy Sims helped lighten the mood, though, by bellowing "Boomer!" numerous times to celebrate Mayfield's win.

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Mayfield has passed for 4,340 yards this season with 41 touchdowns and only five interceptions. Louisville QB Lamar Jackson, last year's Heisman victor, and Stanford RB Bryce Love trailed Mayfield in the balloting.

Mayfield has 14,320 yards and 129 touchdowns though the air in his college career. His 203.8 pass efficiency rating also led all FBS passers.

Mayfield adds the Heisman to his trophy collection from this season; he also collected the Davey O'Brian Award for best quarterback and the Maxwell award for Player of the year. Mayfield's performance, however, continues to be otherworldly and, without question, Heisman-worthy.

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For the second year in a row, he completed 71 percent of his passes, which led the nation. Two signature moments stamped his Heisman campaign: a 31-16 road win over Big Ten champion Ohio State in which he threw for 386 yards and three scores, and a wild 62-52 win over Oklahoma State.

Mayfield is no stranger to controversy, but you can't deny the impact he made on the field this season. The Sooners face SEC champion Georgia in the Rose Bowl on January 1. He finished fourth in the Heisman balloting in 2015 and third past year.

Few votes in Heisman history have been as lopsided as this year's, but it is tough to argue against the notion that Mayfield deserved to be a runaway victor.

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