Former walk-on Baker Mayfield took his victory lap Saturday, winning the Heisman Trophy in runaway fashion over Stanford running back Bryce Love and last year’s winner, Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson.
Mayfield received 732 first-place votes, Love had 75 and Jackson, received 47. He’s the fifth player in Heisman Trophy history to finish in the top four of voting three times.
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“It’s been a tough journey,” said Mayfield, choking up as he thanked former OU coach Bob Stoops and first-year coach Lincoln Riley, along with his parents. “It’s something that words can’t even describe. God has put me in this position that I’m so blessed, and a lot of times I wonder why. But it’s such an honor to be up here. It’s unbelievable.”
The Oklahoma senior quarterback, 22, has been to the Heisman ceremony before but he made the 2017 award presentation a one-man show. He received the third-highest percentage of possible points received (86 percent) since 1950, behind Ohio State’s Troy Smith (2006) and Oregon’s Marcus Mariota (2014).
Mayfield was at the controls of the nation’s most prolific offense, putting up 583.3 yards per game. Oklahoma won the Big 12 title and will play in the Rose Bowl against Georgia in the College Football Playoff semifinal.
Mayfield had 4,340 passing yards with 41 touchdowns to just five interceptions, including a 598-yard effort against Oklahoma State. Mayfield became the 10th player in FBS history to throw for 14,000 yards in a career and the first among that group to also rush for 1,000 yards.
“Wow. This is unbelievable for me,” Mayfield said. “Being up her among these greats is something words can’t describe. … It’s such an honor.”
Mayfield won the starting job at Texas a walk-on in 2014 and left to play for Stoops — without an invitation to Norman — the next season.
“There’s a lot of people who put effort into this. Coach Stoops, you welcomed a chubby, unathletic kid into the program with open arms,” Mayfield said. “I wouldn’t say that many would do that, but thank you.”
Love finished second in the nation in rushing at 164.42 yards per game and is averaging 8.32 yards per carry for the 15th-ranked Cardinal. An ankle injury slowed Love the last month of the season, but he still led the nation in rushes of at least 50 yards with 12 and scored 17 touchdowns.