Walk-on Texas Tech quarterback turned walk-on Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield is the 2017 Heisman Award winner, and it wasn’t even close.
It was thought that Mayfield had run away with the award over the last few weeks of the season as it is hard to fully comprehend the level of efficiency he’s playing at right now. He finished the regular season with 4,340 yards with 41 touchdowns to just five interceptions. Those numbers alone are eye-popping, but when you put them into context… well, we’ve never seen anything like it.
That context is in the records he has broken on his way to those numbers. By completing 71 percent of his passes, Mayfield is having the most efficient season we’ve ever seen – breaking his own previous record he set last season. Mayfield also averaging 11.76 yards per attempt, breaking the record set by Michael Vick in 1999.
Beyond the stats though, Mayfield doesn’t shy away from the big stage. He’s at his best in big games, and plays with an attitude that’s gotten him into trouble more than once. Still, there’s no denying he’s a quarterback that makes the guys around him better, and he’s a competitor that wants his opponent’s best shot.
Two years ago, Mayfield finished fourth in the Heisman voting. Last year, he finished third. This year, the voting wasn’t even close. He received an astounding 732 of the possible 887 first place votes.
— Oklahoma Football (@OU_Football) December 10, 2017