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

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

Louisville QB Lamar Jackson, last year's Heisman victor, and Stanford RB Bryce Love trailed Mayfield in the balloting.

Little did we know that the history he made in his first game was merely the beginning of a historic career that has taken many twists and turns since then, from an injury to a transfer to Oklahoma to a year sitting out to three years leading the Sooners as their superstar starting quarterback. I think the whole thing was blown up more than it needed to be, but things are amplified when you're the best player in college football, so I do understand that part of the deal.

On Saturday night, former Baylor quarterback Robert Griffin III, who won the Heisman Trophy in 2011, used Twitter to make reference to Mayfield's crude gesture in a victory against the Jayhawks on November 18. 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 has been named the victor of the 2017 Heisman Memorial Trophy.

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During his 2016 Heisman season in which Louisville went 9-4, Jackson passed for 3,543 yards and 30 touchdowns while rushing for 1,571 yards and 21 touchdowns. He also has 310 yards and five touchdowns as a runner. 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.

Mayfield and the Sooners face Georgia in the Rose Bowl on January 1 in a CFP semifinal, with the victor to face Alabama or Clemson in the championship game on January 8.

Only USC and Notre Dame have had more Heisman winners than Oklahoma.

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