Heisman Winner Baker Mayfield Awaits Georgia in the Rose Bowl
HARRY LENTZ for GTR Newspapers
HEISMAN : Baker Mayfield, a walk-on transfer from Texas Tech, became the sixth University of Oklahoma Heisman Trophy winner in December, joining Billy Vessels (1952), Steve Owens (1969), Billy Sims (1978), Jason White (2003) and Sam Bradford (2008). In the photo above, Mayfield gives a true Heisman pose as he runs past an Oklahoma State player in this year’s Bedlam game, which OU won 62-52.
Mayfield led the Sooners to a third consecutive Big 12 championship with a 12-1 record and a berth in the College Football Playoff next month. For the season, he completed 262 of 369 passes for 4,340 yards for 41 touchdowns and only five interceptions. He also ran for 310 yards and five more touchdowns on the ground. A signature moment in his Heisman campaign was the 31-16 road win over Big Ten champion Ohio State in which he threw for 386 yards and three scores. Against the rival Cowboys in the Bedlam game, Mayfield threw for a career-high 598 yards and five touchdowns.
Louisville QB Lamar Jackson, last year’s Heisman winner, and Stanford RB Bryce Love trailed Mayfield in the balloting.
Earlier in the week, Mayfield won the Maxwell Award as the nation’s top player, and the Davey O’Brien Award as the nation’s top quarterback.
Mayfield and the Sooners face Georgia in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 in a semifinal, with the winner to face Alabama or Clemson in the championship game on Jan. 8