Mayfield Claims OU's Sixth Heisman Trophy
NEW YORK — Six for 6. University of Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, who wears jersey No. 6, claimed OU's sixth Heisman Memorial Trophy on Saturday during a ceremony at New York's PlayStation Theater that also featured fellow finalists Lamar Jackson of Louisville and Bryce Love of Stanford.
Mayfield garnered 732 first-place votes and 2,398 points, and was followed by Love (1,300 points, 75 first-place votes) and Jackson, last year's Heisman winner (793 and 47).
Mayfield is the first player since the NCAA allowed the creation of athletics scholarships in 1950 to start his football career as a walk-on athlete and go on to win the award. He is the first player since Doc Blanchard to transfer directly from one NCAA school to another and then go on to win the Heisman. Blanchard played fullback for the North Carolina freshman team in 1942 and then transferred to Army in 1944 after spending 1943 in the service. He won the Heisman in 1945. Cam Newton, who won in 2010 as an Auburn Tiger, transferred from Florida, but made a junior college stop between those programs.
"The Heisman Trophy is truly a team award and I'm proud to represent everyone here in New York."
— Baker Mayfield
Only two programs boast more Heisman Trophy winners than OU's six. Notre Dame and Ohio State have produced seven winners apiece.
Mayfield, who played the 2013 season at Texas Tech before transferring to Oklahoma, is the third Sooners quarterback to win the Heisman Trophy, joining Jason White in 2003 and Sam Bradford in 2008. OU running backs who have claimed the award were Billy Vessels in 1952, Steve Owens in 1969 and Billy Sims in 1978. Sims was in attendance at Saturday's ceremony.
Mayfield becomes just the fifth player and first since Georgia's Herschel Walker from 1980 to '82 to finish in the top four of Heisman Trophy balloting three times. The other three to do it were Glenn Davis (Army; 1944-46), Doc Blanchard (also Army; 1944-46) and Doak Walker (SMU; 1947-49). Mayfield finished third in voting last year and fourth in 2015.
Mayfield who earlier this week won the Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, Maxwell Award and Davey O'Brien Award, leads the nation in completion percentage (.710), passing efficiency rating (203.8; would break his own FBS record of 196.4 set last year), yards per pass attempt (11.8), yards per completion (16.6) and pass of plays of 20-plus yards (75). He also ranks second in passing touchdowns (41), third in total offense (357.7 ypg) and fourth in passing yards (333.8 per game).
The Austin, Texas, native has completed 262-of-369 passes this year for a career-high 4,340 yards and 41 touchdowns to just five interceptions. He has also rushed for 310 yards and another five scores with no fumbles lost.
Mayfield has thrown a TD pass in a Big 12-record 39 consecutive games (every contest of his OU career), which is the third-longest streak in FBS history. He's also thrown at least two TD passes in a Big 12-record 26 straight contests (81 TDs to 13 interceptions during the stretch), which is tied with Boise State's Kellen Moore for what is believed to be the longest streak in FBS history.
Mayfield's career passing efficiency mark of 176.0 would break the FBS record held by Bradford (175.6).
No. 2-ranked OU, which behind Mayfield leads the nation in yards per game (583.3) and yards per play (8.4; next highest is 7.6), will make its 51st bowl appearance when it takes on No. 3 Georgia in the College Football Playoff Semifinal at the Rose Bowl Game presented by Northwestern Mutual on Jan. 1 at 4:10 p.m. CT. The game will be televised by ESPN.
Baker Mayfield Says
"So many people have helped me get to this point. I certainly haven't done it on my own. First and foremost, God's put me in a position to be able to do this, and I feel very blessed and thankful to be able to play the game I love so much. My parents and family have made so many sacrifices to help me get here and to help me live out my dreams. My teammates are incredible. Our offensive line, I still think, is the best in the country. There's a reason I'm able to have good numbers and we're able to win ball games, and that starts with them. My playmakers around me are amazing and provide a strong support system. People didn't respect those guys at the beginning of the year, but everyone has seen how good they are and how much they've helped me.
"I thank all of my coaches at OU, but especially Coach (Lincoln) Riley. He's always believed in me and has always been there for me. I appreciate him being a mentor on and off the field. I owe a special thank-you to Coach (Bob) Stoops, as well. He gave me a chance to walk on, and he brought someone on staff who's changed my life in Coach Riley. Coach Stoops has been a huge factor in my success, and was a big reason why I was a Sooners fan as a kid. To be able to play for a living legend like that was special.
"Our strength staff has completely changed my body since I got to Norman, that's for sure. Coach (Jerry) Schmidt and his staff have helped a lot, as has our nutrition staff. They get my body ready to play. Yes, Coach Riley helps me with the mental part, but the physical part is just as important. They've helped me get to this point.
"I also want to mention all of my teammates. I've already talked about our O-line, receivers and running backs, but I also have to thank our defensive players I compete against every day. And also our scout team players. They do a great job of getting us prepared and I've got a lot of respect for them. This isn't an individual award. The Heisman Trophy is truly a team award and I'm proud to represent everyone here in New York."