The wait is lastly (virtually) over.
After speculating for months about who the perfect soccer participant among the many faculty ranks has been, the listing of names shifted virtually weekly, with a scroll of different names being within the dialogue following an explosive sport. It comes all the way down to Saturday night time, when the Heisman Trophy winner is known as at eight p.m. ET on ESPN (reside stream at WatchESPN).
Three names that had been constantly among the many high spot had been Oklahoma QB Baker Mayfield, Stanford RB Bryce Love, and Louisville QB Lamar Jackson. Every of the three finalists have had, not solely stand out seasons, however careers at their respective establishments and are virtually assuredly staring down the potential of being drafted come spring.
Regardless of Mayfield’s antics — which have compelled him to apologize time and time once more — his aggressive temperament and management qualities will do extra to encourage NFL groups to take him in 2018 than not. He completed his senior marketing campaign just about claiming the No. 1 spot in virtually each single passing class on the board.
He completed 2017 with four,340 passing yards (a career-high) for a 71 completion share (No. 1 in NCAA) and 41 passing TDs (No. 1 in NCAA). He additionally ranks first within the FBS in yards per try (11.eight) and adjusted yards per try (13.four), to not point out his profession whole of 14,320 passing yards ranks No. eight in faculty soccer historical past (since 1956).
Ending the season ranked No. 2 within the hunt for the Heisman, Cardinal working again Love fought by accidents week after week to compete, and he in the end led his group to the Pac-12 Championship (even when it wasn’t in a position to win it).
Throughout the convention title sport, Love rushed for 125 yards, marking his 10th sport in 2017 with over 100 yards on the bottom. He completed the season thiiiis near breaking 2,000 speeding yards (1,973) and nabbed 17 scores throughout his junior marketing campaign. His 7.9 yards per carry profession common is sufficient to rank No. 2 in faculty soccer historical past (since 1956).
The second quarterback who might be featured in New York is Louisville’s Lamar Jackson. Among the best dual-threat quarterbacks in all of FBS, he could not have the identical resume as Mayfield by the air, however his floor sport is difficult to disregard. Jackson’s junior marketing campaign featured three,489 passing yards with 25 TDs, to not point out his 1,443 speeding yards and 17 scores. His season stats had been sufficient to propel him to No. 1 in about each offensive class for the ACC, and on the nationwide degree, his four,932 yards of whole offense is sufficient for No. 1 within the NCAA.
Perhaps you actually like Lamar Jackson. I do, too. Jackson’s properly over 1,400 speeding yards, which is nice. However Mayfield’s passing numbers dwarf Jackson’s, and it’s not like Mayfield’s a chump as a runner himself. Mayfield has 310 speeding yards on 85 makes an attempt, and his floor numbers would look good if faculty soccer counted sacks as a passing stat.
Jackson has four,932 mixed passing and speeding yards to Mayfield’s four,650. However Jackson’s used 607 performs to get there. Mayfield’s used 454. The averages make it clear that Mayfield is CFB’s greatest collector of yardage. He has a passer ranking greater than 50 factors greater than Jackson’s, and each are passers greater than they’re runners.