Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield has now received the sixth Heisman Trophy in program historical past after his glorious 2017 marketing campaign.
Because the season bought into the late levels, Mayfield grew to become the odds-on favourite in a season by which different nationwide title contenders didn’t have an apparent selection.
However make no mistake, Mayfield actually earned this award together with his play on the sphere.
Mayfield’s not simply good, he’s been historically good for the second season in a row.
-His passer ranking (203.eight) is one of the best all-time, higher than 2016 Baker Mayfield (196.four) and 2011 Russell Wilson (191.eight).
-His yards per try (11.eight) is one of the best all-time, higher than 1999 Michael Vick (11.four) and 2016 Baker Mayfield (11.1).
The passer ranking hole between Mayfield’s present quantity and Wilson is similar because the hole between No. three Wilson and No. 15 Vernon Adams of Oregon.
These are each amongst qualifiers who threw no less than 14 passes per sport.
Oklahoma’s offense leads the nation in yards per play and yards per sport. Its offense can also be probably the most environment friendly and explosive in line with superior stats, and having Mayfield as the triggerman is a big reason why.
Mayfield’s mighty outspoken off the sphere, too.
Mayfield’s not gonna provide the Tim Tebow choirboy picture or Lamar Jackson’s quiet persona. The latest member of the Heisman fraternity is in your face and fueled by brashness.
That manifested itself in planting the flag in Ohio State’s discipline after the win earlier this season …
… and rocking this shirt earlier than the Texas Tech sport (a direct jab at followers who thought his transfer from Lubbock wasn’t cool).
And yeah, even grabbing his crotch on TV.
He apologized for it, and it’s water below the bridge now, however the punchy enjoying model is who he’s. When you’re a Sooners fan, then he’s your man. When you’re not, then he’s the participant you like to hate. However that doesn’t hassle him.
Talking of Lamar Jackson …
He has decrease interception and sack charges and a better completion price, and he’s most likely going to hurry for greater than 1,600 yards once more after the bowl.
Within the offseason, Louisville head coach Bobby Petrino made a degree of constructing Jackson extra of a pro-style quarterback, no matter meaning. We had been all a hair nervous that it might neuter the electrical quarterback.
It hasn’t. Jackson has sacrificed somewhat little bit of dashing and gotten definitively higher by the air.
However Jackson didn’t win the award partially due to how the Heisman voters pattern towards rewarding standout gamers on title contenders. There wasn’t one final yr when Jackson received, however there’s this yr in Mayfield.
Stanford had one other participant in New York however went house empty-handed once more.
Stanford has had three gamers end second within the Heisman voting since 2009, and Andrew Luck did it twice.
Operating again Bryce Love — who has had an unbelievable season on principally one leg the final 5 video games — additionally got here shut this time. However one wonders what would occur if the award had better regional distribution in its voting policies, along with weaker opponents in particular years.
There are 870 media members who vote on the Heisman, however solely 145 of them are within the “Far West” area. Stanford performs lots of video games awfully late at night time, when nationwide media members primarily based within the Japanese time zone are much less prone to be tuned in. There’s solely been one Heisman winner who performed within the Pacific time zone over the past decade (Marcus Mariota in 2014).
As for who wasn’t in New York, Penn State’s Saquon Barkley was noticeably absent for the Heisman ceremony.
Barkley exploded out of the gates because the de facto favourite early within the season, however as Penn State trailed off within the season, Barkley wasn’t in a position to overcome the hole in his game:
Regardless of the explosiveness, he’s averaging solely 5.7 yards-per-carry (54th nationally amongst all gamers with 100 or extra carries), and at 16.6 rushes per sport, Penn State isn’t counting on his legs alone to energy its offense.
However sufficient about who didn’t win it, and again to who did.
Adjusted for a way a lot he threw the ball, his 41:5 touchdown-interception ratio might be extra spectacular in context, as is his 71 p.c completion share.
However now comes the most important two challenges of his season by which he’ll attempt to do one thing that’s eluded many Heisman winners: A postseason efficiency as spectacular as his common season ones had been. If he can try this in two video games, he’ll add a nationwide title proper subsequent to his new stiff-arming prize.