Oklahoma QB Mayfield wins Heisman Trophy in landslide

Jessica Allison
December 12, 2017

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.

Following his speech, Mayfield got the opportunity to lift the prestigious Heisman Trophy and pose with it in front of a room filled with college football luminaries. Mayfield is the 7th player to ever be a finalist three times.

Mayfield became the sixth Sooner to win the award, but the 22-year-old made history by becoming the first-ever Heisman Trophy victor to start their collegiate career as a walk-on.

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield, a Heisman Trophy finalist, takes a question Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017, in NY.

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Mayfield also discussed overcoming some difficulties, and although he didn't name them specifically, his February arrest for public intoxication and his one-series suspension for making a lewd gesture toward Kansas Jayhawks players this season may have been among the incidents he was referencing.

The enigmatic Sooners signal-caller threw for 4340 yards and 41 touchdowns while completing 71 percent of his passes.

NFL.com analyst Daniel Jeremiah has noted improvement in Mayfield as a pocket passer this season, and analyst Bucky Brooks has compared him to New Orleans Saints QB Drew Brees. It's also allowed him to lead Oklahoma to the playoff, where it can add to his resume as the Sooners pursue a national championship, starting with the January 1 Rose Bowl vs. Georgia.

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

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