Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield is the 2017 Heisman Trophy victor

Posted December 12, 2017

Mayfield won in convincing fashion over Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, last year's victor, and Stanford running back Bryce Love.

Former Oklahoma running back and 1978 Heisman Trophy victor Billy Sims helped lighten the mood, though, by bellowing "Boomer!" numerous times to celebrate Mayfield's win. The Buckeyes should have made the College Football Playoff.

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Mayfield won the award over fellow finalists Bryce Love of Stanford and 2016's Heisman Trophy recipient Lamar Jackson of Louisville.

Mayfield is the 83rd college player to be honored with the Heisman Trophy and the sixth Oklahoma Sooner to win the award, joining Billy Vessels (1952), Steve Owens (1969), Billy Sims (1978), Jason White (2003) and Sam Bradford (2008). He is the first senior to win the award since Troy Smith of Ohio State in 2006. Oklahoma cruised to a Big 12 title thanks in large part to the quarterback's heroics, as Mayfield threw for 4,340 yards with 41 touchdowns and only five interceptions through 13 games. He also has 310 yards and five touchdowns as a runner.

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The quarterback was arrested in February and pleaded guilty to three misdemeanors, including public intoxication.

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. His Sooners will play the No. 3 Georgia Bulldogs in the Rose Bowl on January 1st, 2018. Mayfield will forever be mentioned alongside legends of the game, as he's become one himself in an unlikely journey from walk-on to Heisman victor.

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