Oklahoma's Baker Mayfield wins 2017 Heisman Trophy

Baker Mayfield wins the 2017 Heisman Trophy

The Oklahoma quarterback won the Heisman Trophy Saturday night in his second year as a finalist, following a fourth-place finish in 2015 and a third-place finish last year. He is OU's sixth Heisman victor, joining Billy Vessels (1952), Steve Owens (1969), Billy Sims (1978), Jason White (2003) and Sam Bradford (2008).

The redshirt senior totaled 4,340 passing yards this season to go with 41 touchdowns and only five interceptions while rushing for 310 yards and five more scores. Mayfield's Sooners are set to play Georgia in the national Playoff semifinal in the Rose Bowl.

His often-spectacular play made him a landslide victor with more than 78% of the first-place votes, overshadowing the controversy over a lewd gesture he made toward opposing players late in the season.

Few votes in Heisman history have been as lopsided as this year's, but it is tough to argue against the notion that Mayfield deserved to be a runaway victor. Against the rival Cowboys in the game known as Bedlam, Mayfield threw for a career-high 598 yards and five touchdowns.

Mayfield also thanked former Oklahoma coach Bob Stoops, who also was at the Best Buy Theater in midtown Manhattan, for welcoming a "chubby, unathletic kid into the program with open arms". With the Sooners, he has become a three-year starter and one of the most productive passers in college football history.

Pretty good for a scrawny kid who grew up in Austin, Texas, rooting for Oklahoma, but did not receive a scholarship offer out of high school from either the hometown Longhorns or his beloved Sooners.

Instead, he walked-on at Texas Tech and started eight games as a freshman in 2013.

He lost a year of eligibility for transferring within the Big 12 and sat out a year.

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