NORMAN, Okla. – While OU is preparing to take on Georgia in the Rose Bowl, one Sooner star is heading to New York City for a different competition.
Earlier this week, Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield was named one of three finalists for the Heisman Trophy.
Mayfield is joined by Lamar Jackson of Louisville and Bryce Love of Stanford as finalists for the most prestigious award in college sports.
The Heisman Trophy announcement will be made Saturday evening in New York City.
Mayfield becomes just the fifth player to finish in the top four in voting for the Heisman Trophy three straight years. Mayfield is also the ninth Sooner player to be named a Heisman Trophy finalist, tying Miami, Florida for the most finalists.
While it isn't known whether or not Mayfield will walk away with the honor, many Sooner fans are already counting on him winning the award.
In fact, a petition dealing with Heisman Park is already making the rounds on the Internet.
If Mayfield is awarded the Heisman trophy, a petition on Change.org calls for his statue in Heisman Park to depict Mayfield planting the flag on a field.
After beating Ohio State at home 31-16, Mayfield attempted to plant an OU flag in the middle of the “O” at midfield as a celebration.
Two days later, Mayfield went before reporters and apologized for his actions.
“It was an emotional game. After the game, I did not mean for it to be disrespectful toward any Ohio State people at all, especially not the team or the players because they’re a great team and a great program. I didn’t mean it to be disrespectful at all. I mean, we do the flag thing at OU/Texas so it’s just something I got caught up in an emotional win. And yeah, it should’ve been something I did in the locker room so I apologize for doing it in the middle of the field,” Mayfield said.
The petition has already been signed by 2,600 supporters.