NORMAN, Okla. - It has been a whirlwind year for OU quarterback Baker Mayfield.
Now, he joins the ranks of other Heisman Trophy winners and will soon have a spot in Heisman Park on OU's campus.
On Saturday, Mayfield beat out reigning Heisman winner Lamar Jackson, from Louisville, and Stanford running back Bryce Love for the prestigious award.
Mayfield received 86 percent of the total possible points, the third highest percentage since 1950.
Here are the top 10 vote-getters for the 2017 Heisman Trophy:
2017 Heisman Voting Results
|4.||Saquon Barkley||Penn State||RB||JR||15||73||113||304|
|5.||Rashaad Penny||San Diego St.||RB||SR||7||37||80||175|
|7.||Mason Rudolph||Oklahoma St.||QB||SR||2||14||22||56|
Mayfield received the fifth most first place votes in history.
He's the first player to wear the number 6 to win the Heisman, and he's also the first original walk-on to win it.
Mayfield becomes the sixth OU player to win the Heisman Trophy, joining Billy Vessels in 1952, Steve Owens in 1969, Billy Sims in 1978, Jason White in 2003 and Sam Bradford in 2008.
Oklahoma ties USC for the third most in the nation, behind seven each won by Ohio State and Notre Dame.
Some notes about Mayfield and winning the Heisman Trophy, courtesy of the Heisman's official website:
- Mayfield's 732 first-place votes are the fifth-most in Heisman history.
- He received 86% of total possible points, the third-most all-time behind Troy Smith (91.63%) and Marcus Mariota (90.92%).
- He is the first Heisman winner to start his career as a walk-on athlete since athletic scholarships were created in the 1950s.
- He is the sixth Heisman winner from Oklahoma and first since Sam Bradford in 2008.
- He is the first senior to win the Heisman since Troy Smith in 2006.
- He is the eighth Heisman winner born in Texas.
- He is the 11th player from a current Big 12 school to win the Heisman and first since Robert Griffin III in 2011.
- He is the 33rd quarterback to win the Heisman and 14th in the last 16 years.
- He set the Heisman record for passing efficiency with a passer rating of 203.76, topping Robert Griffin III's 192.31 in 2011.
- His 4,650 yards of total offense is the fourth-highest total in Heisman history.
- His 4,340 passing yards is the fourth-most in Heisman history and the most since Sam Bradford threw for 4,464 in 2008.
- His 41 TD passes are fourth-best in Heisman history and the most since Sam Bradford threw 48 in 2008.
- His 46 total touchdowns running and passing are the seventh-best TD total in Heisman history.
- His 71% completion percentage is second-best in Heisman history behind Griffin III's 72.3% in 2011.
- He joins Cam Newton and Felix 'Doc' Blanchard as the only other Heisman winners to start their careers at another FBS school.
- He joins Felix 'Doc' Blanchard as the only other Heisman winner to win the Heisman after transferring directly from another FBS school.
- He is the first player to win the Heisman wearing No. 6.
- He is the fourth Heisman winner to take part in the College Football Playoff, joining Jameis Winston, Marcus Mariota and Derrick Henry.
- At 22 years, 7 months and 25 days, he'd be the oldest Heisman winner since Jason White ('03)
After deciding to come back to the University of Oklahoma for his senior season, Mayfield took it upon himself to lead the Sooners back to the College Football Playoffs.
This season, Mayfield has passed for 4,340 yards and is averaging 333 yards per game. He also stands at 41 passing touchdowns and five rushing touchdowns, compared to just five interceptions on the season.
“He’s a tremendous teammate, the best football player in America. He’s got a great heart that a lot of people don’t get the chance to see like I do, and I’m proud as hell to be his coach,” said OU head coach Lincoln Riley.
However, the season hasn't come without its obstacles.
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 during a news conference.
Mayfield had to make another apology following his actions during the Kansas game. While OU was on its way to a blowout win over Kansas, Mayfield stunned coaches when he made a crude gesture on the sidelines.
“What I did today, tonight was unacceptable. I am a competitive player but what I did is unacceptable so I apologize. It’s disrespectful, it’s not the example I want to set, it’s not the legacy I want to leave at OU, so I truly do apologize,” Mayfield said. As punishment, Mayfield did not start against West Virginia and was not listed as a captain.
However, those mishaps didn't change the judges' minds about Mayfield's performance on the field.
Although the Heisman Trophy race is complete, Mayfield's work is far from over.
“It has been a long season. We’ll enjoy this week, and then after that, it’s back to work. Obviously, I’m not going to downplay [winning the Heisman Trophy.] That would be something very special; just getting to go is special enough," Mayfield said. "Like I said, the reason I came back was to win a national title.”
Mayfield and the Sooners will take on the No. 3 ranked Georgia Bulldogs in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1.
The winner from that game will earn a spot in the national championship game.