Baker Mayfield named AP Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year

Lynette Rowe
December 10, 2017

Oklahoma Sooners head coach Lincoln Riley and quarterback Baker Mayfield (6) celebrate their Big XII Championship win over the TCU Horned Frogs at AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, Saturday, December 2, 2017.

Mayfield bested second-place finisher Bryce Love, a running back at Stanford and Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, who won the Heisman last season.

The ACC's two-time Player of the Year had his Heisman steam pick up with his consistent play through the year. Oklahoma's other Heisman recipients are Billy Vessels (1952), Steve Owens (1969), Billy Sims (1978), and Jason White (2003). He has the Sooners in the College Football Playoff and will try to add to Oklahoma's seven national championships. He is the first senior to win the award since Troy Smith of Ohio State in 2006.

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For the second year in a row, he completed 71 percent of his passes, which led the nation. Furthermore, his 203.8 passer efficiency rating is well on its way to surpassing the record Mayfield set in 2016 with a rating of 196.4.

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. The former walk-on received the Maxwell Award, Davey O'Brien Award and Walter Camp National Player of Year trophy earlier in the week. The second-ranked Sooners meet No. 3 Georgia in the Rose Bowl on January 1.

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