Heisman Trophy 2017: Baker Mayfield, Lamar Jackson lead trio of finalists

Lynette Rowe
December 5, 2017

The Heisman Trophy finalists were revealed Monday and, just as important as who received an invitation to New York City next Saturday is who did not get invited.

Through 13 games, Mayfield has 4,340 passing yards and 41 touchdowns with only five interceptions for an NCAA-best 203.8 rating. Bryce Love made people forget about the loss of Christian McCaffrey at Stanford.

Here are the 2017 Heisman finalists, with the victor set to be announced December 9 at 8 p.m. ET.

Finalists were first named in 1982.

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Penny is the nation's leading rusher with 2,027 yards and 19 rushing touchdowns and led the Aztecs to 10-2 record and berth in the Armed Forces Bowl against Army on December 23. In 12 games, Love failed to reach 100 yards just once, and eclipsed 300 yards against Arizona State. He threw for 3,489 yards and 25 touchdowns through the air and racked up 1,443 yards and 17 scores on the ground to become the first player to pass for over 3,000 yards and rush for over 1,000 yards in two seasons. Barkley also returned two kickoff for touchdowns.

The senior has led Oklahoma to 12 wins and a Big 12 Championship, as well as a spot in the College Football Playoff this season. Considering he was averaging 198 yards per game in the first seven weeks before he suffered an ankle injury, it's hard to imagine what he could have done had he stayed fully healthy all season. Mayfield set an FBS record for passing efficiency, breaking his own record set in 2016.

The last five winners of the award: Louisville QB Lamar Jackson previous year, Alabama RB Derrick Henry in 2015, Oregon QB Marcus Mariota in 2014, FSU QB Jameis Winston in 2013 and Texas A&M QB Johnny Manziel.

The Heisman Memorial Trophy electorate, which selects the finalists and the Heisman victor, is comprised of 929 voters, including 870 media members and 58 former Heisman winners.

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