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12/19/17 - 2017 ALL-BIG 12 FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM (COACHES): QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma Sr. Austin, Texas/Texas Tech,...A native of Austin, Texas, Mayfield leads the FBS in completion percentage (.714), passing efficiency rating (203.3), yards per pass attempt (11.8), yards per completion (16.6) and pass of plays of 20-plus yards (72), while ranking second in passing touchdowns (37) and passing yards per game (341.4), and third in total offense per game (361.8). He's completed 247-of-346 passes this year with 37 touchdowns to just five interceptions while throwing for a career-high 4,097 yards and rushing for 245 yards and another five scores. - Oklahoma Football
12/09/17 - 2017 HEISMAN TROPHY AWARD WINNER: Quarterback Baker Mayfield became the sixth Oklahoma player to win the Heisman Trophy when he was named the winner of the coveted award Saturday night in New York. Mayfield led the Sooners (12-1) to a spot in the College Football Playoff as well as Oklahoma's third straight Big 12 championship. He threw for 4,340 yards and 41 touchdowns with only five interceptions. Louisville's Lamar Jackson, the 2016 winner, and Stanford running back Bryce Love were the other finalists. - The Sports Xchange
12/07/17 - 2017 ASSOCIATED PRESS PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Baker Mayfield is The Associated Press college football Player of the Year, becoming the fourth Oklahoma quarterback to win the award since it was established in 1998. Mayfield easily outpointed Stanford running back Bryce Love, who came in second. Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson, the other finalist and last year's Heisman Trophy winner, was third in the award announced Thursday.
Mayfield received 51 first-place votes from the 56 AP college football poll voters who submitted player of the year ballots, and a total of 157 points. Love (83 points) and Jackson (39 points) each received two first-place votes and Penn State running Saquon Barkley received a first-place vote and came in fourth. Mayfield, Love and Jackson are also the finalists for the Heisman, which will be handed out Saturday night in New York. Mayfield is a former walk-on who has led the No. 2 Sooners to the College Football Playoff, where they will play No. 3 Georgia in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1. Mayfield leads the nation in passer efficiency rating and has thrown for 4,340 yards and 41 touchdowns. He joins Josh Heupel (2000), Jason White (2003) and Sam Bradford (2008) as previous winners from Oklahoma. No other school has had more than two players win AP Player of the Year. -
12/07/17 - 2017 DAVEY O'BRIEN AWARD WINNER: Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma,...Mayfield leads the nation in completion percentage (.710), passing efficiency rating (203.8; would break his own FBS record of 196.4 set last year), yards per pass attempt (11.8), yards per completion (16.6) and pass of plays of 20-plus yards (75). He also ranks second in passing touchdowns (41), third in total offense (357.7 ypg) and fourth in passing yards (333.8 per game). - Oklahoma Football
12/07/17 - 2017 WALTER CAMP FOOTBALL PLAYER OF THE YEAR: Oklahoma senior quarterback Baker Mayfield was selected as the Walter Camp Player of the Year, the Walter Camp Football Foundation announced Thursday. Mayfield, the Big 12 Conference Offensive Player of the Year, is the favorite to win the Heisman Trophy on Saturday. The other finalists were Louisville quarterback Lamar Jackson and three running backs -- Penn State's Saquon Barkley, Stanford's Bryce Love and San Diego State's Rashaad Penny. Jackson was the 2016 winner.
Mayfield has passed for 4,340 yards and 41 touchdowns while leading the Sooners (12-1) into the College Football Playoff. Oklahoma will face Georgia in a semifinal matchup. Mayfield is the fourth Oklahoma player to win the prestigious award, joining quarterback Josh Heupel (2000) and running backs Billy Sims (1978) and Steve Owens (1969). - The Sports Xchange
A three-year starter at Oklahoma, Mayfield arrived in Norman at the same time as Lincoln Riley (offensive coordinator in 2015-16, head coach in 2017), forming a lethal offensive tandem with the Sooners’ up-tempo, spread scheme that resulted in two College Football Playoff appearances and three Big 12 Championships. Although his ordinary height and body type aren’t ideal, Mayfield has a NFL-level arm with developed touch and accuracy downfield that translates very well to the pro game.
One of Mayfield’s best traits is his playmaking ability outside of structure, using his scrambling instincts to improvise when the pocket breaks down. He appears crazed in his movements, but Mayfield has the mental processing speed and slow heart beat to stay composed. He is the type of fearless, locked-in competitor that you don’t bet against, but his maturity level is a concern because he doesn’t know how to turn off his competitive nature – it’s how he is wired on and off the field, leading to situations of questionable judgement. Overall, Mayfield’s brash personality won’t be ideal for every situation and his long-term durability is a concern, but he has the necessary passing traits, both physical and mental, to be a winning starter in the NFL, stylistically similar to Jeff Garcia.
BACKGROUND A three-star quarterback recruit out of high school, Baker Mayfield led Lake Travis to a 25-2 record in his two seasons as a starter and earned District MVP honors. However, lacking the ideal measureables, he was overlooked by most power-five programs and mulled over scholarship offers from Washington State, Rice, New Mexico and Florida Atlantic.
But Mayfield (with the encouragement from his father, James) wanted to play at a higher program and he walked on at Texas Tech. Not only did he make the team, but worked his way to the top of the depth chart and (with expected starter Michael Brewer injured) became the first true freshman walk-on to start a FBS season opener.
Mayfield completed 64.1% of his throws (218-for-340) for 2,315 yards, 12 touchdowns and nine interceptions, earning Big 12 Freshman offensive player of the year honors. However, he was injured midway through his freshman season and Kliff Kingsbury elected to stick with fellow freshman Davis Webb as the starting quarterback, which didn’t sit well with Mayfield. Despite his productive freshman year, Texas Tech didn’t commit a scholarship for Mayfield and with Webb and incoming freshman Patrick Mahomes atop the quarterback depth chart, Mayfield elected to transfer to Oklahoma. Due to NCAA transfer rules, Mayfield sat out the 2014 season and the Big 12 amended their rules so walk-ons could transfer without losing a year of eligibility. He beat out incumbent starter Trevor Knight for the Sooners’ starting job in 2015 and was named the Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year as a sophomore, posting 68.1% completions, 3,700 passing yards, 43 touchdowns (36 passing, seven rushing) and seven interceptions (finished fourth in the Heisman Trophy voting).
Mayfield improved his production as a junior and finished with 71.0% completions, 3,965 passing yards, 46 touchdowns (40 passing, six rushing) and eight interceptions, earning First Team All-Big 12 honors. He was a finalist for numerous awards, including the Heisman Trophy, finishing third in the voting. Mayfield returned to Norman for his senior season and had his best collegiate season, winning the Heisman Trophy Award – became just the second player (along with Herschel Walker) to finish in the top-four voting for the award three different years.
STRENGTHS Quick-footed athlete with subtle pocket maneuvers and instinctive scrambling skills. Holds a graduate degree in working off-script, buying time, throwing from different platforms and using various arm angles. Requisite arm strength to zip throws into tight areas. Quick load-and-fire delivery motion. Above average processing speed to make whole field reads and anticipate windows.
Gives his receivers a chance to make a play with his timing and ball placement. Displays natural touch on throws to the outside and deep shots. Short memory and doesn’t dwell on mistakes. Toughness (mental and physical) and competitive drive not question marks for this player. Unfazed by the blitz and trusts his internal clock. Slow heart beat and thrives when the lights are the brightest. Carries himself with infectious energy that other players follow. Supreme confidence (walked on at two different FBS power-five schools) and was a two-time winner of the Burlsworth Trophy (most outstanding player who began career as a walk-on). Father (James) was a collegiate quarterback at Houston (1967-69). Production improved each of his four seasons as a collegiate starter, setting numerous Oklahoma records. – Dane Brugler 12/12/2017
WEAKNESSES Shorter than ideal with a lower release point. Routinely throws without setting his feet and relies more on his arm than body mechanics to deliver fastballs, which works for him more times than not, but will also result with inaccurate throws. Frantic eyes and moves too quickly through his reads, leading to missed open receivers or failure to locate disguised coverages. Inconsistent reading blitzes pre-snap.
Bad habit of holding the ball too long and takes sacks he shouldn’t – benefited from strong offensive line play at Oklahoma. Fumbled 13 times at Oklahoma with too many examples of him being careless with the ball when scrambling. Lacks ideal body mass and his never-surrender style leads to unnecessary hits on his frame – didn’t miss any games the past three seasons at Oklahoma, but battled several minor injuries, including a bruised right (throwing) shoulder (Oct. 2017) that kept him from practicing for several weeks.
Edgy, highly-competitive personality and needs to develop thicker skin and better control his emotions to prevent lapses in judgement – suspended the first series of the 2017 West Virginia game following his actions (grabbing his crotch and yelling obscenities toward the opponent) vs. Kansas (Nov. 2017) the week prior.
Needs to mature on and off the field – arrested and charged (Feb. 2017) with public intoxication, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and fleeing after Washington County (Ark.) police responded to an assault report and Mayfield attempted to run from authorities. Left Texas Tech on poor terms due to “miscommunication” with the coaching staff and was forced to hire a lawyer to gain his release from the program to receive a scholarship from Oklahoma. Benefited from a fast-break spread offensive system in a conference with below average defensive play that helped inflate his production – inexperienced under center. – Dane Brugler 12/12/17
COMPARES TO: Jeff Garcia, San Francisco 49ers, Philadelphia Eagles, among others - A four-time NFL Pro Bowler, Garcia helped lead the 49ers to several postseason appearances, using his athleticism and improvisation off platform to make plays. Mayfield is cut from a similar cloth, lacking ideal size, but relying on his natural instincts to sustain drives.
IN OUR VIEW: Mayfield is the type of fearless, locked-in competitor that you don't bet against, but his maturity level is a concern because he doesn't know how to turn off his competitive nature - it's how he is wired on and off the field, leading to situations of questionable judgement. Overall, Mayfield's brash personality won't be ideal for every situation and his long-term durability is a concern, but he has the necessary passing traits, both physical and mental, to be a winning starter in the NFL.
Unanimous first Team All-American (AFCA, AP, FWAA, Sporting News, Walter Camp) ... winner of the Heisman Trophy, Maxwell Award, O'Brien Award, Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, AP Player of the Year and Sporting News Player of the Year ... finalist for the Unitas Golden Arm Award and Burlsworth Trophy ...
Selected as Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year and All-Big 12 First Team honoree by league's coaches ... has played in all 13 games with starts in 12 contests ... named the Most Outstanding Player at the Big 12 Championship after throwing for 243 yards and four touchdowns on 15-of-23 passing and running for 65 yards on six carries against TCU (12/2) ... threw for 281 yards and three touchdowns on 14-of-17 passing in reserve against West Virginia (11/25) ... completed 20-of-30 passing for 257 yards and three touchdowns at Kansas (11/18)
Threw for 333 yards and three touchdowns with no interceptions on 18-of-27 passing and ran for 50 yards on 11 carries against TCU (11/11) ... set program records with 598 passing yards (387 in first half also set OU record), 589 yards of total offense and threw for five touchdowns on 24-of-36 passing at Oklahoma State (11/4); also ran for a score to earn Walter Camp Player of the Week and Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors ... passing yardage total at Oklahoma State was sixth-best in Big 12 history and total offense was eighth-best.
Threw for 281 yards and four touchdowns on 22-of-34 passing and ran six times for 20 yards and another score against Texas Tech (10/28) ... named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week after posting the seventh-highest total offense output in school history with 479 yards (410 passing, 69 rushing), throwing for two touchdowns and running for two more at Kansas State (10/21) ... threw for 302 yards and two touchdowns with one interception on 17-of-27 passing and ran for 27 yards on seven carries against Texas (10/14) ... completed 24 of 33 passes for 306 yards and two touchdowns and ran 11 times for season-high 57 yards and another score against Iowa State (10/7) ... recorded 283 yards and three touchdowns on 13-of-19 passing and ran eight times for 30 yards at Baylor (9/23).
Threw for 331 yards and 4 TDs on 17-27 passing against Tulane (9/16) ... named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week for the second week in a row after throwing for 386 yards and three touchdowns on 27-of-35 passing in a win at No. 2 Ohio State (9/9) ... earned Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week honors after completing 19-of-20 passes for 329 yards and three touchdowns in first half (did not play in second half) against UTEP (9/2); completed first 16 passes of the game to set a school record for consecutive completions to begin a game.
Finished third in Heisman Trophy voting ... One of five Heisman Trophy finalists (along with teammate Dede Westbrook) ... Also one of three finalists for the Maxwell Award (college player of the year) and Davey O'Brien Award (quarterback of the year) ... Repeat winner of Burlsworth Trophy (most outstanding player who began career as a walk on) ... Named First-Team All-Big 12 ... Quarterback of first team to ever go 9-0 in regular season Big 12 play ... Threw for an average of 305.0 yards per game and amassed 40 touchdown passes against eight interceptions (5.0 ratio) ... Set the FBS single-season pass efficiency rating record with a 196.4 mark (the previous record was 191.8; next highest Power 5 figure in 2016 was 167.5) and also ranked first nationally in completion percentage (70.9) and yards per pass attempt (11.1; only one other player was above 9.9) ... Ranked second nationally in yards per completion (15.6), fourth in points responsible for (21.5 per game) and sixth in passing TDs (40).
Ranked fourth nationally with 22 completions of at least 40 yards ... Accounted for at least four touchdowns in seven of team's nine Big 12 games (three in the other two contests) ... Led Big 12 in conference play in passing TDs (31; next most was 27; third most was 20), completion percentage (.735; next best was .641) and pass efficiency rating (208.9; next best was 158.8) ... Threw for 319.6 yards per league contest and also ran for 139 yards and six scores in conference play ... Threw at least four TD passes in four straight games (Oct. 15 through Nov. 3) ... His 21 pass TDs from Oct. 15 to No. 12 are the most in school history for a five-game span ... Named the Davey O'Brien Quarterback of the Week after going 27-of-36 through the air for a career-high 545 yards (nine shy of OU record) and a school-record seven TDs in a 66-59 win at Texas Tech on Oct. 22 ... Finished with 564 yards of total offense against the Red Raiders (eight shy of his own OU record) while averaging 20.2 yards per completion and 15.1 yards per attempt ... His 266.3 passing efficiency rating against Texas Tech was the best in school history among players with at least 30 throws ... Threw for 323 yards against Houston (Sept. 3), 390 vs. Texas (Oct. 8), 346 vs. Kansas State (Oct. 15), 328 at Iowa State (Nov. 3) and 300 vs. Baylor (Nov. 12).
Sporting News Player of the Year ... Winner of Burlsworth Trophy (nation’s top player who began career as walk-on) ... named First Team All-American by Sporting News and Walter Camp Football Foundation ... chosen as Second Team All-American by AP and FWAA
Selected as Big 12 Offensive Player of the Year and an All-Big 12 First Team honoree ... finalist for Davey O’Brien Award, Earl Campbell Tyler Rose Award, Manning Award and Walter Camp Player of the Year Award ... semifinalist for Maxwell Award ... started all 12 games ... completed 26 of 41 passes for an OU Orange Bowl-record 311 yards and a TD vs. Clemson ... threw for 180 yards and two touchdowns on 17 of 25 passing and ran 11 times for 77 yards and another score in Big 12-title-clinching win at Oklahoma State (11/28).
Cmpleted 9 of 20 passes for 127 yards and two touchdowns and ran 10 times for 42 yards (did not play in second half due to injury) against TCU (11/21) ... passed for 270 yards and three touchdowns on 24 of 34 passing and ran for another score and 76 yards on 15 carries at Baylor (11/14) ... tossed three touchdowns on 23 of 31 passing for 342 yards and ran for 27 yards on 10 carries with another score against Iowa State (11/7) ... threw for 383 yards and four touchdowns on 27 of 32 passing at Kansas (10/31) ... completed 15 of 22 passes for 212 yards and two touchdowns against Texas Tech (10/24)
Set career high with five touchdown passes on 20 for 27 passing with 282 yards and ran nine times for 33 yards at Kansas State (10/17) ... completed 20 of 28 passes for 211 yards and a touchdown against Texas (10/10) ... threw for 320 yards and 3 TDs on 14 of 25 passing against West Virginia (10/3) ... set a school record with 572 yards of total offense (487 passing, 85 rushing) against Tulsa (9/19) ... also threw four touchdowns on 32 of 38 passing and ran for two scores on 13 carries vs. Tulsa ... also threw for 187 yards and three touchdown passes on 19 of 39 passing and ran for 46 yards and another score on 14 carries at Tennessee (9/12) ... made Oklahoma debut against Akron (9/5) and set OU record for passing yards in a season opener with 388 on 23 of 33 passing with three touchdowns and no interceptions (added six rushes for eight yards and another score)./
Named Oklahoma’s Scout Team Offensive Player of the Year ... sat out season due to NCAA transfer rules after spending his freshman season at Texas Tech.
at Texas Tech...College Football News Freshman All-America honorable mention ... Big 12 Offensive Freshman of the Year ... Played in eight games (seven starts) ... completed 218 of 340 passes for 2,315 yards, 12 TDs and nine INTs ... Pass completions and attempts were most by a Big 12 freshman quarterback since OU’s Landry Jones in 2009 ... Threw for 413 yards on 43 of 60 passing with four TDs and added a rushing TD in career debut in season opener at SMU (8/30) ... named Big 12 Offensive Player of the Week and earned multiple national player of the week awards for his performance in season opener.
Led Lake Travis to a 25-2 record during two seasons as the starting quarterback ... guided team to a 9-2 record as a senior and to a 6-0 record during district play with a District 15-5A Championship ... completed 182 of 288 passes for 2,467 yards with 22 touchdowns and just three interceptions as a senior ... named 15-5A District MVP
Named All-Centex Third Team ... helped lead Lake Travis to an undefeated 16-0 season in 2011 on the way to a 4A State Championship ... passed for 3,788 yards in first season as a starting quarterback on 247 of 378 passing (65%) with 45 touchdown passes and only five interceptions ... Texas Sports Writers All-State Second Team ... AP All-State Honorable Mention ... tallied 6,255 yards on 429 of 666 passing with 67 touchdowns and eight interceptions during high school career.
Son of James and Gina Mayfield ... majoring in communication.
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01/18/18 - 2017 MANNING AWARD WINNER: Reigning Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield was named the recipient of the 2017 Manning Award on Thursday. The Oklahoma quarterback passed for 4,627 yards and 43 touchdowns this season to claim the honor, which is given to the nation's top college quarterback. It is the only award to consider postseason performances in voting by a national media panel as well as Archie, Peyton and Eli Manning. Mayfield led the Sooners to a Big 12 championship and a semifinal berth in the College Football Playoff. "To say he took a different path to success would be an understatement," Archie Manning said in a statement. "I doubt there's ever been a player who walked on to two different teams and reached this level of success." Mayfield left Texas Tech due to communication issues with the coaching staff and then enrolled at Oklahoma in January 2014. He joined the Sooners as a walk-on a month later and was named the starting quarterback for 2015. Mayfield won the Manning Award over the following finalists: Ohio State's J.T. Barrett, Clemson's Kelly Bryant, USC's Sam Darnold, Alabama's Jalen Hurts, Louisville's Lamar Jackson, Penn State's Trace McSorley, Central Florida's McKenzie Milton, Oklahoma State's Mason Rudolph, Auburn's Jarrett Stidham and Arizona's Khalil Tate. Former Clemson star Deshaun Watson was the recipient of the previous two Manning Awards. - The Sports Xchange
01/06/18 - Oklahoma coach Lincoln Riley says he believes Heisman Trophy winner Baker Mayfield ranks among the all-time great quarterbacks in college football history. The numbers support Riley's claim. Mayfield is the first quarterback to finish in the top four in the Heisman balloting three straight years. He ranks sixth in NCAA history in both passing touchdowns (129) and total offense (15,402 yards) and 10th in career yards passing (14,320). He leaves as the all-time FBS leader in passing efficiency with a career mark of 176.0, topping Oklahoma quarterback Sam Bradford's previous record of 175.6. His mark of 190.7 in three years at Oklahoma crushed Bradford's previous school record. Only his freshman year at Texas Tech brought the overall total down.
Mayfield set the FBS record for passing efficiency in a season with a rating of 196.4 last year, then broke it with a 198.9 rating this season. Though the Sooners lost to Georgia in the Rose Bowl on Monday , Riley said Mayfield's overall accomplishments put him "up there" with the greats. "I would say how consistent and how efficient he played the position — he played the position more efficiently than anybody ever has," Riley said. "And did it for a long period of time. We're not just talking about one year. Did it with different sets of skill groups. Was a great leader." Mayfield walked on after transferring to Oklahoma from Texas Tech and led the Sooners to three Big 12 titles. The Sooners never lost in what the school calls "Championship November" with him at quarterback. "Very few guys win three straight championships," Riley said. "And the path he took to get there was a little bit obviously unconventional. Maybe a little bit tougher than most." - AP College Football
01/02/18 - Georgia linebacker Davin Bellamy had two words of wisdom for Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield following the teams' College Football Playoff semifinal on Monday. Then, Bellamy repeated those words again and again. "Humble yourself," Bellamy shouted as Mayfield congratulated the opposition following the Bulldogs' 54-48 win in double overtime in the Rose Bowl. Mayfield did not immediately acknowledge the chants of Bellamy, who apparently was perturbed by the antics of the Heisman Trophy winner. "All I'm saying is humble yourself," Bellamy told ESPN after the game. "All the flamboyancy ... I carry myself the same way, but humble yourself, man. "Our wide receivers came back and told us that they were running their routes before we went out there and he was on their line. Just humble yourself, man, just humble yourself. You're not built like that."
Mayfield has come under scrutiny for lewd crotch grabbing and other incidents, leading to him rendering an apology after the Sooners' rout of Kansas earlier this season as well as planting an Oklahoma flag in the middle of Ohio Stadium. When speaking to reporters after the game, Mayfield said Bellamy earned the right to say what he wants because his team won. "They can say what they want, they won the game," Mayfield said. Mayfield completed 23 of 35 passes for 287 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. He also caught a 2-yard touchdown. Bellamy had two tackles in the win. - The Sports Xchange
12/30/17 - QB Baker Mayfield is battling a flu-like illness as he prepares for Monday's night's Rose Bowl matchup against Georgia.
Mayfield, who had been absent from off-field activities since Wednesday, initially did not show up for Rose Bowl media day in Los Angeles on Saturday, but he later appeared at his podium after he saw all the speculation about his absence.
Sooners coach Lincoln Riley said his senior quarterback was "pretty sick" when the team arrived in Southern California late Tuesday night.
"We've limited him in some areas," Riley said of Mayfield at practice. "Energy level is not normal for him right now, but nothing major as far as having to remove him or him just not being able to physically do anything."
12/30/17 - Oklahoma's Heisman-winning quarterback Baker Mayfield is battling a flu-like illness as he prepares for Monday's night's Rose Bowl matchup against Georgia. Mayfield, who had been absent from off-field activities since Wednesday, initially did not show up for Rose Bowl media day in Los Angeles on Saturday, but he later appeared at his podium after he saw all the speculation about his absence. Sooners coach Lincoln Riley said his senior quarterback was "pretty sick" when the team arrived in Southern California late Tuesday night. "We've limited him in some areas," Riley said of Mayfield at practice. "Energy level is not normal for him right now, but nothing major as far as having to remove him or him just not being able to physically do anything." Mayfield will be taking on one of the best defenses in the country as No. 2 Oklahoma takes on No. 3 Georgia in a College Football Playoff semifinal game.
"When it comes down to it, it's not going to hinder my play. I'll still be out there Monday for the most important thing," Mayfield said, sounding a bit hoarse with an occasional cough. "I'm not dying." There's no guarantee that Mayfield will be at full strength, however. "We're trying to push him to get better, trying to just get over the hump," Riley said. "We haven't been able to get over the hump with his illness yet. ... "He'll be ready to play. Will he be 100 percent physically? We'll see. But he's not going to miss this one." Mayfield has completed 262 of 369 passes for 4,340 yards, with 41 touchdowns and five interceptions. He needs 118 yards of total offense to break Oklahoma's single-season record of 4,767, set by Sam Bradford in 2008. - The Sports Xchange