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Joe Boozell | NCAA.com | December 4, 2017

Mayfield, Jackson, Love named Heisman Trophy finalists

College Football: Hand Him The...Finalists

After a season full of impressive performances, we finally have the list of Heisman Trophy finalists that are headed to New York. They are:

QB Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma

Mayfield, who’s likely to win the award, has been incredible in 2017. He has 4,430 passing yards and 41 touchdowns. He’s averaging a whopping 11.76 yards per attempt and is completing 71 percent of his throws.

Perhaps most importantly: Mayfield led his team to the College Football Playoff. Oklahoma will take on Georgia in the Rose Bowl, where the winner will play for a national championship.

The Sooners lost their head coach, Bob Stoops, along with talented skill position players Samaje Perine, Dede Westbrook and Joe Mixon from their 2016 team. Mayfield has been the one constant, and he’s somehow gotten even better. This is likely his year.  

QB Lamar Jackson, Louisville

Jackson, who won the 2016 Heisman, has been nearly as productive in 2017. The problem: Louisville stumbled out of the gates. The Cardinals are 8-4 now, but their early struggles didn’t help Jackson’s Heisman campaign.

But as usual, he’s posted phenomenal numbers. Jackson has 3,489 passing yards, 1,443 rushing yards and 42 total touchdowns. He’s also thrown three fewer interceptions than he did in 2016, and is averaging the same yards per pass attempt (8.7).

RB Bryce Love, Stanford

Love has battled nagging injuries in the second half of the season, but his total body of work is still awfully impressive. The junior running back has 1,973 rushing yards and 17 touchdowns. He’s averaging 8.3 yards per carry.

Love ran for at least 147 yards in his first seven games this season. A few of his most noteworthy performances: against Arizona State, he ran for 301 yards and three touchdowns. Against UCLA, he rumbled for 263 yards and a score. Those games happened in back-to-back weeks.

Stanford lost Christian McCaffrey from its 2016 team. Love isn’t as much of a receiving threat as McCaffrey, but he’s been even better as a pure runner.  

 

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