Baker Mayfield Heisman Trophy finalist

Baker Mayfield and Lamar Jackson among Heisman finalists

Each year, up to five finalists are asked to attend the Heisman Trophy ceremony in New York City following Championship Weekend.

The Heisman favorite also ran for 310 yards and five scores this season.

Jackson improved as a passer, completing 60.4 percent of his passes for 3,489 yards and 25 touchdowns compared to just six interceptions.

Running backs Saquon Barkley of Penn State, Rashaad Penny of San Diego State and Wisconsin freshman Jonathan Taylor, all considered Heisman candidates, were not finalists for college football's most prestigious award. The victor of the award, which goes to college football's most outstanding player, will be revealed Saturday at the Downtown Athletic Club in NY.

Love, a third-year junior, is Stanford's fifth Heisman finalist and seeks to join Jim Plunkett as his school's second Heisman victor.

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.


Who's the most deserving?

The senior finished in fourth in 2015 before climbing up to third in 2016, throwing 76 touchdown passes between those two seasons.

Mayfield's career passing efficiency mark of 176.0 would break the FBS record held by Bradford (175.6).

Love piled up 1,973 rusing yards and 17 touchdowns, averaging over 8 yards per carry. Love rushed for 100 yards in 11 of the 12 games he played, including performances of 263 yards against UCLA and 301 yards against Arizona State in back-to-back weeks.

Oklahoma quarterback Baker Mayfield has been named one of three finalists for the Heisman Trophy. He's a Heisman finalist for the second year in a row after leading the Sooners to a Big 12 title and berth in the College Football Playoff (Rose Bowl vs. Georgia).

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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