2017 Heisman Trophy: Lamar Jackson, Baker Mayfield, and Bryce Love Vie for the Prize
The Heisman Trophy is the most coveted trophy in college football. Many of the most talented player’s dream of winning this trophy. 2017 has three players vying for the prize. Louisville Cardinals QB Lamar Jackson, Oklahoma Sooners QB Baker Mayfield and Stanford Cardinal RB Bryce Love are in New York. Here is a look at each and what it would mean for them to win it.
Last year Jackson became the first player from the University of Louisville to win the Heisman Trophy. At that time, he was only a sophomore. The Junior QB is once again in the running for the prize. Jackson is trying to become the first back to back winner since Archie Griffin from Ohio State University. He presents a strong case. Jackson ranks 10th in the nation in passing (3,489 yards), 11th in rushing (1,443), and 42 combined TDs. The rushing yards also places him second among QBs. The TDs leads all QBs.
Mayfield is a senior QB at the University of Oklahoma. Mayfield was also a finalist in 2016. In that voting, he finished third. So, many believe that Mayfield is the decisive winner of the highest college trophy. Staking his claim on the award on November 4, 2017, against Oklahoma State University. In that game, Mayfield threw for 598 yards and 5 TDs in a 62-52 win. Mayfield finished the regular season with 4,340 yards passing, 41 TDs, and 5 INTs. Hence, winning the Heisman Trophy could solidify Baker Mayfield as the top QB in 2018 NFL Draft.
Love is attempting to become only the second Heisman Trophy winner from Stanford University. The trophy was previously won by Jim Plunkett in 1970. Nonetheless, Love presents a very valuable case for winning the trophy in 2017. In fact, he is second in the nation in rushing (1,973 yards) and tied for sixth in TDs (17). This season saw him become the first PAC-12 runner since 2005 to run for back-to-back 250-yard games. Also included on his season accolades is reaching the 1,000-yard mark in just 5 games.
Love can also make history Saturday Night in two ways. First, he can be the first PAC-12 RB since Reggie Bush to win the prize. Secondly, he would be the first black Heisman winner from Stanford.
All three men present very strong cases. No matter who wins the 2017 Heisman Trophy, they will be placed in college football lore. Good Luck to all three.
You can see the 83 Heisman Trophy Presentation Saturday Night, December 9, 2017, at 8 PM EST. It will be televised from New York City on ESPN.