NEW YORK – After being left off the top 3 last season, Oklahoma Quarterback Baker Mayfield is one of five nominees who booked their ticket to the PlayStation Hall on Saturday for the announcement for the Heisman Trophy.Mayfield will be joining fellow Sooner Dede Westbrook, as well as Michigan’s swiss army knife Jabrill Peppers, and the other signal callers in Clemson Tiger Deshaun Watson and Louisville Cardinal Lamar Jackson.
While the Junior is competing against all four players (including his teammate) he is also competing against his fellow Quarterbacks in Watson and Jackson. Mayfield is the least appreciated out of the three, statistics show that he is the better than Watson and Jackson.
Critics who believe that Baker Mayfield were not as successful as Lamar Jackson or Deshaun Watson, are only glaring at the two early season losses, and not looking at the season as a whole. The losses to both Houston and Ohio State were ugly ones, but Mayfield did lead his team to a 10-game winning streak and a BIG 12 Title.
Among the three, Mayfield has the better completion percentage than the two at 71%, with Watson at 67%, and Jackson at 57%. The former Texas Tech player also had the most passing Touchdowns out of the tree at 38 (Watson, 37, Jackson 30). It is important to remember that all three are dual-threat Quarterbacks, and while Mayfield did not have the same rushing stats as Watson or Jackson, it is because of the strong Sooner backfield of Samaje Perine and Joe Mixon.
It is also important to realize, Baker Mayfield has been consistent throughout the whole season. Deshaun Watson was not the Deshaun Watson of last year, and if it weren’t for his 6 TD performance against South Carolina, he is not certainly not on the same level as Baker Mayfield or even Lamar Jackson. Lamar Jackson on the other hand, was on an absolute tear to begin the season, seemed to have the Heisman on lock, but tailed off at the end of the season, losing key games to Houston and Kentucky.
From the statistics and the consistency, with all of this in mind, Baker Mayfield has a chance to become the first Oklahoma Sooner to win the Heisman Trophy since Sam Bradford pulled off the feat in 2008. The 82nd Heisman Trophy Presentation will be on Saturday December 10th, starting at 6pm EST.