Oklahoma’s controversial record-breaking and former walk-on QB has taken home the highest award in college football. The point counts for the top five were as follows:
- Baker Mayfield, Oklahoma (2,398)
- Bryce Love, Stanford (1,300)
- Lamar Jackson, Louisville (793)
- Saquon Barkley, Penn State (304)
- Rashaad Penny, San Diego State (175)
Jackson was last year’s winner. Mayfield was last year’s runner up as a junior, posting 3,965 passing yards and 40 TDs while setting a single-season pass efficiency rating of 196.4. He improved in his senior year to 4,340 passing yards and 41 TDs with an efficiency of 203.8. Mayfield led the Sooners to a 12-1 and another Big 12 championship. Oklahoma will play Georgia in the Rose Bowl on New Year’s Day.
Mayfield began his college career as a walk-on at Texas Tech after shunning offers from schools such as Rice, Florida Atlantic, and New Mexico. Although he started for the Red Raiders, he was not offered a scholarship after his freshman year so he chose to transfer to Oklahoma where he sat out his first season.
Mayfield carries much controversy into his final college game and ultimately the NFL draft.
In June, he pleaded guilty to public intoxication and disorderly conduct.
On Sept. 9, after a victory over Ohio State, he circled the stadium with the Oklahoma flag and planted it on the OSU logo in the middle of the field.
In November, after a series of cheap shots by the Kansas defense on Mayfield, he grabbed his crotch several times and shouted obscenities at the opposing side line.
These incidents and Mayfield’s listed of height of 6’1 follow him into the NFL draft, but it’s assured that someone will spend a high draft pick to give the talented signal caller a shot.