Baker Mayfield made history.
The Oklahoma quarterback became the first Heisman Trophy winner to start his collegiate career as a walk-on.
The right-handed gunslinger was not a highly-rated recruit out of high school as the “three-star” recruit had just three offers from smaller schools before deciding to walk-on at Texas Tech. Four years later, and after walking on at Oklahoma, the senior quarterback accepted the Heisman Trophy award Saturday night with a convincing victory.
Mayfield received 732 first-place votes en route to 2,398 total points. Stanford running back Bryce Love finished second with 75 first place votes and 1,300 total points. Louisville’s quarterback Lamar Jackson, who won last year’s Heisman Trophy, took third with 793 total points. Jackson beat out Deshaun Watson last year as he received 2,144 points from voters.
According to ESPN, Mayfield had the third-highest percentage of points received since 1950 at 86 percent, trailing only Oregon’s Marcus Mariota and Ohio State’s Troy Smith.
After picking up several other awards, including Player of the Year from the Associated Press, Mayfield also became the first senior to win the Heisman Trophy since 2006.
For the season, Mayfield completed 71 percent of his passes, threw for 4,340 yards, 41 touchdowns and had just five interceptions all year. With an average completion and passing attempt of 11.8 yards, Mayfield will break the FBS record again after doing so last year.
Since joining the team three years ago, Mayfield has helped lead the Sooners into the record books as Oklahoma has sat atop the FBS in points per game, touchdowns, yards per game and per play the last three years. With the award, Mayfield now becomes just the sixth Sooner in program history to be honored after finishing in the top four the last two years.
Next up for Mayfield is the College Football Playoffs. No. 2 Oklahoma will face No. 3 Georgia in the Rose Bowl on Jan. 1 for the right to play in the national championship game against either Alabama and Clemson.